New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials issued a Winter Weather Congestion Alert based on the forecast for heavy snow which may result in difficult driving conditions. Winter weather is expected to begin in the southern region of the state in the morning and move northward. VIEW PRESS RELEASE
The main determining factor when deciding on implementation of travel restrictions or bans will be the anticipated travel impacts and the potential threat to the impacted public if stranded on the roadway for an extended period. Appreciating the economic impact of travel restrictions and bans on commercial haulers and transportation companies, every effort will be made to only implement travel restrictions and/or bans when needed, and to keep them in place for the shortest duration possible.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.
For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter
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The New Jersey State Police is urging New Jersey residents to prepare for a Nor’easter that will affect nearly the entire state Wednesday into Thursday. The storm is expected to create hazardous travel conditions statewide, so if you do not need to travel, please stay home to allow crews to safely treat our roadways. If you must travel, here are a few tips safety tips to follow:
• Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on slick or snow-covered surfaces
• Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you, which will help prevent rear-end crashes on slick roads
• Make sure you cell phone is fully charged before you leave for your trip
• Pack bottled water, blankets, and dry food goods in the event you get stranded
• Leave a friend or family member a travel itinerary so that they can alert police should you get stranded and/or lose cell service
• Make sure your gas tank is full before you leave in case you get stuck in traffic
• Top off your windshield washer fluid to clear salt from your windshield
• Pack a few bags of sand or cat litter, which can create traction for vehicles stuck on slippery road grades
If your vehicle becomes disabled during the storm, follow these safety rules:
• Call 9-1-1
• Stay inside your car. You are safer inside your car than outside
• Turn on your hazard lights
• To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning, don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows fully up. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm
The best way to avoid storm-related travel hazards is to stay off of the roads, but if you must travel, please take the time to prepare. Before you leave, make sure you check for the latest weather updates. For those living in Northern New Jersey and the New York Metro area, visit the U.S. National Weather Service New York NY at http://www.weather.gov/okx/. For those living in Central and Southern New Jersey, visit the U.S. National Weather Service Philadelphia/Mount Holly at http://www.weather.gov/phi/.
Attention Tandem Operators:
A winter storm is expected starting Wednesday evening, December 16, 2020 and continuing through Thursday afternoon from the Upper Hudson Valley south to New York City. This event is expected to produce heavy snow with gusting winds resulting in hazardous driving conditions and poor visibility. Operators are strongly encouraged to avoid traveling in LCV/Tandem combination in the affected areas during this storm.
As a reminder, the Authority requires your cooperation in the following matters when using a LCV/Tandem Area:
It is the driver’s responsibility to have all snow and ice removed from the roof of all their trailers.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter,
Office of Traffic Management
NYS Thruway Authority
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THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OUR OUR MEMBERS NJMTA HAS EXCEEDED OUR GOAL SET FOR WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA. WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND PARTICIPATION IN THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM.
National Wreaths Across America Day
December 19, 2020
Wreaths sponsored by NJMTA members will be sent to Beverly National Cemetery the final resting place for 49,000 veterans.
Our 2020 Goal was 500 wreaths
Current Orders - 641
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES
THAT HAVE MADE A DONATION
ACCENT TRUCKING CORP.
ALL CHEMICAL TRANSPORT
ANTHONY BAILES INC.
BETT-A-WAY BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
BILL WESTERVELT ASPHALT PAVING, INC.
C. WINTERS SUPPLY
C.R.A TRUCKING CO., INC.
CAMBRIA MACK TRUCKS
CUSTARD INSURANCE ADJUSTERS - JIM GORSKE
DAMEO TRUCKING, INC.
DAVY COLD STORAGE LLC
DAYBREAK EXPRESS, INC.
EAGLE SYSTEMS, INC.
EXPRESSWAY USA FREIGHTLINERS
THE GILBERT COMPANY
GOODYEAR MOTORS, INC.
H & H TRANSPORTATION INC.
HARBOR FREIGHT TRANSPORT CORP.
HECHT FAMILY FOUNDATION
LILLAS WRECKER SERVICE
MJD TRUCKING, INC.
PINNACLE FREIGHT SYSTEMS
PREFERRED TRANSIT, INC.
IN MEMORY OF LT. ROBERT DELMONACO US ARMY
JOSH PIGMAN & FAMILY
RIVERSIDE SUPPLY CO.
ROMARK TRUCKING LLC
SYSTEM FREIGHT, INC.
TAYLOR OIL CO., INC.
THE RICHMOND FAMILY
THOR EXPRESS TRANSPORT, LLC
TOM ADAMSKI IN MEMORY OF BOB GRIFFIN
TOM HASSEL TRANSPORT, INC.
TRANS AMERICAN TRUCKING
TRANSWAYS MOTOR EXPRESS CO., INC.
VALLEY OILS, INC.
BETT-A-WAY BEVERAGE DIST., INC.
The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2020 update to “An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking.” Using detailed financial data provided directly by motor carriers of all sectors and fleet sizes, this “Ops Cost” research annually documents and analyzes detailed trucking costs from 2008 through 2019. ATRI's analysis provides industry stakeholders with an essential benchmarking tool, and government agencies with input on industry finances necessary for comprehensive transportation planning and infrastructure improvement analyses.
ATRI’s newest 2020 Ops Cost report documents the slowdown of freight which occurred in the second half of 2019. The economic softening, combined with a number of independent factors including lower fuel prices, decreased the marginal cost of trucking.
The average marginal cost per mile incurred by motor carriers in 2019 decreased 9.3 percent to $1.65. The line-item costs for almost every major line item experienced some level of decrease. In comparison to the last freight softening, which took place in 2016, marginal costs were still 6 cents higher, indicating the persistence of generally higher costs.
Combined driver wage and benefits decreased slightly in 2019 – from 77.6 cents per mile in 2018 to 69.3 cents per mile – a counterintuitive decrease given the driver shortage. However, bonuses for drivers universally increased, with retention bonuses showing increases of over 80 percent. While the cost per mile for total driver compensation fell, carriers are clearly addressing the driver shortage through other mechanisms.
ATRI’s 2020 report includes a targeted analysis on “Driving the Trucking Industry: Small Carrier Spotlight,” which compares fleets of 100 or fewer trucks to fleets with greater than 100 trucks.
“Given the chaos and volatility of freight markets these days, it is more critical than ever that trucking fleets closely monitor their cost centers,” said Brandon Knight, Principal of Transportation for CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. “ATRI’s Operational Costs report is an important benchmarking tool for fleets of all sizes and sectors.”
Since its original publication in 2008, ATRI has received over 20,000 requests for the Operational Costs reports.
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 192, providing mandatory health and safety standards to protect all New Jersey's workers at work during the pandemic.
The executive order will take the following actions:
Workplace health and safety standards to cover all NJ workers
The executive order will require both private and public sector employers to follow health and safety protocols that will serve to protect their in-person workforces. The Order mandates that as of 6:00 a.m. on November 5th, all employers, at minimum, require individuals at the worksite to maintain at least six feet of distance from others to the maximum extent possible and require employees and visitors to wear masks when entering the worksite, subject to certain limited exceptions.
Other protocols require employers to:
Collaborative enforcement mechanism to address complaints
The Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will support the Department of Health's efforts to address worker complaints from their employers. NJDOL's roles will include establishing an intake form on the NJDOL website to receive complaints and developing an investigation and inspection protocol to review complaints.
Training program to inform workers of their rights and to encourage employer compliance
The executive order also directs NJDOL to provide compliance and safety training for employers and employees. The department will provide materials to inform workers of their rights and businesses of their obligations as well as coordinate with workforce training partners to create and provide training.
Copy of Executive Order No. 192
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