MTA Bridges and Tunnels advise that beginning at 3 a.m., Tuesday, January 10th, cashless tolling will go into effect at the Queens Midtown Tunnel. This means travelers in both directions will either be charged via their EZ Pass account or those without EZ Pass will receive a bill in the mail. Motorists must continue through the toll plaza without stopping.
This Memorandum is being issued in an effort to clarify the above-referenced. The IFTA Articles of Agreement, Section R655 provides:
R655 GRACE PERIOD
.100 Carriers from new member jurisdictions shall be allowed a two-month grace period from the date of the new member's IFTA program implementation to display the IFTA license and decals. However, carriers must maintain the proper credentials for traveling in member jurisdictions until they display the valid IFTA license and decals.
.200 Carriers renewing their IFTA license and decals have a two-month grace period (January and February) to display the renewal IFTA license and decals. To operate in IFTA jurisdictions during this grace period, carriers must display either valid current or prior year IFTA license and decals from the jurisdiction in which they were operating or a valid single trip permit from the IFTA jurisdiction in which they are operating.
Because there are no new member jurisdictions implementing the IFTA in 2016, R655.200 above is the applicable language for the grace period in 2017.
Carriers must display one or more of the following to travel through IFTA member jurisdictions for the first two months of 2017.
1. A valid 2017 IFTA license and two IFTA decals issued by an IFTA member jurisdiction.
2. A valid 2016 IFTA license and two IFTA decals from an IFTA member jurisdiction (if a renewal application has been filed for 2017); or
3. A valid trip permit issued by the IFTA member jurisdiction through which they are operating.
Please be advised that IFTA License Renewals for 2017 MUST BE FILED WITH YOUR BASE JURISDICTION BEFORE THE END OF 2016. The two-month grace period is for display of renewal credentials, not to file your renewal application for those credentials (See R655.200 above).
In order to have a seamless operation into the new calendar year, I encourage you to file your renewal application with your base jurisdiction well before December 31, 2016.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact your base jurisdiction. You can find the contact information by visiting www.iftach.org and clicking on Carrier Information.
Twas’ the night before Christmas, at Farruggio’s Express
When Santa stopped by and seemed quite distressed
The weather is nasty, in most parts of the globe
The snow is blinding to even NASA’s space probe
It doesn’t seem I can make it, we heard Santa cry
The reindeer can’t see thru this blizzard, without them I can’t fly
Over 96 years, I only call on the best
I sit here before you, with a humble request
Rumor has it he said, that you have a system,
To see trucks on the road, their every position
Is it true that you have this, does the Geotab exist
Or is it merely a rumor, simply a myth
We have it Sam said, we have it without exception
With the Geotab we even have a Federal logbook exemption
In that very instant, the trucks on the screen began to glow bright
Like Christmas beacons, shining bright in the night
If it works as you say, he said with a glance
We may be able to do this, we may have a chance
The dispatchers got busy, Sam called all of his friends
They promised dear Santa, this is not how Christmas will end
Santa downloaded the program, he copied the app
He could see every driver, he studied the map
Via text, via email, the instructions went out
Drivers sprang into action, on Santa’s new route
From an app on his iPad, he managed the night
Each package delivered, each present just right
A calm came over Santa, he claimed in disbelief
You made Christmas happen, what a relief
With a twinkle of his eye and his jolly old laugh
He hugged each and every one of the Farruggio’s staff
I learned something new he said with a wink
Technology is amazing, I am just tickled pink
I can’t wait to tell Mrs. Claus, I know what she’ll say
Tomorrow she will have a geotab installed in my sleigh
She can check on my location, now that will be neat
I am just hoping it doesn’t keep track of how many cookies I eat!
In that very instant, he was off in the night
The snow had finally stopped, to the reindeers delight
With a ho ho ho, we heard dear Santa say
Once again you delivered, you’ve saved Christmas Day!
We at Farruggio’s would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Written by Jen Farruggio Bennett
Farruggio's Express is a NJMTA Member
Approximately 4.55 million vehicles are expected to travel the PA Turnpike’s 550-mile roadway from Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day. Typically, the Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. About 90 percent of all holiday travel is by car. Most of the traffic is expected to be spread out over the holiday week. The heaviest days are anticipated to be Dec. 23 and Dec. 27-30 with about 550,000 vehicles projected each of those days.
The PA Turnpike expects good weather for most of the holiday period. However, a wintry mix of variable precipitation consisting of rain, freezing rain, sleet, or snow is slated early the morning of Dec. 24 in the region of the Laurel Highlands and the Northeastern Extension. Turnpike maintenance and the State Farm Safety advisors — made up of Turnpike vehicles staffed by Turnpike workers —will patrol the roadway assisting motorists as needed.
“Just as we plan holiday time spent with family and friends, it is equally as important to plan for a safe trip,” said Mark Compton, PA Turnpike Chief Executive Officer. “We want to be part of those plans and enable motorists to get to their destinations safely. In addition to planning ahead, we encourage them to keep a half-full gas tank, stay alert for changing roadway conditions and access our communications tools.”
During the holiday all construction and maintenance work will be suspended to allow full use of the roadway; all lanes will be available starting 5 a.m. Dec. 23 until 11 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2017 except in the case of emergencies. Additionally, State Police Troop T, the division in charge of PA Turnpike patrols, will deploy additional patrols to stop drunk drivers, speeders and aggressive motorists. “With heavy traffic and the possibility of wintry weather, it’s imperative to pay attention, drive at a safe speed, and keep enough distance between vehicles,” said Commanding Officer of State Police Troop T, Captain Paul S. Gustaitis.
The Turnpike also reminds drivers to heed Pennsylvania's "Steer Clear" law which requires drivers to slow down or move over when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. Drivers must move over or slow down for all responders, including police, fire and ambulance as well as stopped tow trucks and maintenance vehicles.
To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. To learn more about PA Turnpike conditions or to contact us, use one of these resources:
ON THE PA TURNPIKE
Variable & Digital Message Signs — nearly 100 signs along the Turnpike
Highway Advisory Radio — 1640 AM (tune-in near interchanges)
Turnpike Roadway Information Program (toll-free) — 866-976-TRIP (8747)
Customer Assistance Center (toll-free) — 800-331-3414 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
ON THE WEB
TRIPTalk — free, travel-alert smartphone app; download at https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/trip_talk.aspx
Travel Conditions Map — live, inactive conditions map; view at https://www.paturnpike.com/webmap
Waze — a crowd-sourced navigation app that provides real-time traffic conditions with input from other drivers; download at https://www.waze.com
Elite Professional Drivers Encourage Responsibility, Attentiveness this Winter
Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations and America’s Road Team released winter driving tips for motorists taking to the nation’s highways this holiday season.
“Everyone is busy this holiday season running last minute errands for our family celebrations or driving to faraway states to visit grandparents or friends, but the trucking industry wants all motorists to make safety their number one priority,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and forget to focus on safety, which is why we’re happy to provide these tips from professional truck drivers.”
More than 103 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, according to AAA. A higher volume of vehicles traveling side by side on roads in December and early January creates an increased need for adherence to safe-driving habits, especially when coupled with adverse driving conditions. Drivers should be well-aware of the uptick in congestion and plan trips accordingly.
“Have a plan before you pull out of the driveway,” said America’s Road Team Captain Eric Flick, professional truck driver for FedEx Freight. “Accidents happen when people try to rush places and become stressed about meeting deadlines or avoiding bad weather. If you have a plan and prepare for all scenarios, you will be much less likely to take costly risks, putting yourself and others in harm’s way.”
Highly trained professional truck drivers are equipped to navigate through poor driving conditions and make life-saving decisions. The 3.5 million men and women who drive trucks professionally compile hundreds of thousands of driving miles each year and understand the importance of safety. America’s Road Team, a group of elite professional truck drivers, developed the safety tips below in an effort to impart years of safe driving experience into an easy-to-read format for the general motoring public.
Snow and ice are common throughout many parts of North America during the winter months. Conditions are can change with little warning, and attentive drivers should be prepared to slow down and adapt to inclement weather. Additionally, the holidays are a time when friends and families gather together to celebrate with loved ones. Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of highway fatalities and should be avoided at all costs.
Dining room tables set for a family feast. Storefront displays brimming with gifts to exchange with loved ones. Communities and friends joining together for holiday traditions. Bright lights on downtown trees and wreaths on doors.
These are just some of the images we think about when the holiday season is upon us. And no matter who you are, which holidays you celebrate, or where you’re from, all of these images share something in common – they’re all made possible by trucking.
The fact is, trucking touches every aspect of the holidays – and it goes beyond stocking grocery store shelves or delivering that perfect gift. In New Jersey, 85 percent of communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods. In addition to providing all those goods and cargo, trucking keeps your family members moving on the roads for that special time together by ensuring our gas stations are amply stocked with fuel.
From safety to service, the trucking industry is dedicated to ensuring the holidays happen for all of us. It’s the only industry that can say it directly ships to every community in America, helping to make this time of the year brighter for all families – snow, sleet, rain or shine. Professional truck drivers sacrifice time with their own families to ensure our gifts are delivered, our tables are set, and our roads are safe – a true embodiment of the holiday spirit.
The New Jersey Motor Truck Association wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
To our truck drivers, many who may be on the road and away from home this holiday season, THANK YOU for all you do to keep America moving and please stay safe, warm and have a wonderful holiday season!
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a Final Rule establishing comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements. The standards established in today’s rule address the knowledge and skills necessary for the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles and also establish minimum qualifications for entities and individuals who provide entry-level driver training. The entry-level driver training Final Rule retains many of the consensus recommendations of a negotiated rulemaking committee comprised of 25 stakeholders and FMCSA representatives.
“Ensuring that drivers are properly trained is a critical element in improving road safety for everyone,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The entry-level training standards for large truck and bus operators put forth today exemplify a commitment to safety from a broad coalition of commercial motor vehicle stakeholders.”
The comprehensive CDL training requirements, which emphasize safety and promote driving efficiency, will result in lives saved, reductions in fuel consumption and emissions, vehicle maintenance cost reductions, and industry-wide performance improvements. The rulemaking was mandated by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
“This new rule represents the culmination of a sustained and coordinated effort to identify appropriate pre-licensing CDL standards that will enhance safety on our Nation’s roads,” said FMCSA Administrator T.F. Scott Darling, III. “Without the collective efforts of our stakeholders working closely with us, we could not have completed this important lifesaving rule. We especially appreciate the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee for its tireless efforts and expertise to enhance roadway safety through the negotiated rulemaking process.”
Under the Final Rule announced today, applicants seeking a CDL would be required to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge training and behind-the-wheel training on a driving range and on a public road, with training obtained from an instructional program that meets FMCSA standards. There is no required minimum number of hours for the knowledge or behind-the-wheel portions of any of the individual training curricula, but training providers must determine that each CDL applicant demonstrates proficiency in all required elements of the training in order to successfully complete the program.
Mandatory, comprehensive training in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories would apply to the following individuals under the Final Rule:
First-time CDL applicants, including:
“Class A” CDLs
“Class B” CDLs
Current CDL holders seeking a license upgrade (e.g., a Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL) or an additional endorsement necessary to transport hazardous materials, or to operate a motorcoach or school bus.
All of these individuals are subject to the entry-level driver training requirements and must complete a course of instruction provided by an entity that meets the qualification standards set forth in the Final Rule. FMCSA anticipates that many entities currently providing entry-level driver training, including motor carriers, school districts, independent training schools, and individuals will be eligible to provide training that complies with the new requirements.
Drivers who are not subject to or are excepted or exempted from federal CDL requirements are not subject to this Final Rule. For example, military drivers, farmers, and firefighters who are excepted from federal CDL requirements are not subject to this Final Rule.
The entry-level driver training Final Rule goes into effect on February 6, 2017, with a compliance date of February 2020.
Click here to view the entry-level driver training Final Rule.
Click here to learn more about Entry-Level Driver Training.
Click here to view the list of Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee members.
The American Trucking Associations thanked Congress for enacting a fix to the hours-of-service restart that will restore the regulation to the pre-July 2013 version and reduce crash risk on our nation’s highways.
“ ATA thanks Congress for passing this Continuing Resolution, which includes language to permanently fix the hours-of-service restart, and that the President is expected to sign into law shortly. It is now our hope that as an industry, we can put this issue firmly in the rearview mirror,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Thanks to hard work by Congressional leaders of both parties and in both chambers, we are one step closer to having an hours-of-service restart rule that makes sense and puts safety first”
The language in the C.R. should, pending the results of a Department of Transportation study, restore the restart rules to what they were before July 2013 when two unjustified restrictions were imposed on 3.5 million professional truck drivers.
“The changes to the restart could have been devastating to my fleet and thousands of other trucking companies across the country,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., Dayton, Ohio. “By including this language, Congress has done a tremendous service for highway safety, the trucking industry, its millions of professional drivers and Congress should be thanked.”
In July 2013, the Obama Administration restricted the use of the restart – an extended off-duty period drivers use to reset their workweeks – to only once every 168 hours and required that the restart period include two overnight stretches between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. The impact of these changes – until they were suspended in 2014 – was an uptick in early daytime driving by trucks and an increase in crashes due to the resulting congestion.
“These rules, put forward based on a very limited laboratory sleep study, could have had serious negative safety impacts,” Spear said. “The restart is an important tool for drivers, not to maximize driving time, but to have the flexibility to maximize off-duty time and time at home, and we are pleased that drivers will continue to have unrestricted access to it.”
Today, American Trucking Associations said the turnover rate at truckload fleets with more than $30 million in annual revenue dropped two points to 81%, the third decline in 2016, in the third quarter – the lowest point since the second quarter of 2011.
“Ongoing softness in the freight economy has contributed to an easing of the market for drivers and a reduced turnover rate,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. “Since the end of the third quarter, we have seen signs that we may be reaching the end of the poor inventory cycle that has driven a lot of the weakness in the freight economy, so we may see turnover rates rebound in the months to come.”
The turnover rate at smaller truckload fleets rose one point to 80% and turnover at less-than-truckload carriers fell three points to 9%.
“Despite the falling turnover rate, carriers continue to report difficulty finding well-qualified drivers, a problem that will not only persist, but which will get worse as the freight economy improves,” Costello said.
In an effort to help reduce the number crashes, fatalities and injuries attributed to unsafe driving behaviors, law enforcement agencies throughout North America increased traffic safety enforcement of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and private passenger-vehicle (car) drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 16-22, 2016.
CMV safety enforcement officials issued warnings or citations to 20,648 CMV drivers and private passenger-vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors. Examples of unsafe driving behaviors include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, traveling too closely, improper lane change, etc.
During this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, data was collected by nearly 3,000 law enforcement officials at locations across the United States and Canada.
The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers (as a percentage of total CMV warnings and citations) were:
The top five warnings and citations issued to private passenger-vehicle drivers (as a percentage of total passenger vehicle warnings and citations) were:
“This year, the Operation Safe Driver Week campaign specifically targeted the unsafe driving behaviors that are more often the cause of crashes,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz of Yukon Highways and Public Works. “Through a variety of high-visibility and covert driver traffic enforcement initiatives, in addition to driver education and outreach activities, law enforcement agencies capitalized on the opportunity the weeklong campaign provided to continue their work toward making sure the drivers on our nations’ roadways are sharing and navigating those roadways safely.”
The following is a closer look at this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week traffic enforcement results:
CVSA holds this weeklong campaign every year because unsafe driver behaviors continue to be the leading cause of roadway crashes. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of private passenger-vehicle crashes.
The Operation Safe Driver Program was launched in 2007 by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, to combat the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and private passenger vehicles by improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around commercial motor vehicles – and initiating educational and enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
Click here to download a chart detailing the 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week results.
Click here more information on the Operation Safe Driver Program.
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