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  • 26 Oct 2020 6:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT.

    Comments sought on the regulation of property carrier brokers in general, and on three pending petitions concerning specific property carrier broker regulation issues. This meeting does not pertain to broker or freight forwarder minimum financial responsibility matters. Register at:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/.../fmcsa-broker-freight...


  • 22 Oct 2020 12:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Toll Collectors to Return to GWB & Lincoln Tunnel While New, More Sophisticated All-Electronic Tolling Is Installed  

     Holland Tunnel Will Remain Cashless; New Tolling Technology to Come Online in Next 60 Days 

    Watch Time Lapse Video of Installation of New Electronic Tolling Gantries at Holland Tunnel Here 

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that cash toll collection will be temporarily restored for the next 18 months at the Lincoln Tunnel and at the upper level of the George Washington Bridge beginning Monday, October 26.  

    Approximately 100 toll collectors will return to toll booths for approximately 18 months while construction continues to transition the Lincoln Tunnel and George Washington Bridge from older tolling systems to more sophisticated, modern, all-electronic tolling technology. To ensure the safety of the toll collectors at these crossings, all workspaces such as booth interiors and common areas will receive enhanced cleanings. Employees will receive PPE and disinfectants to use while in their booths.  

    Cash toll collection at the Lincoln Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge will cease permanently by mid-2022 when the construction and installation of new tolling technology is expected to be completed. At the Holland Tunnel, cash toll collection ceased on March 22, and the tunnel will remain cashless permanently as the installation of this modern technology will be completed in the next 60 days. 

    The Port Authority upgraded to an all-electronic tolling system, which uses overhead gantries in place of toll lanes and booths, at the Bayonne Bridge in February 2017, at the Outerbridge Crossing in April 2019, and at the Goethals Bridge in September 2019.  

  • 14 Oct 2020 12:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NJ MVC EXTENSIONS AND CDLS

    Was my expiration date extended?

    The following documents, if expiring between Mar 1 and May 31, have been extended to September 30.

    If expiring between June 1 and August 31, they have been extended to December 31.

    • All standard driver licenses (including permits) 
    • Standard non-driver IDs 
    • Vehicle registrations 
    • Inspections 
    • Temporary tags 

    Commercial Driver Licenses (CDLs) and Commercial Learner’s Permits (CLPs)

    What about CDL Extensions?

    Any valid New Jersey CDL or CLP due for renewal between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 has been extended until December 31, 2020. This means expirations that were previously extended to September 30 have been extended for another three months

    Medical Certifications have also been extended.

    For CDL and CLP holders whose medical certification or medical variance expired

    • March 1 to May 31, 2020, your new due date is October 31, 2020.
    • June 1 to December 31, 2020, the new due date is December 31, 2020.

    HAZMAT endorsements that expired between April 1 and June 30 are extended for 180 days.

    HAZMAT endorsements expiring between July 1 and October 29 are extended to Dec 31, 2020.

    The extensions mirror those issued recently by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees CDLs, and the federal Transportation Security Administration, which oversees Hazardous Materials endorsements (HAZMAT).

    https://www.state.nj.us/mvc/ 

    UPDATED Thursday, October 1, 2020

  • 08 Oct 2020 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BRIDGE AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES START OF

    NEWBURGH-BEACON BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT PROJECT

    Project to Bring New Road Surface for Westbound Travelers

    Traffic Patterns Announced for Construction Period

    Highland, N.Y. – The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) today announced the start of the full deck replacement project on the north (westbound) span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, as well as new traffic patterns that will take effect by mid-December. Once the multi-year project is complete, drivers will experience a brand new road surface while traveling westbound on the span. It represents a major capital improvement in a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the Northeast.

    The north span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is the older of the dual spans and carries westbound Interstate 84 traffic across the Hudson River. First opened in 1963, the last deck replacement took place in the early 1980s, shortly after the south span of the Newburgh-Beacon was opened.

    To ensure that the project is completed effectively and efficiently, the Bridge Authority and its contractor have announced a plan to reroute traffic during construction. Most traffic will be routed onto the wider south span, with the exception of westbound traffic coming from Route 9D. By December 15, 2020, the following traffic patterns will be in effect:

    • For eastbound traffic coming from I-84: Two lanes, rather than the usual three, will go across the south span of the bridge. Traffic entering I-84 from the Route 9W on-ramp will need to merge into eastbound traffic.
    • For westbound traffic coming from I-84: Two lanes from I-84 will be routed toward the south span within the vicinity of the toll plaza. Once on the bridge, eastbound and westbound traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier.
    • For westbound traffic coming from Route 9D: Drivers will utilize the exit ramp and stay in the northernmost lane on the north span, which currently functions as a breakdown lane. Bridge Authority maintenance staff will be repaving the breakdown lane during summer 2020 to prepare it for its increased use during construction.

    “Our engineering team and contractor believe the traffic plan we have put in place is the best option for keeping traffic flowing while the bridge receives this vital improvement,” said Tara Sullivan, Acting Executive Director for the Bridge Authority. “The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge is a critical connector for the Hudson Valley and the entire Northeast. It will remain that way for decades to come, thanks to this deck replacement.”

    The entire deck replacement project at the north span is expected to wrap up by July 2023, with most work expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.

    Yonkers Contracting Co. was awarded the project in June. In addition to the deck replacement, Yonkers Contracting will also be putting in structural elements for a future conversion to cashless tolling. The Bridge Authority encourages all drivers to make the switch to E-ZPass in order to save time and money during their travels. Information on setting up an account can be found at www.e-zpassny.com.

    The south span of the Newburgh-Beacon had its deck replaced between 2012 and 2014. One difference with the newest deck replacement project will be that the concrete will be poured in place on the bridge, rather than pre-poured panels of concrete being installed on the bridge. This eliminates joints between panels and ensures a better finished product. Another difference from the previous deck replacement project is that traffic will have more room to travel by being able to access the wider south span during the construction project.

    Once complete, the deck replacement of the Newburgh-Beacon north span will cap off a decade-long period of several significant improvements to the Bridge Authority’s most traveled crossing. In addition to the south span deck replacement, the Bridge Authority completed a rehabilitation of the I-84 overpass over Route 9W in 2019.  

    Traffic updates for all spans operated by the New York State Bridge Authority can be found on NYSBA’s Facebook and Twitter profiles at www.facebook.com/NYSBridge and www.twitter.com/NYSBridge.  

    The New York State Bridge Authority

    The New York State Bridge Authority operates the Bear Mountain, Newburgh-Beacon, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff and Rip Van Winkle Bridges. It also owns and maintains the structure of the Walkway Over the Hudson pedestrian bridge. The Authority is funded principally from bridge tolls and receives no state or federal tax monies for bridge maintenance and operation. Learn more at www.nysba.ny.gov.


  • 05 Oct 2020 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hours of Service

    “Hours of service” refers to the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted to be on duty including driving time, and specifies number and length of rest periods, to help ensure that drivers stay awake and alert. In general, all carriers and drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must comply with HOS regulations found in 49 CFR 395.

    View a summary of the HOS regulations for property- and passenger-carrying drivers.

    HOS Final Rule

    On June 1, 2020, FMCSA revised four provisions of the hours of service regulations to provide greater flexibility for drivers without adversely affecting safety. Motor carriers are required to comply with the new HOS regulations starting on September 29, 2020.

    What has changed?

    Short-haul Exception

    Expands the short-haul exception to 150 air-miles and allows a 14-hour work shift to take place as part of the exception.

    Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

    Expands the driving window during adverse driving conditions by up to an additional 2 hours.

    30-Minute Break Requirement

    Requires break of at least 30 consecutive minutes after 8 cumulative hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allows an on-duty/not driving period to qualify as the required break.

    Sleeper Berth Provision

    Modifies the sleeper berth exception to allow a driver to meet the 10-hour minimum off-duty requirement by spending at least 7 hours of that period in the berth combined with a minimum off-duty period of at least 2 hours spent inside or outside the berth, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours. When used together as specified, neither qualify period counts against the 14-hour driving window.

    Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS)

    FMCSA launched a new online tool that allows users to enter driver records of duty status to see if there are potential violations with the new hours of service regulations.

    Learn More About The HOS Final Rule

    HOS Final Rule in the Federal Register

    HOS Final Rule Fact Sheets

    HOS Visor Card

    HOS Rule Change Webinar Recording (June 2020)

    508 Compliant Webinar Slides

    HOS Question & Answer Session Recording (July 2020)

    508 Compliant Webinar Slides

    HOS Question & Answer Session Recording (September 2020)

    Get to Know the New Rule (Español)

    HOS Fact Sheet (Español)

    Questions?

    If you still have questions after reviewing the materials provided above, please submit your questions for consideration in future HOS webinars.

    Who Must Comply?

    Most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers must comply. In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

    ·         Weighs 10,001 pounds or more

    ·         Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more

    ·         Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation

    ·         Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation

    ·         Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards


  • 11 Sep 2020 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Motor Truck Association Golf Outing & Networking Event originally scheduled for September 10th has been postponed until SEPTEMBER 24th at Forsgate Country Club.

    Due to our postponement we are now able to accept more golf registrations.  If you missed our previous deadline you now have until September 17th to register.  Get your registration in today! 

    SIGN UP ONLINE TODAY AT WWW.NJMTA.ORG

    A special thank you so some of our sponsors

    Major Tournament Sponsor - Safeway Trucking Corporation

    Player Gift/Prize Sponsor - Atlantic Utility Trailer Sales, Inc.

    Cocktail Party/Lunch Sponsor - Hall's Fast Motor Freight

    Cigar Roller Sponsorship - National Retails Systems, Inc.

    Mega Door Prize Sponsorship - NFI

    Breakfast/Beverage Cart Sponsor - Hermann Transportation Services

    Golf Cart Sponsor - Bergey's Truck Centers

    Halfway House Sponsors - Strick Trailers & Campbell Freightliner & FedEx

    Cup Sponsor - Mack Trucks, Inc.

    Putting Green Sponsor - Edge Consulting

    Email jblazovic@njmta.org if you have any questions.


  • 01 Sep 2020 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to the current health crisis, taxpayers who filed a paper Form 2290 to report and pay the highway use tax for the taxable period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, can expect a significant delay in receiving their IRS-stamped Form 2290 Schedule 1 receipt. This communication summarizes alternative documentation that meets the proof of payment requirement in the Treasury Regulations and, accordingly, the requirement of 23 U.S.C. § 141(c) that State Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs) secure proof of payment of the highway use tax in order to avoid a potential reduction in Federal-aid highway funds apportioned under 23 U.S.C. 104(b). The acceptable forms of alternative documentation are described below and in Treasury Regulation § 41.6001-2.

    Background

    Certain taxpayers must file Form 2290 and Schedule 1 for the tax period beginning on July 1, 2020, and ending on June 30, 2021, if a taxable highway motor vehicle is registered, or required to be registered, in the taxpayer’s name under state or District of Columbia law at the time of its first use during the tax period and the vehicle has a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This generally includes large trucks, truck tractors and buses. Vans, pickup trucks, panel trucks, and similar trucks generally aren’t subject to this tax. The tax is based on the taxable gross weight of the vehicle. See the Instructions for Form 2290 for additional information on the highway use tax. Note that this communication does not address vehicles registered or required to be registered under Canadian or Mexican law, to which different rules apply.

    Upon processing a taxpayer’s Form 2290 and highway use tax payment, the IRS stamps the Form 2290 Schedule 1 and returns the Schedule 1 to the taxpayer, as proof that the taxpayer paid the tax with respect to the vehicle or vehicles listed on the stamped Schedule 1. A taxpayer then presents the Schedule 1 as proof of payment of the tax when registering the vehicle(s) with a state’s DMV. Such proof of payment is required in order to register vehicles the use of which is subject to the tax.

    Generally, taxpayers must file Form 2290 and pay the tax by August 31, 2020, for vehicles used on the road during July 2020.

    Acceptable Documentation

    Depending on a taxpayer’s circumstances, a taxpayer may have one or more alternatives available if they have not received their current year IRS-stamped Schedule 1 when they seek to register a highway motor vehicle subject to the tax.

    • If a state receives an application for registration for a highway motor vehicle during the months of July, August or September, a state may accept from the taxpayer, as proof of payment for the current taxable period, the stamped Schedule 1 that was originally provided by IRS as proof of taxpayer’s payment of tax for the immediately preceding taxable period. The preceding period’s Schedule 1, however, must include the VIN number of the vehicle that the taxpayer seeks to register in the current period.

    Taxpayers must still file Form 2290 for the current period by the due date of the return. See Excise Tax on Use of Certain Highway Motor Vehicles Treasury Regulation § 41.6001-2(b)(4).

    • A state must accept as proof of payment a photocopy of the Form 2290 (with the Schedule 1 attached) that was filed with the IRS for the vehicle being registered, along with sufficient documentation that the taxpayer paid the tax due at the time the Form 2290 was filed. For example, this documentation may consist of (i) if a taxpayer has paid by paper check, a photocopy of both sides of a cancelled check; (ii) if a taxpayer has paid using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, a copy of the acknowledgment of payment; or (iii) if the taxpayer has paid using an Electronic Funds Withdrawal, a copy of the taxpayer’s monthly bank statement indicating “IRS USA Tax Payment,” “IRS USA Tax Pymt,” or similar language.

    This substitute proof of payment may be used to register a vehicle when, for example, the receipted Schedule 1 has been lost, or when at the time required for registration of a vehicle, a stamped Schedule 1 has not been received by a taxpayer who has filed a Form 2290 with respect to such vehicle. See Treasury Regulation § 41.6001-2(c)(2)

    • A state may register a highway motor vehicle without proof of payment of the tax if the taxpayer registering the vehicle presents the original or a photocopy of a bill of sale (or other document evidencing transfer) indicating that the vehicle was purchased by the owner either as a new or used vehicle during the preceding 60 days before the date that the state receives the application for registration of the vehicle. However, taxpayers must file Form 2290 and submit any tax due (if applicable) by the due date. See Treasury Regulation § 41.6001-2(b)(1).

    IRS e-file for convenience, fast Schedule 1

    The IRS encourages all owners to take advantage of the speed and convenience of efile and paying any tax due electronically. Some taxpayers have the option of filing Form 2290 on paper, but for those with 25 or more taxed vehicles they must e-file Form 2290.

    There is no need to visit an IRS office because the form can be e-filed, and any required tax payment can be made online. Visit IRS.gov for a list of IRS-approved e-file providers and to find an approved provider for Form 2290 on the 2290 e-file partner’s page.

    For more information about the highway use tax, visit the Trucking Tax Center at IRS.gov/trucker.

  • 01 Sep 2020 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has kicked off its annual tire safety awareness campaign.

    National Tire Safety Week will run from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6. The event was originally due to be held in late May, but was postponed due to Covid-19.

    The association said the overarching message of the campaign is “Check your tires”, and it applies to all drivers, including truckers. 

    “National Tire Safety Week is an initiative that educates drivers about the critical role they play in maintaining tire safety, and ensures they have the information they need to successfully prioritize safety on the road,” said Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA.

    A number of member companies, including Bridgestone, Continental Tire, Cooper Tire, Michelin, Pirelli Tire and Yokohama Tire, have developed their own initiatives focused on the safety campaign.

    As the week begins, consider the following tips that apply where the rubber literally meets the road.

    Tire tips for commercial vehicles

    • Set and maintain correct inflation pressures

    Goodyear experts point out maintaining proper inflation pressure is the “single most effective practice that a fleet or driver can employ to impact tire wear, casing life and overall performance.”

    But accurate readings rely on the use of a calibrated air gauge. Also, be sure to measure the inflation pressures when the tires are cold, before a trip begins.

    • Watch your speed

    Highway speed limits are increasing in many parts of the U.S., but your truck tires may not be rated to travel at those speeds. Remember to abide by the tire’s maximum recommended speed.

    • Create a tire management program

    A comprehensive tire management program will track inflation, tread depths, and wear patterns alike. Consider establishing a tire manual as well, identifying key information about recap spec’s and when tires should be pulled.

    • Take a closer look

    Every pre-trip inspection will involve the search for under-inflated or damaged tires. Keep an eye out for cuts, cracks, blisters, bulges and other issues, including unusual wear patterns such as cupping and feathering.

    • Keep everything in line

    regular alignment schedule can help prevent irregular tire wear. Supplementing a traditional front-end alignment with a drive axle alignment can also help to boost fuel economy.

    • Match the tires on dual assemblies

    Dual assemblies that include tires with diameters that differ by little more than one-quarter of an inch can lead to unwanted scrubbing patterns on the smaller of the two tires, because it won’t maintain constant contact with the road.

    When choosing tires for an assembly, consider the tire size, load-carrying capacity, and type of service the tires are designed for.

    • Sources: Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone


  • 24 Aug 2020 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today is the start of Brake Safety Week, which is Aug. 23-29. Throughout the week, law enforcement personnel will conduct roadside safety inspections to identify commercial motor vehicles with brake violations. Vehicles discovered to have critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item conditions, as outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, will be removed from roadways until those violations are corrected. 

    Inspectors will also pay special attention to brake hoses/tubing, which must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and provide adequate flexibility. Brake hoses/tubing are an essential component of the braking system. If they fail, braking capability may be seriously compromised.

    Brake Safety Week is part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program, a vehicle safety initiative focused on the inspection and identification of commercial motor vehicles with brake violations. Although inspection of a vehicle's brake system and its components is always part of the roadside inspection process, Brake Safety Week aims to highlight the importance of brake systems and proper brake maintenance, operation and performance.

    During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will perform the same roadside inspections conducted on any other day of the year. However, in addition, inspectors will be collecting brake-related statistics, and at the conclusion of the week, that data will be submitted to CVSA for compilation and analysis. The results will be released later in the year and will include the out-of-service rates for the week, along with data on brake hoses/tubing. Gathering, analyzing and releasing such data helps jurisdictions appropriately allocate resources, and it reminds motor carriers of the importance of proactive vehicle maintenance. Last year, 13.5% of vehicles inspected during Brake Safety Week were removed from roadways for critical brake-related violations. 

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) latest "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts" report, of the recorded vehicle-related causes for fatal crashes in 2017, brake systems was cited as the third most frequent vehicle-related cause, after other vehicles and tires. 

    CVSA created Brake Safety Week to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles with brake system deficiencies by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections and removing commercial motor vehicles with dangerous brake conditions from our roadways. Brake Safety Week is supported by CVSA member jurisdictions, FMCSA and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.


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