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  • 21 Mar 2018 7:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NJDOT advises all motorists to stay off roads during coming storm

    Commercial vehicles banned from I-78, I-80, I-280, & I-287 during storm

    (Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today are strongly encouraging allmotorists to stay off the roads given the severity of the upcoming storm. The safest place to be is at home.

    Governor Murphy has declared a State of Emergency, State offices are closed on Wednesday, March 21, and starting at 8 pm, tonight, Tuesday, March 20 the NJ State Police have issued a commercial vehicle travel ban on for the entire length of the following highways:

    • I-78
    • I-80
    • I-280
    • I-287

    The commercial vehicle travel ban applies to:

    All tractor trailers
    • Empty straight CDL-weighted trucks
    • Passenger vehicles pulling trailers
    • Recreational vehicles
    • Motorcycles

    Trucks that are already in New Jersey are encouraged to pull off in truck stops to wait out the storm – DO NOT PARK ON SHOULDERS.

    NJDOT’s first priority is ensuring public safety. The storm is expected to intensify overnight and during the morning, making it challenging for plow crews to keep pace with the storm. The Department is fully activated with more than 2,750 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear state highways.

    NJDOT is coordinating with all state transportation agencies to ensure the most effective response to the impending weather. NJDOT and other plow crews are the first, first responders. In the case of emergencies, emergency teams cannot respond unless the roads are passable.

    Residents and motorists should avoid driving unless you are an essential employee needed for emergency response. If you do not have to be on the roads during the storm, stay home. Safety of motorists and work crews is the Department’s top priority. If you must drive, do so carefully and plan your trips accordingly, road conditions can change in an instant.

    If you see crews on the roads, please stay back and do not pass them. They are clearing the roadways for your safety. If you have to drive, NJDOT advises motorists to:

    • Leave early and allow extra time for their trip
    • Make sure your vehicle is fully fueled
    • Leave a safe following distance between vehicles
    • Stay back from plows and salt spreaders so they can do their job unimpeded
    • Use caution on bridges and ramps

    NJDOT will provide appropriate winter driving alerts through Variable Message Signs, www.511nj.org and Twitter - @NJDOT_Info

  • 20 Mar 2018 10:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PA Turnpike to Impose Systemwide Truck/Trailer Ban Tonight

    Restrictions on certain trucks, trailers and other vehicles start at 8 p.m.


    MIDDLETOWN, PA (MARCH 20, 2018) — Due to the incoming winter storm, the PA Turnpike will impose a ban of certain types of trucks, RV and trailers today starting at 8 p.m. Vehicle types covered by the restriction are:

    • empty straight CDL-weighted trucks;
    • Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
    • tractors hauling empty trailers;
    • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
    • all motorcycles; and
    • all recreational vehicles, or RVs.

    The above-listed vehicles will be prohibited from traveling on the PA Turnpike’s east-west mainline from Ohio to New Jersey (I-76, 70/76 and 276) and on the entire Northeastern Extension (I-476) beginning at 8 p.m. Restrictions will remain in place through the storm.

    As storm conditions develop, a comprehensive commercial-vehicle ban and/or speed restrictions could be imposed across significant portions of the PA Turnpike system.

    While driving in severe weather, motorists should follow these protocols:

    • always travel at a safe speed for conditions, no matter what the posted limit is;
    • allow plenty of space when driving near plow trucks; and
    • never pass a truck that is actively plowing or spreading salt.

    In case of an accident, breakdown or other emergency, PA Turnpike motorists should dial *11 on a mobile phone. Be prepared to give the milepost location and direction of travel and move vehicles out of active travel lanes if possible.

    While the PA Turnpike discourages travel during winter storms, motorists can check PA Turnpike conditions before heading out at www.paturnpike.com; look at the “Current Alerts” ticker at the top for restrictions. Travelers can also call the toll-free TRIP line at 866-976-TRIP (8747) for the latest travel information.

    The PA Turnpike reminds motorists to pack a winter emergency kit. A basic kit includes non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider passenger necessities like baby food, pet supplies or medications.

    Follow the PA Turnpike on Twitter at: @PATurnpikeAlert.

  • 06 Mar 2018 2:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, PennDOT will impose a ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on:

    • Interstate 78 from the junction with Interstate 81 in Lebanon County to the New Jersey line.
    • I-80 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New Jersey line.
    • I-81 from the Maryland line to the New York State line.
    • I-84 from the junction with Interstate 81 to the New York State line.
    • I-380 from the junction with Interstate 80 to the junction with Interstate 81.

    Additionally, at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, all commercial vehicles will be banned on I-380 and I-84 within Pennsylvania.

    Restrictions will remain in place as long as warranted through the storm. As conditions develop, speed restrictions and wider truck and vehicle bans will be considered on these routes.

    PA Turnpike is anticipating enacting the ban on empty straight trucks, large combination vehicles (tandem trailers and double trailers), tractors hauling empty trailers, trailers pulled by passenger vehicles, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, or RVs, on portions of the N.E. Extension from Allentown to the end of the N.E. Extension at midnight.  This may expand based on weather conditions.

  • 01 Mar 2018 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao swears in Raymond P. Martinez as Administrator of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration. From left: Raymond Martinez, his wife Marin Gibson and Secretary Elaine L. Chao. Photo credit: USDOT

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao swore in Raymond P. Martinez as the sixth Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

    “Ray’s years of experience promoting traffic safety at the state level, as well as his knowledge of the commercial motor vehicle industry, will help FMCSA fulfill its critical mission of improving truck and bus safety,” said Secretary Chao.

    Martinez most recently served eight years as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s Chairman and Chief Administrator where he oversaw the agency’s 2,500 employees and a $330 million annual operating budget with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Martinez advised the governor and state legislature on all areas of motor vehicle transportation and traffic safety and was responsible for developing the agency’s regulatory and legislative agenda and all project prioritization.

    “It's an honor and privilege to serve my fellow Americans in this capacity and, under Secretary Chao's leadership, I look forward to working with all commercial vehicle stakeholders to effectively reduce the number of truck and bus crashes on our nation’s roads,” said Martinez.

    Martinez is a former Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and also served at the U.S. Department of State. 

  • 01 Mar 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has updated their website to provide clarification on when farm, ranch, and agriculture haulers are subject to FMCSA’s rules and regulations. The update includes information on the following:

    Sign up for updates and alerts regarding agricultural operations information here.

    If you have additional questions, email us at agricultural@dot.gov.

  • 23 Feb 2018 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Early last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued federal motor carrier number 999999.  During the remainder of 2017 and for the first months of this year, the agency will be issuing new motor carrier applicants with 6-digit MC numbers that were either never issued or were unused.  

    Later this year, however, new 7-digit MC number will start to issue.  FMCSA cautions that some systems may need to be changed in order to accommodate the new longer MC numbers, and has asked us to spread the word.  

    We add that the change to MC numbers DOES NOT affect either already existing MC numbers or any DOT numbers.  For more information, contact Ken Riddle at FMCSA, kenneth.riddle@dot.gov.

    Source: The State Laws Newsletter

  • 21 Feb 2018 3:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) advises that gas and diesel fuel will not be available at the Sideling Hill Service Plaza in Fulton County, eastbound and westbound, from 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 through 5 p.m. Friday, March 2.

    “We are replacing the underground components of the plaza’s fuel pumps and will need this five-day period for safe installation and proper testing,” said Turnpike Facilities Director Jack Christensen.  “We greatly regret this inconvenience to our customers and are advising motorists to plan accordingly.”

    Motorists should not stop for fuel at Sideling Hill during this period but should travel onto the next service plazas. All other services will be available. The plaza’s fuel pumps will be operational for the weekend of March 3. 

    For more information on Turnpike service plazas click here: https://www.paturnpike.com/travel/service_plazas.aspx

  • 12 Feb 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ***Between February 5th and 6th the National Registry system sent email notifications to certain Medical Examiners that they would be removed from the National Registry because system records indicated their credentials are expired or due to expire shortly. The notification was an error. FMCSA is not currently planning to remove any Medical Examiners from its National Registry based on out-of-date information.

    Medical Examiners are required by the State(s) in which they practice to maintain a current license at all times and examiners with valid credentials may continue to conduct the DOT physical exams and issue medical certificates to truck and bus drivers, irrespective of the status of the National Registry website. FMCSA will notify all Medical Examiners when the National Registry website is restored.***

    Although the National Registry is currently under construction, certified medical examiners can continue conducting physical qualification examinations of CMV drivers and issuing paper Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876 to qualified drivers. Medical examiners should segregate all examinations completed during the outage and be prepared to upload them to the National Registry system when it is back online, with no penalties.


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