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  • 18 Aug 2021 1:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute today launched a new data collection initiative to better understand the motivating factors for being an owner-operator, independent contractor, or company driver. This research was identified by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee as a top research priority in 2020. 

    Drivers are asked to provide input through an online data collection form that will measure what job-related factors contributed to becoming an owner-operator, independent contractor, or company driver and whether those expectations have been met. This timely research will provide valuable insight into understanding how drivers could be impacted by legislative and regulatory actions that may impact the way in which drivers are classified. 

    “This ATRI data collection initiative will be critical to understanding why drivers choose the type of employment they do. The motivations behind these choices and their level of satisfaction are important for understanding what types of employment opportunities drivers are looking for and why,” said Tom Weakley, OOIDA Foundation Director of Operations and a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee. 

    The data collection form is available online here and drivers are asked to complete the survey by Friday, September 17, 2021. All submitted data will be kept strictly confidential and participants will receive an advance copy of the full report.

  • 19 Jul 2021 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Commercial motor vehicle inspectors in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. conducted 10,091 inspections and placed 1,273 vehicles out of service for brake-related critical vehicle inspection items on May 26. Inspectors tracked and reported this data to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) for Brake Safety Day, the Alliance’s unannounced one-day inspection and enforcement initiative focused on brake systems.

    In addition, inspectors compiled and reported data specifically on brake hoses/tubing, the focus area for this year’s Brake Safety Day. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reported a total of 1,725 brake hoses/tubing violations from the one-day unannounced brake safety initiative.

    View the full press release for much more data and information.

  • 19 Jul 2021 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The large ten foot table in Linden Mayor Derek Armstead's office is crowded with neatly organized files. It's understandable since the vacant land in his city has become attractive for warehouse facilities.

    The reality is that the tremendous need for warehouse space to meet the bustling Port of New York and New Jersey and the availability of vacant land and even some deserted retail box stores buildings has made the city an inviting location.

    So much so, that Linden officials claim to be hub of warehouse development - the largest in the entire east coast.  The lack of available space elsewhere and the potential at the city's Trembly Point road made the city a natural.

    Armstead points to the Linden's new logistics center along the New Jersey Turnpike with a staggering 840,000 square feet and a second building of 480,000 square feet both located less than 20 miles for New York City. With access from USI, Marine Terminal and the Turnpike the city became a natural for the ferocious warehouse surge.

    The difference is that while some communities such as Robbinsville and Piscataway have mounted legal challenges to warehousing, the vacant and underutilized land in Linden made it a welcome location.

    One published report estimated that 11.1 million square feet of warehouse space was leased just in the past fiscal quarter of 2021.  For the trucking industry the evening television shows urging online shopping means there has to be a place to store the goods before being delivered.

    The warehouse locations in Linden have become home to Amazon, and Walgreens among others.  For Mayor Armstead, the ability to provide new job opportunities, new tax ratables, and little demand for municipal services is a coup.

    For the motor carrier industry that volume growth equates to demand for providing supply to the goods to meet the expansion.

    By Frank Capece an attorney who represents Trucking Companies

  • 12 Jul 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Piscataway Township PD requested our assistance in reminding motorists of a 10-ton weight limit on River Road between Rt. 18 and I-287.

    STMC: Beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 and continuing through Friday, August 6, 2021

    Please activate the following messages as described below.

    Please note that most of these VMS boards normally display travel times.  To minimize interference with travel time messages, we are dedicating only one of three boards on each highway for the messages below.

    We will alternate the messages on the other two boards, displaying travel times during rush hour as usual, and displaying the message below at all other times.

    VMS # 58 -    I-287 South @ Rt.  28 - Union Ave. (MP 13.6)

    VMS # 97 -   I-287 South @ Elizabeth Ave. (MP 11.5)

    VMS # 98 - I-287 North at S. Randolphville Rd. (MP 7.3)

    Message Activation Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

    Message Activation Times on VMS #58:Run message steady beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 6, 2021 at midnight.

    Message Activation Times on VMS #97 & #98:Run messages Weekdays & Weekends 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (not to interfere with travel time messages).

    Message Deactivation Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 at midnight

    VMS # 165 – NJ 18 South @ Hoes Lane (MP 46.0)

    VMS # 122 - . NJ 18 North @ NJTPKE (MP 39.5)

    VMS # 171 - NJ 18 North @ River Rd. (MP 43.9)

    Message Activation Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

    Message Activation Times on VMS #171:Run message steady beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 6, 2021 at midnight.

    Message Activation Times on VMS #122 & #165: Run messages Weekdays & Weekends 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (not to interfere with travel time messages).

    Message Deactivation Date: Friday, August 6, 2021 at midnight

  • 24 Jun 2021 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With less than a week's notice, multiple misclassification bills were introduced and passed out of both the Senate and Assembly Labor Committees.

    S-3920, would provide the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) greater enforcement powers in regards to violations of state wage, benefit and tax laws. It would also provide additional enforcement options in the Office of Administrative Law and in the courts through subpoena powers and injunctive relief.

    This bill would permit the Commissioner to issue a stop-work order for one or more worksites, or across all the employer’s worksites. The orders remain in effect until the Commissioner finds that the employer has come into compliance and has paid any penalties assessed.

    S-3921, would create the “Office of Strategic Enforcement and Compliance” within LWD. It would oversee and coordinate across the divisions of the department and, when necessary, between the department and other state agencies and entities, for strategic enforcement of state wage, benefit, and tax laws, as deemed appropriate by the Commissioner.

    The bill would appropriate $1 million from the General Fund to the department to support and expand the Office of Strategic Enforcement and Compliance.

    The third bill, S-3922, would streamline the identification of employee misclassification. Specifically, the bill would make misclassifying employees for the purpose of evading payment of insurance premiums a violation of the New Jersey Insurance Fraud Prevention Act. The Act is currently silent on misclassifying employees as a form of insurance fraud.

    The bill would specify penalties for fraud when misclassification occurs as $5,000 for the first violation, $10,000 for the second violation and $15,000 for each subsequent violation.

    Identical bills were also passed in the Assembly (A5890/5891/5892)

    The bills passed out of the Assembly 6/21. Should be on Senate list for 6/30 vote.

    NJMTA Comments

    Listen to Labor Committee Hearings - excellent presentation by our lobbyist

  • 24 Jun 2021 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has released it's proposed the Advanced Clean Truck (ACT) Program regulations and has moved forward with the rulemaking process. The NJDEP plans to adopt CARB's ACT regulations by reference. 

    The ACT regulations propose two separate requirements:

    1. Mandate that truck manufacturers begin manufacturing zero emission vehicles (ZEV) for any medium duty or heavy duty vehicle (MDHD) {8,500 GVWR or more} beginning with model year 2025. Manufacturers will earn a deficit for every non-ZEV MDHD they sell and a credit for every ZEV or near ZEV (NZEV) MDHD vehicle they sell. “Sell” is defined to mean a sale to an ultimate purchaser who registers the MDHD vehicle with the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, not a sale from the manufacturer to a truck dealer. If, at the end of the year, the manufacturer has more deficits than credits, the manufacturer will need to purchase credits from other manufacturers. Credits begin in 2024 and are based by vehicle class. Credits can be banked but must be retired oldest to newest and by vehicle class. Deficits begin in 2025 and increase every year through 2035. Deficits are weighted based on variables such as model year, weight class of vehicle, and if the vehicle is a tractor.

    2. Require fleet owners to report 2021 data on their MDHD truck fleet to the NJDEP by April 2022. The purpose of this requirement is to establish a baseline for future rulemaking regarding MDHD ZEVs

    To View the Clean Trucks Proposed Rule

    NJMTA Comments on Proposed Clean Truck Rules

  • 21 Jun 2021 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Driver makes parenting, nurturing daughter a priority, even on the road.

    At two-years-old Evelyn is already starting to recognize words. She even sings along to nursery rhyme songs. It’s the result of a nighttime reading routine thanks to her father, driver Dane Christensen, and his wife, Kim, who make sure there is time for a story, even when daddy isn’t there.  

    Dane works as part of a sleeper team out of CACH, near Chicago, but makes time daily to be an active parent while traveling on the road. He schedules his driving time so he is able to read to Evelyn each night.

    Having a routine in place, Evelyn’s bedtime is at 8:30 p.m. Dane shared that either he or his wife, Kim, would call each other around 8:25 p.m. and start the evening with “Where’s daddy?”

     “We have a map, like the school maps…states are different colors and fun. We have ones of those up on the wall. It has a little UPS truck on it.”

    Dane says Evelyn and Kim move a passport size photo of him on the map to the state he is calling from. After a quick break to brush her teeth, it’s time for three songs and a story. As of late, Evelyn’s favorite story is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. Her top ‘jams’ include: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Moon Moon Moon, and This Little Piggy, with an occasional Row Row Row Your Boat making her playlist cut.

    Dane started the routine of reading to Evelyn when he became a sleeper team driver for UPS in September 2019. Regularly reading to Evelyn benefits her cognitive recollection and it already shows.

    Evelyn recognizes books and sifts through the pile of books in her room to pick her own read for the night. “For a while Brown Bear, Brown Bear was one of her favorite books, and she goes “Brown Bear,” and then she would hand it to me or her mother,” Dane said.

    During the weekends when Dane is home, he and Kim keep their routine of reading and singing with Evelyn before bed. It’s a routine he believes in, “If we have any other children, I’m going to do it the exact same way.”

    Although Dane and his driving partner travel 5,337 miles for four to five days out of the week, through 11 mid-west and east coast states, it is worth it to Dane. This position allows him to spend more quality time with his family, in comparison to his prior job. “I actually get to see my family more often now, because I’m home for solid days.”

  • 14 Jun 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute today released research on how truck drivers currently use truck parking availability systems, and their perspectives on how truck parking information is distributed. 

    The research is based on a survey of more than 1,100 truck drivers, and cross-tabulates findings from all sectors, age groups, experience levels and gender. The research was conceptualized by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC), through their recognition that the numerous truck parking information systems being developed by public sector agencies are often based on disparate technologies and information distribution channels. The RAC believed that the lack of national standardization may be creating confusion and distrust of these potentially invaluable systems. 

    “This new research on driver issues and preferences toward truck parking information systems is hopefully a first step in developing a national driver-centric system, built on clear standards and approaches,” said Bill Hambrick, a professional driver for Werner Enterprises and an America’s Road Team Captain. 

    The research recognizes that the truck parking information systems are managed at a facility level, but corroborates that long-haul interstate drivers are the preferred users of the system, and that the system designs and approaches should not differ considerably across state lines. 

    For access to the full report please visit ATRI’s website at TruckingResearch.org.

  • 25 May 2021 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) is announcing that its five bridge toll crossings in the Hudson Valley are set to convert to cashless tolling beginning in Summer 2021. The conversion to cashless tolling at NYSBA’s toll crossings will be rolled out in phases, starting in July 2021 at the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, which already has some structural elements for cashless tolling that were installed during the initial phase of the current deck replacement project. 

    “This conversion to cashless tolling will bring great benefits, such as reduced congestion, to drivers who use the Bridge Authority system,” said Tara Sullivan, Acting Executive Director of the Bridge Authority. “We’re excited to bring this 21st century technology and improved driving experience to travelers in the mid-Hudson region.”

    The implementation at Newburgh-Beacon will take place after the July 4th holiday weekend, with an exact date to be announced. 

    Projects to convert to cashless tolling on the other four spans operated by the Bridge Authority – the Bear Mountain, the Mid-Hudson, the Kingston-Rhinecliff and the Rip Van Winkle Bridges – will begin in subsequent months, with the conversion to cashless tolling on all five spans to be fully complete by Spring 2022. When cashless tolling is operational at these five bridge crossings, motorists will experience non-stop travel under gantries with state-of-the-art sensors and cameras that read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images.  

    Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged and vehicles without E-ZPass tags will have their license plate image captured and a toll bill mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle via Tolls by Mail.  

    Non E-ZPass customers have a number of options to pay including by mail, over the phone, online, and via the TollsNY app. Customers who call **826 from most mobile devices will receive a text message with a link to the Tolls by Mail website and information on how to pay their toll bill.   

    Get E-ZPass Today

    Motorists are encouraged to sign up for E-ZPass, the easiest and quickest way to pay tolls. All drivers, regardless of residency, can sign up for a New York E-ZPass account at E-ZPassNY.com or by calling the E-ZPass Toll Free Customer Service Center at 800-333-TOLL (8655). 

    Current E-ZPass customers are encouraged to sign up for mobile alerts and to properly mount Tags to their windshield. Customers can login to their account at E-ZPassNY.com for more information. 

    TollsNY App

    The new TollsNY mobile app has been released to help drivers manage E-ZPass accounts, find and pay Tolls by Mail invoices, and get important account alerts for tolls accrued at tolling sites. The TollsNY app is available free in the Apple Store and Google Play.

    The Bridge Authority will offer updates on its social media pages about the upcoming stages of its cashless tolling conversion, including the roll-out schedule. These can be found on NYSBA’s Facebook and Twitter profiles at www.facebook.com/NYSBridge and www.twitter.com/NYSBridge.  

  • 13 May 2021 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the request of New Jersey Motor Truck Association and Fuel Merchants Association, the NJDOT issued a waiver to increase weight on fuel trucks by up to 10% or 88,000 pounds. Click here for NJDOT waiver.

    Please note you will need an overweight permit. Go to Home (gotpermits.com)

    The USDOT just issued an emergency order which allows overweight fuel trucks w ith permits to operate on the interstate system providing the state also issues a waiver. Click here for announcement.


    2021 Fuel Waivers

    Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Specific Counties of Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

    On May 11, 2021, EPA issued a waiver of the requirements for low volatility conventional gasoline and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) in Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Specific Counties of Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The waiver begins May 11, 2021, and ends May 31, 2021. 

    Fuel Waiver Concerning Multi-state.

    District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia 

    On May 11, 2021, EPA issued an emergency waiver of the low volatility Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) requirements in RFG Covered Areas in District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. This waiver is a response to the unexpected Colonial Pipeline shutdown. The waiver begins May 11, 2021, and ends May 18, 2021.  Fuel Waiver Concerning Multi-state.

    FMCSA - Although some states are issuing emergency declarations for size and weight we have to be cautious.

    173.24b(d)(2) states; a bulk packaging may not be loaded with a hazardous material that except as otherwise provided in this subchapter exceeds the maximum weight of lading marked on the specification plate.

    In the past, we have seen issues where the cargo tanks operating under similar emergency declarations have been overloaded with product (usually diesel fuel as its weight per gallon is almost a pound more per gallon than gasoline) and it exceeded the maximum product load that the cargo tank is designed to transport. That is of concern as it may cause additional stresses being subjected to the cargo tank. To my knowledge, PHMSA has never issued any emergency relief on this in the past when states impose emergency declarations on weight limits (both gross weight and axle weight).

    Each manufacturer and tank is designed separately so there is no across the board criteria, each tank would be treated based on the load limits listed on the plate and each carrier would need to know this information to ensure it was not overloading the tank could have structural consequences on the tank over time.

    As an example, gasoline weighs on average 6.19 lbs per gallon, and diesel fuel weighs 7.02 lbs per gallon. So with the above specification plate if it were a 9,400 gallon capacity tank (just grabbed the first example I could find and gallon capacity is not listed on the tank) that was loaded with 9,400 gallons of diesel fuel at 7.02 lbs per gallon the maximum load would weigh 65,988 lbs… which would exceed the limit of the tank marked at 63, 900 lbs by 2,088 lbs maximum capacity and be a violation of the HMR – specifically 173.24b(d)(2).

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