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  • 13 Jul 2017 9:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In July 2017 all NJ Motor Truck Association (NJMTA) members who were participants in MTA's health benefits program through Association Master Trust, in 2016 and still active as of July 1, 2017 received a credit equal to 3% of their annual premium as a credit on their July 2017 statement. This is each MTA participating member company's share of a total $3.1 million dollar return for 2016.

    The Association Master Trust Trustees declared a dividend as a result of surplus premium due to lower than expected utilization.

    What other health plan returns excess premiums? Other health plans may use excess premium for shareholder dividends or executive compensation as opposed to returning it to participants. This is why Association Master Trust is so unique, it's a health plan owned by small business owners for small business owners.

    Association Master Trust offers a wide range of plan designs at competitive prices and its customer service is unparalleled in the industry.  The return of premium in 2017 is in addition to the $2.5 million returned in 2016 for 2015. In the last six years Association Master Trust has returned $14 million to members.

    To get quote from Association Master Trust call Joy Castagno 973-379-1090 x 229 or click here.  All regular and associate members in good standing are eligible for coverage. 


  • 12 Jul 2017 11:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On May 3, 2017, more than 9,500 commercial motor vehicles were inspected for an unannounced brake safety enforcement event, Brake Safety Day. Enforcement personnel throughout North America conducted inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

    The goal of Brake Safety Day is to conduct roadside inspections, and identify and remove vehicles with critical brake violations from our roadways in an effort to reduce the number of crashes caused or made more severe by poorly maintained braking systems on commercial motor vehicles. The event also sought to evaluate how well ABS are maintained in accordance with federal regulations.

    Inspection data from the unannounced one-day brake safety enforcement initiative featured the following notable results:

    • A total of 43 jurisdictions participated – 33 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces/territories.
    • The United States conducted 8,140 commercial motor vehicle inspections; Canada conducted 1,384.
    • In all, 9,524 inspections were conducted as part of Brake Safety Day.
    • 79 percent of the vehicles inspected did not have any critical item vehicle violations.
    • 21 percent (1,989) of all inspections conducted resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for vehicle violations of any kind.
    • 12 percent (1,146) of all inspections conducted resulted in a vehicle being placed out of service for brake-related violations.

    Many participating jurisdictions were able to survey ABS compliance, as follows:

    • 4,635 air-braked trucks and tractors were identified as requiring ABS; 8 percent (391) had ABS violations.
    • 3,222 trailers were identified as requiring ABS; 15 percent (487) had ABS violations.
    • 723 hydraulic-braked trucks required ABS; 6 percent (41) had ABS violations.
    • 57 buses required ABS; 11 percent (6) had ABS violations.

    Brake Safety Day aims to improve commercial motor vehicle brake safety awareness throughout North America. Brake-related violations comprise the largest percentage of all out-of-service violations cited during roadside inspections. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce the braking capability and increase stopping distances of trucks and buses, which pose a serious risk to driver and public safety.

    CVSA’s Operation Airbrake Program is holding one more brake safety enforcement event this year. The next Brake Safety Day event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at participating jurisdictions throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

    Brake Safety Day is part of the Operation Airbrake Program sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


  • 06 Jun 2017 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    ***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 member (Administrator)

    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:

    Flemington
    181-B Routes 31 & 202
    Ringoes, NJ 08822
    South Brunswick
    2236 Route 130 North
    Dayton, NJ 08810
    Somerville
    10 Roosevelt Place
    Somerville, NJ 08876
    Hazlet
    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
    Washington
    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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.


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