PMTA News

  • March 19, 2020 10:50 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Medical Examiner Certificates - CDL

    Based on the recent events related to COVID 19, PennDOT recently extended the expiration date to April 30, 2020 for driver licenses, photo ID cards, and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020This extension does not apply to Commercial Driver License Medical Examiner’s Certificates (MEC) because this is a federal requirement that PennDOT does not have the authority to waive. Currently operations that process MEC’s have been suspended, along with other operations of PennDOT,  based on the recommendations of the PA Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).   

     

    PennDOT is able through telework to process MEC’s sent to PennDOT for processing by email at 

    Ra-pdCDLMedsCert@pa.gov and by fax at 717-783-5429. If  a CDL holder has recently submitted a MEC using the mail, it is highly recommended that the MEC be resubmitted using the email or fax telephone number above. This will help ensure the MEC is processed timely for the Commercial Driver License holders who have already submitted their Medical Examiner’s Certificate by mail.


  • March 18, 2020 5:45 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, PA. -- In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, many rest areas in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been closed. PMTA has continued to work with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the effort to reopen these stops. 

    PennDOT announced this afternoon that 13 of its 30 rest areas, the ones identified by PennDOT to be most utilized by truckers, will be available again by tomorrow, March 18, for truck parking. Portable restroom facilities will be available at these locations; each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day. Electronic message signs will be used near the applicable centers to notify drivers near the opened areas. 

    Those areas will not be opening the indoor facilities.

    The 13 locations are:

    I-81: Luzerne northbound/southbound, Cumberland northbound/southbound;

    I-80: Venango eastbound/westbound, Centre eastbound/westbound, Montour eastbound/westbound

    I-79: Crawford northbound/southbound, Allegheny northbound only

    Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced partial closures to all 17 service plazas, however, they will be rolling back some of those restrictions by Saturday at the latest.

    The proposed changes by Saturday are set to include:

    Indoor bathrooms will be available at all hours

    The convenience store will be open at all hours

    One restaurant at each location will be open 7am-6pm and will serve a limited take-out menu but all tables and chairs will be removed from the inside of the plazas.

    PMTA will continue to work with these organizations to ensure that our drivers have the resources necessary to do their jobs safely. More updates will be made on PMTA.org as they are available.


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  • March 18, 2020 3:38 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)
      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    March 18, 2020

    EXPANDED EMERGENCY DECLARATION UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23

    No. 2020-002

    THE FIFTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    The President has declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 5191(b), and pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23(a)(l)(i) , an emergency exists that warrants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Coronavirus

    Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks and their effects on people and the immediate risk they present to public health, safety and welfare in the fifty States and the District of Columbia . This Declaration addresses National emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief from the FMCSR for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons .

    By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of the FMCSR, except as restricted herein. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services (such as medical care) or essential supplies (such as food and fuel) related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

    This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs for: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks , gloves , hand sanitizer , soap and disinfectants;

    (3) food, paper products and other groceries for emergency restocking of distribution centers or stores; (4) immediate precursor raw materials-such as paper, plastic or alcohol-that are required and to be used for the manufacture of items in categories (1), (2) or (3); (5) fuel;

    (6) equipment , supplies and persons necessar y to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine , and isolation facilities related to COVID-19; (7) persons designated by Federal , State or local authorities for medical , isolation , or quarantine purposes ; and (8) persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services , the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, including mixed loads with a nominal quantity of qualifying emergency relief added to obtain the benefits of this emergency declaration.

    Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services that are not in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks or when the motor carrier dispatches a driver or commercial motor vehicle to another location to begin operations in commerce. 49 CFR § 390.23(b). Upon termination of direct assistance to emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal work reporting location without complying with Parts 390 through 399. However, if the driver informs the motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest, the driver must be permitted at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before the driver is required to return to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal reporting location. Once the driver has returned to the terminal or the driver's normal reporting location, the driver must be relieved of all duty and responsibilities and must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.

    Nothing contained in this Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver's license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), the hazardous material regulations (49 CFR Parts

    100-180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically exempted under to 49 CFR § 390.23.

    Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.

    In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23, this declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect until the termination of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET) on April 12, 2020, whichever occurs sooner.

    Jim@M- Acting Administrator

    Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002



  • March 18, 2020 10:44 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    I just had a call with George McCauley, Deputy Secretary for PennDOT. It is PennDOT’s plan to begin opening rest areas for truck-only parking over the next day or two. They are unsure whether that will include restroom and vending or keep the buildings closed and utilize port-a-potties or offer no services outside of parking. They are looking at the high volume locations first. We continue to stress the utmost importance rest areas play in maintaining driver health and safety and will continue to press the Department to open these facilities as expeditiously as possible.

    -- Kevin Stewart, PMTA President and CEO


  • March 16, 2020 5:52 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)


    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19.

     

    All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania will be closed for two weeks effective close of business on Monday, March 16.

    These closures are in addition to those previously announced in MontgomeryDelawareDauphin,Bucks and Chester counties.

    Additionally, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended:

    Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.


    These extensions are in addition to those announced in MontgomeryDelaware and Bucks and Chester counties.

    All PennDOT District and County maintenance offices are closed. Additionally, construction projects have been suspended in all counties until further notice, however PennDOT crews are available to perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as needed. 

     

    All PennDOT rest areas and welcome centers statewide will be closed to the public effective 12:01 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2020These rest area and welcome center closures are in addition to those previously announced in Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties.

     

    Public transportation and rail services have also been adjusted. Please check local transit agencies and Amtrak’s website for up-do-date information.

     

    As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website,www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

     

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visitwww.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

  • March 16, 2020 12:00 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with Governor Wolf’s guidance, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is closing all driver license and photo license centers in Dauphin County to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

    The following Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers will be closed for two weeks effective 1 p.m. on Monday, March 16:  

    • Elizabethville Photo and Exam Center, 4686 State Route 209, Suite 5, Elizabethville
    • Riverfront Office Center, 1101 S. Front Street, Harrisburg

    Driver license exams scheduled on or before March 30, 2020 at these locations are canceled.  Customers may reschedule via the website upon the reopening of these locations. These locations will reopen no sooner than March 30, 2020.

    As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

    More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.


  • March 16, 2020 8:30 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Due to nature of the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 situation and in the best interest of the health and well-being of those involved, PMTA has decided to postpone the following events:

    South Central/York-Adams Legislative Breakfast (March 18)
    Truckers Against Trafficking Coalition Build - Monroeville (March 24)
    Board of Directors Meeting (March 25)
    Driver of the Year Awards Banquet (March 25)
    Truckers Against Trafficking Coalition Build - Lancaster (March 26)
    Lehigh Valley Chapter Spring Membership Meeting (March 26)
    Lehigh Valley TDC Tune-Up Drive (April 26)

    PMTA plans to reschedule most of these events at a later date. Those dates have not yet been determined.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and will announce new dates when they are available. Conversations are ongoing about other future events. 


  • March 14, 2020 1:08 PM | Tim Hoffman (Administrator)

    EMERGENCY DECLARATION 
    UNDER 49 CFR § 390.23

    No. 2020-002

    THE FIFTY UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

    The President has declared an emergency under 42 U.S.C. 5121, et seq., and pursuant to 49 CFR 390.23(a)(l)(i), an emergency exists that warrants an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted by this Emergency Declaration. Such emergency is in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks and their effects on people and the immediate risk they present to public health, safety and welfare in the fifty States and the District of Columbia. This Declaration addresses National emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies, equipment and persons, and provides necessary relief from FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transport of essential supplies, equipment and persons.

    By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations, except as restricted herein. Direct assistance means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver(s) incident to the immediate restoration of essential services, such as medical care, or essential supplies such as food, related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

    This Emergency Declaration provides regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations that are providing direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks, including transportation to meet immediate needs for: (1) medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19; (2) supplies and equipment necessary for community safety, sanitation, and prevention of community transmission of COVID-19 such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants; (3) food for emergency restocking of stores; (4) equipment, supplies and persons necessary to establish and manage temporary housing, quarantine, and isolation facilities related to COVID-19; (5) persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for medical, isolation, or quarantine purposes; and (6) persons necessary to provide other medical or emergency services, the supply of which may be affected by the COVID-19 response. Direct assistance does not include routine commercial deliveries, or transportation of mixed loads that include essential supplies, equipment and persons, along with supplies, equipment and persons that are not being transported in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.

     


  • March 13, 2020 9:21 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    As the situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve our host for our tune-up drive, Mack Customer Center, has decided to temporarily suspend all events and visitors on their facility.

    We therefore will not be able to hold the competition this year. We are supporting their proactive approach to safeguarding our friends and family from the possible exposure to this virus.

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for you continued support in this event and support of the Lehigh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association.

    We will return all checks to all of those who have pre-registered and also return checks to our sponsors who have paid.

    Thank you very much and please feel free to contact us with any questions.

    GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONTESTANTS AT YOUR STATE TRUCK DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS!


  • March 04, 2020 10:17 AM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding yesterday announced that twelve counties have been added to Pennsylvania's Spotted Lanternfly quarantine zone ahead of the 2020 spring hatch. With this addition, the quarantine for this invasive pest is now at 26 counties.

    "The Spotted Lanternfly is more than a pest in the literal sense," said Agriculture Secretary Redding. "It's wreaking havoc for home and business owners; kids who just want to play outside; Pennsylvania agriculture and the economy of the state we all call home. Whether you think it's your job or not, we need every Pennsylvanian to keep their eyes peeled for signs of this bad bug – to scrape every egg mass, squash every bug, and report every sighting. We need to unite over our hatred for this pest for our common love: Pennsylvania."

    The new dozen counties are not completely infested, but rather have a few municipalities with a known infestation which led to a quarantine being placed on the entire county out of an abundance of caution. Allegheny, Beaver, Blair, Columbia, Cumberland, Huntingdon, Juniata, Luzerne, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, and York have been added to the quarantine for 2020.

    "Most of these municipalities have already been aggressively treated," said Dr. Ruth Welliver, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry. "With continued aggressive treatment and monitoring, and an actively engaged community, we can strike Spotted Lanternfly from these counties."

    Quick, aggressive treatment to newly identified populations of Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania was funded through the Rapid Response Disaster Readiness line of Governor Wolf's 2019 PA Farm Bill. The 2020 PA Farm Bill proposes another $3 million to combat Spotted Lanternfly, plus an extra $1 million that is uncommitted to readily act in the event of the next agricultural disaster.

    Businesses that operate in or travel through quarantined counties are required to obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit; fines associated with noncompliance can be up to $300 for a criminal citation or up to $20,000 for a civil penalty. Homeowners with questions about treatment are encouraged to contact their local Penn State Extension office or learn about management, including approved sprays. Pennsylvanians who live inside the quarantine zone should also review and sign the Compliance Checklist for residents.

    For more information on Spotted Lanternfly, visit agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly. For more about Governor Tom Wolf's PA Farm Bill and its investments in a sustainable agriculture industry visit agriculture.pa.gov/pafarmbill.



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