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  • 06 Jun 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous

    The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report.  The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to provide full-year 2016 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data.

    The results of this data collection, combined with the previous Operational Costs of Trucking reports, will yield nine full years (2008 – 2016) of trucking cost information derived directly from fleet operations.  This research provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool and government agencies with real world data for future infrastructure improvement analyses.

    “We rely on ATRI’s research to inform so much of our operations and the Operational Costs of Trucking is no exception.  The annual report provides a critical benchmark for us to identify where we can improve our operating efficiency across a number of key metrics.  I certainly encourage my colleagues throughout the trucking industry to support ATRI in this critical data collection,” said Dennis Dellinger, president of Cargo Transporters.

    For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide confidential operational cost data through ATRI’s survey by Friday, June 30, 2017 available online at atri-online.org.  The results of this study will be available later this year, but survey respondents will receive an advance copy of the report.

  • 06 Jun 2017 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    Starting today, June 6, 2017, commercial motor vehicle inspectors throughout North America will conduct high-volume, high-visibility inspections of large trucks and buses through June 8 as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck three-day inspection and enforcement event. Commercial motor vehicles and their drivers will be checked at inspection sites, weigh stations and roving patrol locations along major highways in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

    Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

    During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes examinations of both the driver and vehicle. The vehicle inspection includes checking braking systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, driveline/driveshaft components, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating. Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.

    “This year, International Roadcheck celebrates 30 years,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz, Yukon Highways and Public Works. “Since its inception, more than 1.5 million inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck. We, at the Alliance, are extremely proud of the hard work of all of the inspectors who made those numbers possible. For 30 years, inspectors have been removing unsafe drivers, vehicles and motor carriers from our roadways, and acknowledging safe vehicles with the application of a CVSA decal to vehicles that pass a roadside safety inspection.”

    International Roadcheck is sponsored by CVSA, North America’s leading commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement organization, with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation in Mexico.

    Learn more about International Roadcheck.

  • 25 May 2017 8:26 AM | Anonymous

    The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) reminds motorists that as the Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kick-off for the summer season it is slated to be among the heaviest travel periods of the year.

    “More travelers, especially families, will be on the go this upcoming weekend,” said Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “We anticipate about 2.3 million vehicles on our roadway from Friday through Monday. The busiest time for travel will be Friday afternoon and Monday evening. 

    “In addition to many more people traveling, drivers may be navigating in unfamiliar areas. Remember that a driver’s focus should always be on the road and everyone in the vehicle should be safely secured – that means adults, children, toddlers and babies.”

    As of August, 2016, Pennsylvania law mandates that children under two-years-old be secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of four must be restrained in an approved child safety seat. A booster seat is required for children until their eighth birthday.

    To help accommodate heavier holiday traffic, the Turnpike will suspend maintenance work and have all available lanes open in each direction beginning at 5 a.m. on May 26 through 11 p.m. on May 30. The traffic breakdown is as follows:

    ·       May 26 --750,000 vehicles are expected to travel the system.

    ·       May 27-- 550,000 are expected to travel the system.

    ·       May 28 -- 475,000 are expected to travel the system.

    ·       May 29 -- 525,000 are expected to travel the system.  

    “You are never alone on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” says Lieutenant David Devitt of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop T, the troop in charge of Turnpike patrols.  “We have patrols and safety teams throughout the system who are there to assure you get safely to your destination. That means responding to travelers in need of assistance, as well as taking action against illegal or unsafe behaviors.”  

    “Last Memorial Day weekend the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 69 crashes with seven injuries on the Pennsylvania Turnpike,” said Corporal Holly Reber-Billings. “Troop T also issued more than 1,000 speeding citations and arrested five individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs that weekend.  Speeding and driving while impaired are highly risky behaviors that can result in injury and death. It’s important to watch your speed, and if you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do not drive.”

    In the event of an emergency on the Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone and note your milepost location when calling. During the summer season the PA Turnpike will be conducting regular Safety Breaks at various service plazas. Breaks during the Memorial Day holiday weekend will occur between 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26 at the North Somerset Service Plaza, westbound at milepost 112, and the South Somerset Service Plaza eastbound at milepost 112.

    For more information on Turnpike safety click here https://www.paturnpike.com/pdfs/travel/2013_Safety_Brochure.pdf.

  • 15 May 2017 10:48 AM | Anonymous

    ***original post from Trucking Moves America Forward***

    Trucking plays a vital role in every community across America.

    Our 3.5 million drivers travel 279.1 billion miles annually to deliver the goods that our towns and cities need to thrive - from groceries and medicine, to retail goods, school supplies, and more. In fact, roughly 70 percent of the nation's freight is moved by nearly 32 million trucks on the road, day in and day out.

    The problem is: these millions of hardworking men and women behind the wheel are traversing roads that receive a "D" grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers; moreover, the ASCE found nearly one-third of our roads are in "poor or mediocre" condition, and one in nine of the nation's bridges are structurally deficient.

    In other words, our roads are outdated and our bridges are crumbling - facts the trucking industry understands as well as anyone. And when failing infrastructure slows down trucking, it slows down America, too. Congestion, which is a symptom of our increasingly inadequate infrastructure, cost the trucking industry almost $50 billion in wasted time and fuel last year alone, a cost that affects the entire economy. In fact, as several of the country's lawmakers have noted, due to the conditions of our roadways "American businesses pay $27 billion a year in extra freight transportation costs, increasing shipping delays and raising prices on everyday products."

    The costs associated with insufficient roads, bridges, tunnels and more don't end there: The ASCE also found that by 2020, this deteriorating infrastructure will cost the economy nearly 1 million jobs and hurt GDP growth by $1 trillion. That includes deteriorating pavement and bridge conditions that alone will cost our economy $58 billion per year, and the resulting highway congestion that will cost us more than a quarter billion dollars.

    So, what can we do about it?

    Trucking is proud of the vital role we play in our communities and the economy (to which we contribute $726.4 billion in revenue every year). And we've been enthusiastic supporters of Infrastructure Week ever since we launched our industry movement - Trucking Moves America Forward.

    We support the message and want to spread the word far and wide that to keep Moving America Forward, there's no denying it's time to invest and build. The trucking industry won't sit idly when poor infrastructure puts our mission in jeopardy and prevents us from doing our jobs as safely and efficiently as possible.

    As long as we need to, TMAF will stand strong, advocating for infrastructure spending that improves the highway networks most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel, while prioritizing the safety of the motoring public in the process.

    Importantly, we'll continue to call on our political leaders at the state and federal levels to work with us to close the nation's infrastructure investment gap.

    Our hardworking drivers depend on structurally sound and safe roads to deliver America's goods. Families, neighborhoods, hospitals, businesses and individuals like you and I - indeed the entire American economy - are counting on it.

    And the 7 million-plus workers in the professional trucking industry stand in agreement with all of Infrastructure Week's affiliates and supporters by echoing a unified, clear message: it's #TimeToBuild.

    Kevin Burch is the co-chairman of TMAF, chairman of American Trucking Associations and president of Jet Express Inc.

  • 10 May 2017 12:28 PM | Anonymous

    New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are reminded that the current South Plainfield Agency site located at 698 Oak Tree Avenue will permanently close after business hours, at 1:00 P.M., on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    Customers are encouraged to visit one of these lower volume MVC agencies:

    181-B Routes 31 & 202
    Ringoes, NJ 08822
    South Brunswick
    2236 Route 130 North
    Dayton, NJ 08810
    10 Roosevelt Place
    Somerville, NJ 08876
    1374 Highway 36
    Airport Plaza Mall
    Hazlet, NJ 07730 

    The automated written driver’s license test is available at the following MVC agencies:

    Bakers Basin                        
    3200 Brunswick Pike (Rt 1)
    Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
    404 E Washington Ave
    Washington, NJ 07882

    Directions and additional agency locations are available on the MVC website, www.njmvc.gov.

    The MVC reminds customers to always check our website before any visit to a local office and to take advantage of our “Skip the Trip” license renewal process and our on-line services such as vehicle registration renewals, driver abstract requests, and surcharge and restoration payments.
    For more information about the ongoing positive changes at the MVC, please visit www.njmvc.gov.

  • 10 May 2017 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

    Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

    Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers, and emergency exits (on buses).

    International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period. Since its inception, more than 1.5 million roadside inspections have been conducted during International Roadcheck campaigns.

    International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

    Learn more about International Roadcheck.

  • 09 May 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    Intermittent Closures of Manhattan Bound RFK Bridge Harlem River Lift Span Scheduled for Early Thursday

    15-minute Closures of Manhattan Bound Side of the Span Planned

    Intermittent, full closures on the Manhattan bound side of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge’s Harlem River Lift Span are scheduled for Thursday, May 11, from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m. for installation of a large gantry structure.

    Each closure lasts approximately 15 minutes. Motorists should allow additional travel time or consider an alternate route.

    Motorists can sign up for MTA e-mail or text alerts at www.mta.info and check the Bridges and Tunnels homepage or Facebook page for the latest information on this planned work.

  • 05 May 2017 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it is seeking applications from nonprofit organizations interested in providing instructor-led classes on occupational safety and health as part of the OSHA Training Institute (OTI) Education Centers Program. The national program serves private and public sector employers, supervisors, and workers within OSHA's jurisdiction.

    The program was initiated in 1992 to meet a growing demand for private and public sector training similar to that provided by the agency's OSHA Training Institute (OTI) in Arlington Heights, IL. In the past 10 years, OTI Education Centers have trained more than a quarter of a million students and more than 52,000 students received training in FY 2016 alone.

    For information on how to apply, see the Federal Register notice. Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 30, 2017, and must be submitted by regular mail to Jim Brock, U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA Directorate of Training and Education, 2020 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005-4102. Prospective applicants with questions should contact Mr. Brock at Brock.James.E@dol.gov or by telephone at 847-759-7700.

    A proposal conference will be held at the same Arlington Heights location on May 17, 2017, to provide potential applicants with information about the training program, expectations for OTI Education Centers, and administrative and program requirements.

    OSHA does not predetermine the number of organizations selected to act as OTI Education Centers but selects organizations according to each applicant's qualifications, ability to serve regional populations and OSHA's training needs.

    Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

  • 05 May 2017 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    This year's National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down, from May 8-12, encourages companies and workers to observe a pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

    The stand-downs should also provide an opportunity for employers and their workers to talk about hazards, protective methods and the company's safety policies, goals and expectations. The length of a stand-down is up to the employer.

    The lack of proper fall protection is the violation cited most frequently by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors. Joining OSHA in raising awareness about fall-related incidents are several partners, including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Center for Construction Research and Training.

    OSHA anticipates thousands of employers nationwide to participate in 2017. To guide their efforts, the agency is offering a National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down webpage with information on conducting a successful event, how to post local events, and additional educational resources in English and Spanish. Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation.

    Also supporting the event are the National Occupational Research Agenda, OSHA-approved State Plans, state consultation programs, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the National Safety Council, the National Construction Safety Executives, the U.S. Air Force and the OSHA Training Institute Education Centers.

    For more facts on preventable falls, watch this new short video. To learn more about preventing falls in construction, visit http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/.

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