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  • 03 Jun 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. 

    Now in its 12th year, ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking collects cost information derived directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators, and is among the most requested ATRI research studies. ATRI’s annual analysis is used as a key benchmarking tool by motor carriers of all sizes. Public sector agencies also utilize ATRI’s real-world data analysis to make better-informed transportation planning and infrastructure investment decisions. 

    Among the for-hire fleet metrics being requested by ATRI are driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers and owner-operators are asked to provide full-year 2019 cost per mile and/or cost per hour data using the easy-to-use online data entry form.  

    “We constantly strive to improve. In our quest for competitive excellence, one of our most valuable resources is ATRI’s annual report,” said Cari Baylor, Baylor Trucking President. “ATRI provides us with the detail to understand how our operations and costs compare to our industry peers.” 

    For-hire motor carriers are encouraged to provide operational cost data to ATRI by Friday, August 21, 2020. ATRI’s data collection form, which protects all confidential information, is available for download here. Participating motor carriers will receive an advance copy of the full report.


  • 13 Apr 2020 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stolen from Elizabeth NJ either on Sunday, April 12 or Monday, April 13.

    Container CAIU 958440-0

    Chassis METZ 5118712

    Please call Accent Trucking at 908-858-1000 if seen and ask for Bob.

  • 01 Apr 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Starting today, April 1, 2020, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2020 North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is now in effect. The 2020 out-of-service criteria replaces and supersedes all previous versions.

    The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria (OOSC) is the pass-fail criteria for roadside safety inspections. The purpose of the criteria is to identify critical safety violations. Those violations render the driver, vehicle and/or motor carrier out of service until the condition(s) or violation(s) are corrected or repaired.

    In accordance with CVSA Bylaws, the proposed changes were communicated to the voting members of the Alliance on Oct. 15, 2019, and were ratified on Nov. 1, 2019. There was an additional ballot clarification regarding OOSC Ballot Item #2 which was communicated to the membership on Dec. 10, 2019, and ratified on Dec. 20, 2019. The following changes were made to the out-of-service criteria:

    1. Modified the subtitle in Part I, Item 2. OPERATOR’S/CHAUFFEUR’S LICENSE OR PERMIT (NON-CDL), a. VEHICLE 26,000 LBS. OR LESS GVWR NOT DESIGNED TO TRANSPORT 16 OR MORE PASSENGERS OR PLACARDED LOADS OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS.
    2. Included information outlining a valid Canadian dangerous goods training certificate to Part I, Item 2. OPERATOR’S/CHAUFFEUR’S LICENSE OR PERMIT (NON-CDL), b. ENDORSEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS and Part I, Item 3. COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE (CDL), c. ENDORSEMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS.
    3. Amended Part I, Item 7. DRUGS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES; AS IDENTIFIED UNDER SECTION 392.4(a) by adding OOSC regarding the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and removing “AS IDENTIFIED UNDER SECTION 392.4(a)” from the title.
    4. Removed the reference to an AOBRD in Footnote 14 and added a note for Footnotes 11-14. Part I, Item 9. DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – U.S. – FOOTNOTES FOR DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – U.S.
    5. Removed the out-of-service condition of 72 hours for no log from Part I, Item 10. DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – CANADA, h. NO DAILY LOG (See Footnote 2).
    6. Amended Part I, Item 10. DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – CANADA – FOOTNOTES FOR DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – CANADA, Footnote 2, to reduce the amount of time a driver can be behind on his/her daily log and not be declared out of service.
    7. Updated Part I, Item 11. DRIVER’S RECORD OF DUTY STATUS – MEXICO by replacing the OOSC for Mexico to reflect the requirements in the NOM-087-SCT-2-2017 and adding footnotes.
    8. Added the new SAE J2899 markings found on brake chambers to Part II, Item 1. BRAKE SYSTEMS, a. DEFECTIVE BRAKES, Brake Adjustment Reference Charts (Clamp Type).
    9. Clarified in Part II, Item 1. BRAKE SYSTEMS, e. PARKING BRAKE that a parking brake needs to be held by mechanical means.
    10. Amended Part II, Item 11. SUSPENSIONS, d. SUSPENSION CONNECTING ROD, TRACKING COMPONENT ASSEMBLY OR SWAY BAR COMPONENTS by removing sway bars from the OOSC.
    11. Clarified in Part II, Item 12. TIRES, a. ANY TIRE ON ANY STEERING AXLE(S) OF A POWER UNIT, (9) and b. ALL TIRES OTHER THAN THOSE FOUND ON THE FRONT STEERING AXLE(S) OF A POWERED UNIT that the condition refers to a wheel end of a vehicle.
    12. Amended Part II, Item 16. BUSES, MOTORCOACHES, PASSENGER VANS OR OTHER PASSENGER-CARRYING VEHICLES – EMERGENCY EXITS/ELECTRICAL CABLES AND SYSTEMS IN ENGINE AND BATTERY COMPARTMENTS/SEATING (TEMPORARY AND AISLE SEATS) by adding OOSC for emergency exits that are marked but not necessarily required.
    13. Amended Part III, Item 3. BULK PACKAGES, c. BULK PACKAGE AUTHORIZATION by modifying the title and out-of-service condition to include Canadian terminology.
    14. Added a note regarding manhole covers to Part III, Item 3. BULK PACKAGES, d. VENTING DEVICES, MANHOLE COVERS, FILL/INSPECTION OPENINGS AND DISCHARGE VALVES.
    15. Modified the title and condition in Part III, Item 6. NON-BULK PACKAGING to include Canadian terminology.
    16. Added a condition to Part III, Item 10. EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSISTANCE PLAN (ERAP) (IN CANADA ONLY) by outlining that ERAP information must be on the shipping document.

    For more information, CVSA provides a document that outlines each of the above-mentioned amendments, along with a detailed description of the rationale behind each change.

    The CVSA Training Committee, the Education Quality Assurance Team in Canada and the National Training Center in the U.S. will incorporate these changes, as appropriate, into North American Standard Inspection Program training materials, along with updated inspection bulletins, inspection procedures, operational policies and training videos.

    The North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria is updated annually, effective April 1 of each year. There are several versions (print, electronic, other languages, etc.) of the 2020 out-of-service criteria currently available for purchase through the CVSA online store and the app will soon be available. Once it's available, it can be found by searching "CVSA" in Apple or Google Play stores.

  • 25 Mar 2020 1:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) sets inspection and enforcement initiatives, such as International Roadcheck, which is scheduled for May 5-7. However, with public health and safety as its top concern, CVSA has decided to postpone International Roadcheck to later in the year. The Alliance will monitor the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and appropriately select the new dates when it’s safe and reasonable to do so. Once the rescheduled dates have been selected, CVSA will notify the commercial motor vehicle enforcement community, the motor carrier industry, the press and the public.

    It is important to note that International Roadcheck, as a high-visibility, high-volume inspection and regulatory enforcement event, will no longer take place on May 5-7; however, roadside safety inspections and traffic enforcement will continue to be conducted every day, with enforcement personnel following their departmental health and safety policies and procedures, as appropriate.

    “As we urgently respond to this time-sensitive crisis, we must remain diligent and committed to ensuring that the commercial motor vehicles and drivers providing essential goods and services to our communities are following motor carrier safety regulations,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “Safety doesn’t take a break. It is always our top priority.”

    “International Roadcheck has run on-schedule for the past 32 years so its postponement was thoroughly and thoughtfully discussed before we made this decision, but it wasn’t a difficult decision to make,” said Sgt. Samis. “This experience is unprecedented in our modern society and we need to do all that we can to help stop the spread of this global pandemic.”

    At this time, International Roadcheck is the only public enforcement initiative that has been postponed. Operation Safe Driver Week is still scheduled for July 12-18 and Brake Safety Week is still set for Aug. 23-29.

    CVSA will closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak, follow guidance from public health expert leadership, and promptly notify the membership and industry stakeholders of the rescheduled International Roadcheck dates and the status of future scheduled enforcement campaigns.

    For up-to-date information on coronavirus and guidance on this rapidly evolving situation, visit the website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For Canada, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website. In Mexico, visit the government of Mexico’s website. Visit the World Health Organization’s website for a worldwide update on the coronavirus pandemic.

    For more information or if you have any questions, contact CVSA.


  • 16 Mar 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PA Turnpike Temporarily Will Not Accept Cash To Safeguard Employee and Traveler Health

    Cash customers should NOT stop at tollbooths; they’ll be invoiced by mail starting at 8 p.m.

    HARRISBURG, PA (MARCH 16, 2020) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is alerting motorists that cash will not be accepted at any interchange statewide beginning tonight at 8 p.m. This is a temporary safety measure to keep travelers moving with no need to stop at tollbooths or interact with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    During this time, cash and credit cards will not be accepted anywhere on the PA Turnpike’s ticket system. All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program as vehicles travel at posted speed limits through tolling points.

    “This temporary measure is critical to enable us to support the Commonwealth in its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “I want to be clear that we will return to normal toll-collection operations as soon as it becomes practical.”

    Customers who do not have an E-ZPass account should continue to use lanes marked “Tickets” on entry and “Cash” on exit, however they should keep moving through the lane at the posted speed without stopping. Instead of paying their toll on the roadway, they will receive a PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE invoice through the mail.

    With the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE option, high-speed cameras capture license-plate images as vehicles pass by. The registered owner receives an invoice within 30 days for trips made through the tolling point. Invoices can be paid online, by phone or by mail.

    Customers who receive a TOLL BY PLATE invoice will be charged the “cash” toll rate. However, when paying their invoice, they will have the option to open an E-ZPass account to receive the discounted rate at time of payment.

    Customers have 20 days to pay invoices before a second invoice is issued. If the first invoice is not paid, the second invoice will include an additional fee of $5 or the equivalent of 1.5% of the total amount owed, whichever is higher.

    Cash tolls will still be in place on the Mon-Fayette Expressway (PA Turnpike 43) via the current Automated Payment Machines.

    All customers should be prepared for possible confusion around the toll plaza areas as drivers adjust to the temporary measure. Drivers should slow down when approaching a tolling point or interchange, pay attention and proceed with caution.

    For more information on how all-electronic tolling works, visit nocashzone.com.

    Additionally, late last week, the PA Turnpike announced the added precaution of limiting services at the King of Prussia Service Plaza in Montgomery County and the Valley Forge and Peter J. Camiel service plazas in Chester County. All fast food dining and public restrooms are closed inside the service plazas. Portable toilets are available for the traveling public.

    For other service plaza locations and amenities, visit https://www.paturnpike.com/pdfs/travel/PTC_Service_Plaza_Guide.pdf.

    For more information on operational changes due to further COVID-19 guidance, visit PATurnpike.com.


  • 16 Mar 2020 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The three States will limit crowd capacity for recreational and social gatherings to 50 people - effective by 8 PM tonight 

    Restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery only effective 8 PM tonight

    Movie theaters, gyms and casinos will temporarily close effective 8 PM tonight

    Uniform approach to social distancing will slow spread of COVID-19 throughout the tri-state area

    Amid a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a regional approach to combatting the novel coronavirus - or COVID-19 - throughout the tri-state area.

    These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people, effective 8 PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more.

    The three governors also announced restaurants and bars will close for on premise service and move to take-out and delivery services only. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. These measures will take effect at 8 PM tonight.

    Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and casinos, effective at 8 PM tonight. 

    This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. 

    Governor Murphy said, "With all we are seeing in our state - and across our nation and around the world - the time for us to take our strongest, and most direct, actions to date to slow the spread of coronavirus is now. I've said many times over the past several days that, in our state, we are going to get through this as one New Jersey family. But if we're all in this together, we must work with our neighboring states to act together. The work against coronavirus isn't just up to some of us, it's up to all of us."

    "Our primary goal right now is to slow the spread of this virus so that the wave of new infections doesn't crash our healthcare system, and everyone agrees social distancing is the best way to do that," Governor Cuomo said. "This is not a war that can be won alone, which is why New York is partnering with our neighboring states to implement a uniform standard that not only keeps our people safe but also prevents 'state shopping' where residents of one state travel to another and vice versa. I have called on the federal government to implement nationwide protocols but in their absence we are taking this on ourselves."

    Governor Lamont said, "The only way to effectively fight the spread of COVID-19 is by working together as states. We have shared interests, and a patchwork of closures and restrictions is not the best way forward. I know that because of this collaboration, we will save lives." 


  • 16 Mar 2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission agencies, road testing, and inspection facilities will be closed effective immediately as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We anticipate re-opening in two weeks, on Monday, March 30, 2020.

    All driver licenses, non-driver IDs, vehicle registrations, and inspection stickers expiring before May 31 have been extended by two months.

    Most renewals, replacements, changes of address, and other transactions can be processed online at NJMVC.gov.

    Headquarters (TOC) and online services will continue operations.


  • 16 Mar 2020 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a national emergency declaration to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This declaration is the first time FMCSA has issued nation-wide relief and follows President Trump issuing of a national emergency declaration in response to the virus. 

    “Because of the decisive leadership of President Trump and Secretary Chao, this declaration will help America’s commercial drivers get these critical goods to impacted areas faster and more efficiently. FMCSA is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus outbreak and stands ready to use its authority to protect the health and safety of the American people,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen.  

    FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

    • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
       
    • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
       
    • Food for emergency restocking of stores.
       
    • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
       
    • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
       
    • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services. 

    To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers. 

    To read FMCSA’s national emergency declaration, visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002


  • 11 Mar 2020 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Three public hearings will be held in March on the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's proposed capital plan and the toll rate adjustments necessary to fund it.

    The hearing dates and locations are as follows:

    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 1 to 3 p.m.

    New Jersey Turnpike Authority Headquarters, 1 Turnpike Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ

    • Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 6 to 8 p.m. 

    Camden County College, Dennis Flyer Memorial Theater, Lincoln Hall, Jefferson Drive, Sicklerville, NJ

    • Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7 to 9 p.m.

    Trustee Pavilion Conference Center, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 505 Ramapo Road, Mahwah, NJ

    Read the legal notice for full details. 

    The increase most likely would go into effect in May 2020.


  • 11 Mar 2020 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    New TSA Rule Will Allow Holders of TWIC Cards to Obtain Hazmat Endorsements


    Arlington, Virginia – Today, the American Trucking Associations applauded the Transportation Security Administration for taking the long overdue, but important, step to allow drivers who hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential to also obtain a hazardous materials endorsement on their license without an additional security threat assessment or associated fee.

    “The announcement by TSA that they will now allow drivers with a TWIC to more quickly and easily receive a hazmat endorsement eliminates costly and duplicitous background checks for drivers,” said ATA Vice President of Safety Policy Dan Horvath. “ATA has long urged federal agencies to eliminate these redundant background checks for drivers, notably the TWIC/HME issue.”

    In 2018, ATA along with National Tank Truck Carriers, submitted comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding the issuance of a hazardous materials endorsements. As part of these comments, ATA and NTTC urged the agency to modify the requirements on states for issuing HMEs to align with federal law. Specifically, ATA and NTTC requested the agency acknowledge language in the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2018, which explicitly empowers states to issue HMEs to drivers who already hold a valid TWIC. ATA and NTTC also requested that FMCSA issue guidance to the states regarding the best method to ascertain whether a TWIC is valid.

     “We appreciate TSA making this common sense change, a change that will keep our highways safe while reducing the administrative burden on drivers and costs to our industry,” said Horvath.


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