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Professional Drivers Urge Motorists Not to Drive Like Turkeys This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 24, 2014
The American Trucking Associations is asking the estimated 46.3 million motorists that are expected to take to the highways this Thanksgiving to drive safely and follow several simple tips in order to keep this a safe and joyous holiday season.
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EPA: Every American, Business and Community Can Play a Role in Increasing Rate of Recycling

Monday, November 17, 2014
In advance of America Recycles Day, on November 15, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on communities, businesses, and individuals to leave the next generation a cleaner, safer and more stable world. The simple act of recycling reduces our country’s energy consumption, decreases our greenhouse gas emissions, and conserves our natural resources. This year, on America Recycles Day, we celebrate all who do their part to build a more prosperous and sustainable future by raising the national recycling rate and instilling this responsibility in our youngest Americans.
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FHWA Releases Trinity ET-Plus Guardrail End Terminal Re-testing Plan

Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a revised plan submitted by Trinity Industries to re-test the four-inch ET-Plus guardrail end terminal. The device must meet crash test criteria established by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) – or it will no longer be eligible for federal reimbursement by FHWA.
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IRP Full Reciprocity on 1/1/15

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
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ATRI Seeks Motor Carrier Input on Detention Time Impacts

Tuesday, November 04, 2014
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched a new data collection effort on Detention Time Impacts on Industry Safety and Productivity. The survey seeks motor carrier input to evaluate the impact that shippers and receivers may have on the industry’s safety and productivity.
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FMCSA Challenges Children to Promote Safety Belt Use in Annual Art Calendar Contest

Monday, November 03, 2014
On Nov 1, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will kick-off the 2015 "Be Ready. Be Buckled." student art contest organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership. Open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries, the contest educates kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip.
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4th PANYNJ Toll Increase Goes Into Effect December 7, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The 4th in a series of toll increases by the Port Authority of New York in New Jersey goes into effect December 7, 2014.
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OSHA Schedules Webinar on Chemical Facility Security

Thursday, October 30, 2014
OSHA, along with EPA, announced a webinar to update stakeholders on issues pertaining to the implementation of Executive Order 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. EO 13650 created a Working Group to accomplish the goal of improving safety and security at facilities that store hazardous chemicals, which could include initiating community planning preparedness, increasing federal coordination, improving data management techniques and technology, revising regulations, issuing guidance and advisory documents, and creating a best practice repository.
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Operation Safe Driver Week is October 19-25, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014
During the week of October 19-25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and with support from industry and a number of other transportation safety organizations.
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Brake Safety Week: September 7-13, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation. CMV brakes are designed to hold up under tough conditions, but they must be inspected and maintained carefully and consistently so they operate and perform properly throughout the vehicle’s life. Brake Safety Week is an annual outreach and enforcement campaign designed to improve commercial vehicle brake safety throughout North America.
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IMPORTANT TIPS IF YOU ARE MOVING

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
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Truck Drivers Urge Motorists to be Safe During the Independence Day Holiday

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Arlington, Va. – Over 41 million motorists are expected to travel on the highways this Independence Day holiday, and the American Trucking Associations is urging the motoring public to practice caution and patience to ensure our roads are safe.
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NEW LAW INCREASES PENALTIES FOR TALKING OR TEXTING ON HAND-HELD DEVICES WHILE DRIVING

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014, a new state law increases the fines and other penalties for first, second and subsequent convictions of talking on a hand-held wireless telephone or texting a message with a hand-held wireless electronic communication device while driving.
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DelDOT Updates I-495 Bridge Status

Thursday, June 05, 2014
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces an update on the status of the bridge closure on I-495.
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Tire Safety Week June 1-7

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Here are some great tips on tires from Dan Jensen of Love’s Truck Care
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ATA Invites Fleets to Participate in the 2014 Driver Compensation Study

Thursday, May 15, 2014
ATA invites all for-hire and private motor carriers to take part in its 2014 Driver Compensation Study. The purpose of this project is to provide accurate information on one of the trucking industry’s largest expenses—driver pay.
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I-76 reconstruction will require lane closures and new traffic patterns as the Direct Connection project advances

Thursday, May 01, 2014
New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials today announced the start of a new phase of the Direct Connection project that will reconstruct I-76 at Market Street requiring lane closures and new traffic patterns in Mt. Ephraim and Gloucester City, Camden County.
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Work Zone Awareness Week Targets Dangers of Speeding

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is highlighting the dangers and consequences of speeding through construction and work zones.
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Motorists Urged to Slow Down, Stay Alert in Pa. Turnpike Work Zones

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) is stressing to motorists to slow down when you see orange cones and traffic panels. The PTC plans 62 roadway and bridge construction projects for 2014, representing an investment of $1.3 billion in the toll-road system. Highway maintenance activities that necessitate patterns will also be abundant, starting with the repair of pot holes this spring that have formed as a result of a brutal winter.
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Elite Drivers Provide Tips for Work Zone Awareness Week

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Today, American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to slow down and pay attention while driving through work zone areas. With National Work Zone Awareness Week 2014 marking the 15th anniversary of this life-saving safety campaign, elite drivers with millions of accident-free miles are educating the public on how to stay safe.
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DOT’s OIG Issues Report on CSA Effectiveness

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General released an audit report on March 5, 2014, entitled "Actions Are Needed To Strengthen FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program."
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Freight Shipments Fell 2.8% in January from December

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Route 206 resurfacing project set to begin in Princeton

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced a project to resurface about 2.5 miles of Route 206 in both directions and improve several intersections in Princeton, Mercer County.
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Daylight Saving Time to Begin Sunday, March 9 for Most Americans.

Sunday, March 09, 2014
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FMCSA Shuts Down Salem, Mass. Passenger Van Company for Disregarding Safety Regulations, Endangering the Traveling Public

Friday, March 07, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Salem, Mass.-based passenger carrier D’Boston Transportation, LLC, USDOT No. 2456132, to immediately cease all passenger transportation services due to widespread and serious noncompliance with federal safety regulations that has endangered the lives of its drivers, passengers and the motoring public. A closely related company, D’Family Transportation, LLC, USDOT No. 2332595, ordered out-of-service in Dec. 2013, was also cited in today’s federal shut-down order.
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FMCSA Extends Deadline for “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” Student Art Contest to March 15

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it is extending the deadline for submissions for the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest until March 15, 2014.
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Message from ATA's Sean Garney re: Medical Examiner Registry

Friday, February 21, 2014
As I'm sure you're aware, the trucking industry stands at the brink of an impending deadline. Beginning May 21, 2014, all drivers needing the be medically certified (e.g. those needing new med cards as well as those needing to renew an existing card) will need to utilize a medical examiner trained in accordance to FMCSA guidelines and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME). ATA has long supported the NRCME as a way to be sure CMV drivers are medically qualified, to limit the potential carrier liability of using an unqualified driver, and to eliminate the potential for fraud in the system. However, we do harbor serious concerns about the program. Specifically, we question whether or not the NRCME will include an adequate number of medical examiners with proper geographic dispersion by the May 21st deadline.
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FMCSA Proposes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver's license (CDL) holders. The clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations, including mandatory testing.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Declares Florida Long-Haul Truck Driver to be an Imminent Hazard to Public Safety

Monday, February 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Florida-licensed truck driver Devon L. House to be an imminent hazard to public safety and has ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. House was served the federal order on January 14, 2014.
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U.S. Department of Transportation Declares Tennessee Truck Driver and His Company to be Imminent Hazards to the Public

Monday, February 10, 2014
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared Tenn.-licensed truck driver, Ricky L. Hatfield, and his Tazewell, Tenn.-based company, Hatfield Trucking, USDOT No. 2385057, to be imminent hazards to public safety and has ordered both the driver and the company to immediately cease operations. Hatfield was served the federal orders on Jan. 22, 2014.
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Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training’s COO, John Diab announced as new chairman of CVTA

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Linden, New Jersey, November 18, 2013: The CVTA (Commercial Vehicle Training Association) held their fall 2013 conference last month in Washington, D.C. where the announcement that John Diab, COO of Smith & Solomon Commercial Driver Training will sit as their new Board of Directors Chairman.
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Alert Concerning Solicitation to New Jersey Businesses

Monday, December 16, 2013
The Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services is alerting all New Jersey businesses to be aware of mailings concerning an “Annual Corporate Records Form" or "Annual Records Solicitation Fom". Certain private companies are sending the mailings, which solicit a fee of $125 in return for the recording of corporate shareholders, directors and officers. Business should be aware that the State of New Jersey does not require this form to be filed. Businesses should not be confused by the official appearance of the mailings. They are not connected with the State of New Jersey’s business entity annual report process, and the State has no affiliation with the sender.
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ATA Issues White Paper on the Reliability of CSA Scores

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Arlington, Va. – American Trucking Associations today issued a white paper on the reliability of scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountabilityprogram in evaluating the safety of individual trucking companies.
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FMCSA Launches Annual “Be Ready. Be Buckled." Safety Belt Art Contest for Kids

Monday, December 09, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the launch of the 2014 “Be Ready. Be Buckled.” student art contest organized by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership. Open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade with relatives or sponsors in the commercial truck and bus industries, the contest educates kids about highway safety and urges commercial drivers to buckle up on every trip.
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ATA Issues White Paper on the Reliability of CSA Scores

Monday, December 09, 2013
American Trucking Associations today issued a white paper on the reliability of scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in evaluating the safety of individual trucking companies.
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Truck Drivers Offer Safety Tips for Winter Road Conditions

Friday, December 06, 2013
American Trucking Associations wants to ensure the motoring public is prepared for winter storms taking place across the U.S. and that all motorists arrive to their destinations safely, in the coming months. Winter road conditions can lead to dangerous situations. Fortunately, a team of million mile accident-free drivers are helping to make our roads safer.
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Trucking Industry Warns D.C. That Diesel Registration Proposal Will Hurt City

Thursday, December 05, 2013
A coalition of trucking industry groups warned the D.C. Council that provisions in the recently introduced Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2013 would have “significantly harmful effects on the District’s economy and on the quality of life of District residents.”
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Wreaths Across America

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
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3rd PANYNJ Toll Increase Goes Into Effect 12/1/13

Monday, December 02, 2013
The 3rd in a series of PANYNJ toll increases goes into effect December 1, 2013. Additional increase will take effect each December until 2015.
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Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Recognize a Hero

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Since 1983, the Goodyear North America Highway Hero program has honored professional truck drivers who put themselves in harm’s way to help others.
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Federal Court Sides with ATA on Break Provision, but Leaves HOS Mostly In Tact

Friday, August 02, 2013
On August 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling on American Trucking Associations’ challenge to the most recent revisions in the hours-of-service rules; striking down a provision requiring short-haul drivers to take 30-minute off-duty break, but leaving the bulk of the rule unchanged.
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Elite Drivers Urge Motorists to be Safe Over the Independence Day Holiday

Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Ahead of the extended Independence Day weekend, members of America’s Road Team – an elite group of professional truck drivers – is urging motorists to exercise caution and do their part to ensure our roads are safe.
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NYC DOT July 4th Street Closures

Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The following streets in Manhattan will be closed with staggered closings starting at 4:30 pm for the Macy’s 4th of July Annual Fireworks Celebration:
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MVC Facility AnnouncementBakers Basin Inspection Station Renovations

Monday, July 01, 2013
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers are advised that the Bakers Basin Inspection Station (3200 Brunswick Pike, Route 1 North, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648) will be temporarily closed for renovations beginning on Monday, July 8 through Wednesday, July 10, 2013. It is expected to reopen for normal business hours on Thursday, July 11.
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CVSA’s Roadcheck 2013 Focuses on Cargo Securement and Bus Safety; 72-Hour Enforcement Campaign to Send Strong Safety-First Signal to Industry

Monday, June 03, 2013
Starting June 4 and running 72 hours straight, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance(CVSA) and its members across the United States, Canada and Mexico, will be participating in Roadcheck 2013—the 26th annual enforcement and outreach campaign promoting commercial vehicle safety. Ensuring compliance with the U.S., Canadian and Mexican federal, provincial and state motor carrier safety regulations will be a top priority for both enforcement and industry during the event. Approximately three times the typical daily number of inspections will be conducted during the campaign. This year, in addition to North American Standard Level I inspections, Roadcheck is focusing special enforcement attention on passenger carrying commercial vehicles—motorcoaches and buses—as well as proper securement of cargo.
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US Department of Labor's OSHA seeks applications for $1.5 million in Susan Harwood safety and health training grants

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is soliciting applications under the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program, through which a total of $1.5 million is available to nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations; employer associations; labor unions; joint labor/management associations; and colleges and universities. The grants will fund training and education for workers and employers in recognizing workplace safety and health hazards and prevention measures, and understanding their rights and responsibilities.
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Potential Issues with Managing and Recycling Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Listening Session Webinar
EPA to Award Over a Half Billion in Funding to Areas Impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York

Monday, May 06, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will provide grants of $340 million to the state of New York and $229 million to the state of New Jersey for improvements to wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The funding announced today will help storm-damaged communities in both states as they continue to recover from the damage caused by the storm on Oct. 29, 2012.
PORT NEWS - RFID Program

Monday, May 06, 2013
While the RFID program is on track to be implemented at Global Container Terminal today, May 6th, it will done on a limited basis and in a phased approach this week. Truckers will not be turned away. However, if a RFID tag is not installed on trucks seeking entry to Global by May 13th, it is likely that the driver will experience significant delays. All other terminals will go live on July 15th and will be testing the system between now and then. All truckers are strongly encouraged to install their RFID tags as soon as possible to ensure that they are working properly.
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Coming to New Jersey

Sunday, May 05, 2013
The Wienermobile is on a journey across the U.S. to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wienermobile tradition since (1988). They will be making a stop in Brick/Point Pleasant/Neptune City/Toms River, NJ on May 9th -12th.
USCIS Revises Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 for use. All employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States.
PHMSA Urges Americans to Spread the Word About Calling 811 Before You Dig

Tuesday, April 02, 2013
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is asking the public to call 811 before digging into any projects this spring and to share the safe digging message with friends and family.
Daylight Saving Time to Begin Sunday, March 10, for Most Americans

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

ALERT - Fradulent DOT Driver's Licenses & License Plates

Monday, February 25, 2013
Please be advised there have been several recent incidents between violators and law enforcement / motor carrier officials involving fraudulent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)/Department of Transportation (DOT) “driver’s licenses” and “license plates”.
OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury and Illness Summaries

Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers to post OSHA Form 300A, which lists a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012. The form must be posted between Feb. 1 and April 30, 2013.
CARB Diesel Regulations Compliance Training - February 2013

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
This a list of upcoming California Air Resource Diesel Regulation classes.
NJMTA 2013 Scholarship Applications Now Available

Monday, February 04, 2013
NJMTA established the New Jersey Motor Truck Association Fund Scholarship to assist the children of New Jersey employees of NJMTA members who seek to pursue a college education at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or at an accredited vocational/technical institution.
FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

Monday, January 28, 2013

FMCSA's Declaration of Regional Emergency Expired on November 27, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

PANYNJ Toll Increase Effective December 2, 2012 at 3 am

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Webinar Scheduled to Discuss Truck Parking Issues

Monday, November 19, 2012
A free webinar Dec. 6 will cover the issues surrounding the truck parking shortage and innovative ways this problem can be addressed. It's being put on by the Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology Coalition and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
FMCSA Publishes Notice of HOS Listening Session

Monday, October 22, 2012
FMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session to solicit information, concepts, ideas, and information on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for drivers of passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Specifically, the Agency would like to know what factors, issues, and data it should consider as it determines preliminarily whether the HOS regulations applicable to these drivers need to be changed to decrease the risk of fatigue-related crashes. The session, which will be held in Santa Barbara, CA, will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant new research that FMCSA should consider in drafting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket for FMCSA's consideration. The entire day's proceedings will be webcast.
Interstate 25 in Denver to close for 2012 Presidential Debate October 3

Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Emergency Closure
CSA Update: FMCSA Administrator Conveys CSA’s Key Components to Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Friday, September 14, 2012
On September 13, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro participated in a seven-member panel about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. In her testimony, Administrator Ferro outlined CSA’s key components, which are the Safety Measurement System, the interventions process, and the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking. Her written testimony is now available online at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/testimony/tst-12-09-13.htm.
FHWA Saves Taxpayers $78 Million with Innovative Approach to Bridge Reviews

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Federal Highway Administration today announced a proposal to save taxpayers money and speed the time it takes to replace or repair bridges by doing away with individual historic preservation reviews for common bridge types, built after 1945, that will soon need repair or replacement.
TxDOT Releases List of 100 Most Congested Roadways

Wednesday, September 05, 2012
As part of an on-going commitment to address congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation today released a list of the 100 Most Congested Roadways. Topping this year’s list is a section of I-35W in Ft. Worth that caused Texas motorists to spend more than 2 million more hours traveling on a section of road that is only 3.7 miles long.
Historic Highway Convoy Kicks off Sept. 6 on Route 66

Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The American Truck Historical Society will sponsor its first Historic Highway Convoy beginning Thursday, Sept. 6, in Morris, Ill. The convoy will follow Route 66, the famous "Mother Road," from Illinois to California.
In Support of Affected States, EPA Approves Temporary Fuel Waiver for 8 States Impacted by Hurricane Isaac

Wednesday, September 05, 2012
As a result of the disruption in the supply of fuel from Gulf-area refineries following Hurricane Isaac, and at the request of Governors, EPA has exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The disruption and delays in production and delivery of gasoline resulted from effects of Hurricane Isaac.
Drivers Dreams Program to Honor Truckers by Granting Wishes

Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Truckload freight brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics is saying thank you to truck drivers with its new Drivers Dreams program.
Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Obama Administration today finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. When combined with previous standards set by this Administration, this move will nearly double the fuel efficiency of those vehicles compared to new vehicles currently on our roads. In total, the Administration’s national program to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels.
ATRI Releases Roll Stability System Analysis Based on Operational Crash Data

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently released the industry’s first major comparative analysis of Roll Stability Systems (RSS) based on carrier operational data. ATRI’s study analyzed crash rates, crash costs, and technology costs for Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems compared to vehicles without any RSS technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced a proposed new federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) which would mandate ESC on all new truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds and higher.
New NJ CDL Medical Certificate Process

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
In accordance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations C.F.R. 383.73(o), New Jersey commercial driver license (CDL) holders must submit a valid (non-expired) medical certificate to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Failure to submit a valid medical certificate or a medical variance may result in your CDL being disqualified. If your CDL is disqualified, you will not be legally permitted to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). If your CDL is disqualified, you may also be required to retest prior to reinstatement of your CMV operating privileges. Federal regulations regarding medical certificates encompass interstate CDL holders subject to 49 C.F.R. 391 et seq. and intrastate CDL holders subject to state regulations.
EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards for Harmful Soot Pollution

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed updates to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot (known as PM2.5). These microscopic particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and have been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. A federal court ruling required EPA to update the standard based on best available science. Today’s proposal, which meets that requirement, builds on smart steps already taken by the EPA to slash dangerous pollution in communities across the country. Thanks to these steps, 99 percent of U.S. counties are projected to meet the proposed standard without any additional action.
TravelCenters of America Kicks Off "Name the Burger" Contest

Monday, April 30, 2012
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) invites all professional drivers to enter its online "Name the Burger" contest for a chance to win big. Burger creations have been unveiled by the executive chef for TA-branded and Petro Stopping Centers Iron Skillet® restaurants, and are awaiting creative and appetizing names. Drivers who submit the winning entries will receive 25,000 UltraONE® Points.
FMCSA Announces Publication of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

Thursday, April 19, 2012
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced an important new safety rule that requires healthcare professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers to be trained, tested and certified on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver's ability to safely operate the vehicle. The final rule also creates a national online database of medical examiners who have completed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) certification process.
Public Listening Session: Electronic On-Board Recorders and Hours of Service Supporting Documents

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
FMCSA announces that it will hold a public listening session to solicit information, concepts, ideas, and comments on Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) and the issue of driver harassment.
General Public and State DOTs Encouraged to Photograph Faces of Transportation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
For the first time, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), is opening its Faces of Transportation photo contest to the general public, in addition to employees of state departments of transportation.
Win an All-Expenses Paid Trip To Test Drive The All-New Kenworth T680 in Ohio

Monday, April 16, 2012
Kenworth is hosting a special promotion in the United States that will award prize winners with an all-expenses paid trip for two persons to the Kenworth assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, to test drive the new Kenworth T680™ and tour the plant.
Obey Truck Signs on I-270 in Columbus, Ohio!

Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Ohio Trucking Association has been alerted by the folks at AldenLaw that law enforcement is cracking down on trucks using the trucks-prohibited lanes through the I-270 construction project on the southwest side of Columbus. The prohibited lanes cannot handle truck traffic and are being destroyed by the weight of trucks not using the proper lanes.
U.S. Department of Transportation Orders J&A Transportation, Inc. to Shut Down

Monday, April 09, 2012
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has declared New Jersey-based J&A Transportation, Inc. an imminent hazard to public safety, and ordered the commercial truck company to shut down its operations.
New Applicant Reviews Should Expand to Identify Freight Carriers Evading Detection

Thursday, March 29, 2012
The federal government lacks the proper resources to detect chameleon carriers, a study by the U.S. GAO has found.
Motor Carriers Can Now Preview the First Package of SMS Enhancements

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce that motor carriers can now preview the first package of changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA designed SMS to be improved over time as better technology, new data, and additional analysis become available. This release is the first in a series of improvements to SMS that will take place up to twice a year. FMCSA is providing a preview period for motor carriers and enforcement personnel before it uses the SMS changes to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes available to the public. The SMS Preview begins on March 27, 2012 and runs through late June 2012.
NTSB Releases Video and Final Agenda for March 27 Attentive Driving Forum

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the final agenda, including invited presenters, for its Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction forum, on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in the NTSB Conference Center and Board Room in Washington, DC. For the complete agenda with speaker names, affiliations, and bios, see the forum website: (http://www.ntsb.gov/news/events/2012/attentive_driving/index.html)
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

Monday, March 12, 2012
The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 24, 2012 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: A & I Online
FMCSA Participates in a Roundtable on CSA

Monday, March 12, 2012
Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro and members of her staff participated in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Transportation Safety Roundtable to highlight Compliance, Safety, Accountability’s (CSA) positive impact on safety. The session provided FMCSA with an interactive opportunity to present current, accurate information on CSA and correct rumors and myths. The key points are as follows:
National Consumer Protection Week Announcement

Thursday, March 08, 2012
Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today warned consumers about a fraudulent mailing that bears the logo and seal of the Office of the Attorney General, and which invites consumers to apply for their share of the proceeds from a fictitious multimillion-dollar legal settlement.
Daylight Saving Time to Begin Sunday, March 11, for Most Americans

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

FMCSA Posts New HOS Examples

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Hours of Service of Drivers Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2011. The effective date of the Final Rule is February 27, 2012, and the compliance date of selected provisions is July 1, 2013.
CSA Update: Spotlight on the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC

Monday, February 13, 2012
The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Controlled Substances/Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is in a series of seven that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released on January 17, 2012 to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories.
New Medical Certification Requirements: A Guide for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Holders

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Note: Starting January 30, 2012 and no later than January 30, 2014, all CDL holders must provide information to their SDLA regarding the type of commercial motor vehicle operation they drive in or expect to drive in with their CDL. Drivers operating in certain types of commerce will be required to submit a current medical examiner’s certificate to their SDLA to obtain a “certified” medical status as part of their driving record. CDL holders required to have a ”certified” medical status who fail to provide and keep up-to-date their medical examiner’s certificate with their SDLA will become ”not-certified” and they may lose their CDL.
NJ Truckers Come Together to Support "Toys for Tots"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Pinnacle Freight Lines (PFL) based in Secaucus, New Jersey is hosting New Jersey's first annual "NJ TRUCKERS TOYS FOR TOTS" Campaign in association with the national "Toys for Tots" Campaign. The goal is to bring New Jersey''s trucking industry together in a united effort to insure that every child has a gift this year and bring some joy to this holiday season.
CVSA Calls on Drivers to End Senseless Deaths by Defeating Distracted Driving Now Operation Safe Driver Campaign Educates Drivers How to Steer Clear of Tragedy

Monday, October 17, 2011
A killer is stalking North America’s roadways and is claiming 14 lives every day in the United States alone. Aggressive and unsafe driving behaviors by truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger car drivers operating unsafely around them, are primary factors in more deaths on our roadways than a 737 airplane crashing every other week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is calling on all drivers to make a difference, reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives across North America with its annual Operation Safe Driver campaign mobilization week October 16-22, 2011.
Ports Closing Due to Hurricane Irene

Friday, August 26, 2011
Drayage truckers at the ports in North Carolina will be temporarily off the job because of Hurricane Irene.
important message from the Red Cross concerning shelter information, available on-line and via mobile devices.

Friday, August 26, 2011
You can view live shelter availability information at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/.
Hurricane Update

Friday, August 26, 2011
The Governor has declared a state of emergency
Phila Port Closes

Friday, August 26, 2011
Due to hurricane Irene and its projected path through Philadelphia area, Packer Avenue Marine Terminal gate will be closed on Monday August 29th, 2011.
State Trucking Associations Support BESTPASS Volume Discount Plan for PANYNJ Crossings

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The New Jersey Motor Truck Association (NJMTA) and the New York State Motor Truck Association (NYSMTA) have requested the PANYNJ to consider implementing a volume discount program for their crossings, to help offset the significant toll increase recently set by the authority.
Comments Presented on the Behalf of the Members of the NJMTA

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
In the midst of the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression your proposed toll increase is extreme and will have a devastating impact on businesses and the residents of this region.
Parlin Resident is State Truck Driving Champion

Friday, August 05, 2011
Leszek Beben of Parlin, was named the best professional truck driver in New Jersey after winning the five-axle sleeper competition and receiving the highest overall score in the nine competing categories at the 2011 New Jersey Truck Driving Championships. The annual event is sponsored by New Jersey Motor Truck Association.
Obama Administration Has Stepped Up Action Against Unsafe Motorcoach, Trucking Companies

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that in the last two years, the Obama Administration has issued as many imminent hazard orders placing unsafe bus and truck companies out of service as in the previous 10 years combined. As part of the administration’s effort to step up motorcoach safety, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has cracked down on unsafe carriers through surprise inspections, full compliance reviews, and enforcement actions.
Nation's Largest Transportation Technology Association Honors New Jersey DOT and Turnpike Authority for Innovative Approach to Traveler Information

Friday, June 17, 2011
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) honored the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and Turnpike Authority for implementing new technology that will improve traffic safety while helping New Jersey drivers avoid congestion and find more convenient travel routes.
Effective May 1, 2011 the NJ Sleeper-Berth Idling Exemption Expires

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Effective May 1, 2011 the NJ Sleeper-Berth Idling Exemption Expires. Only trucks with 2007 engine model years or newer will be allowed to idle while complying with federal hours of service rest.
North Carolina Issues Executive Order

Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The following Executive Orders were issued by the Governor of North Carolina.
NJ DEP Sleeper-berth Idling law for truckers complying with the federal HOS rules Expires May 1, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011
On May 1, 2011 New Jersey will no longer allow trucks 2006 and older to idle while complying with the federal hours of service rules. The law allows the idling of 2007 (engine model) and newer trucks for HOS compliance.
Canadian Trucking Chief Calls for End to War on Trucks in Urban Planning

Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It is incredible that so many urban communities that are wholly dependent upon trucking to deliver the consumer goods and necessities of life can be so decidedly anti-truck."So said David Bradley, the president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, in a speech to the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board this week in Washington, D.C.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CHASSIS DOT CITATIONS

Thursday, January 20, 2011
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Truckers say port registries violate federal law

Thursday, December 23, 2010
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the New Jersey Motor Truck Association and the Port Drivers Federation 18 have filed a petition asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a determination that mandatory drayage truck registries conducted by various ports and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) are pre-empted by federal law. In order to prevent an unworkable patchwork of local and state laws that impede the efficient movement of goods in interstate commerce, the petitioners are asking that these registries be prohibited.
On-time gift delivery is no holiday miracle;

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Americans celebrate all sorts of holidays and holiday miracles. But, as Santa One gets prepped this week for its annual Christmas Eve run, it's important to celebrate one of the most amazing wonders of all--how those holiday gifts and groceries really get into our stores and homes--America's truck drivers.
Professional Drivers Offer Highway Safety Tips For Thanksgiving Travel

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This Thanksgiving, an estimated 42.2 million motorists are expected to take to the road. Additional motorists and winter road conditions can lead to dangerous situations, so a team of million mile accident-free drivers are helping to make our roads safer.
Execs at Smucker’s, Exel promise to do better by drivers

Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Truckers across the country have been outraged about the treatment of some truckers who were refused entry into an Exel-managed warehouse in Cincinnati, OH, during 81-mph winds as tornado sirens blared on Tuesday, Oct. 26.
No shelter offered to truckers during tornado warning

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A line of severe weather that’s driven by remarkably low pressure swept across the upper Midwest on Tuesday, Oct. 26, spawning tornadoes, heavy rain and straight-line wind gusts up to 70 mph. Downed power lines, fallen trees and structure damage were reported from the upper Great Lakes to western Tennessee.
DOT, EPA Propose the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses

Monday, October 25, 2010
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. This comprehensive national program is projected to reduce GHG emissions by about 250 million metric tons and save 500 million barrels of oil over the lives of the vehicles produced within the program’s first five years.
NJ Snow & Ice Removal Law Takes Effect 10/20/10

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today, October 20, 2010, the New Jersey Snow and Ice Removal law goes into effect. The law requires operators of ALL vehicles, including commercial trucks to make a reasonable effort to remove snow and ice following a snow storm. Fines for violating the new law range from $25 to $75. No motor vehicle points will be assessed for this offense. If failure to remove ice and snow results in injury or property damage, motorists face fines ranging from $200 to $1,000, while commercial motor vehicle drivers face fines ranging from $500 to $1,500, for each offense.
DRIVERS: BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR DEER IN THE ROADWAYS

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
With the days getting shorter and white-tail deer entering their annual rut, officials with the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife are cautioning motorists to be especially alert while driving to avoid collisions with the animals.
An Important Message From New Jersey Marine Terminals

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Congressman salutes truckers on House floor

Monday, September 27, 2010
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-NJ, recognized the hard work of America’s truckers during an address to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Sept. 23.
NC Governor temporarily suspends transport rules

Thursday, September 02, 2010
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue today issued Executive Order No. 61 in anticipation of Hurricane Earl’s arrival to temporarily suspend some motor vehicle regulations to ensure the transport of essentials and restoration of utility services as needed.
Mid-Atlantic states prep for Hurricane Earl

Thursday, September 02, 2010
Throughout the day Wednesday, watches and warnings spread up the East Coast ahead of the path of Hurricane Earl.
Top Professional Drivers Offer Highway Safety Tips For Labor Day Holiday

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
This Labor Day weekend millions of drivers will take to the highway for one final summer getaway, making it one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year.
AS HURRICANE EARL APPROACHES, FEMA URGES EAST COAST RESIDENTS TO BE PREPARED

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Families and businesses should Visit Ready.gov to Learn Steps to Prepare for Hurricanes and Severe Weather
FMCSA Eyeing Broader EOBR Mandate

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is eyeing a much broader mandate than originally thought as part of its upcoming expanded electronic onboard recorder proposal, according to several officials who spoke with Transport Topics.
COMMISSION MARTIN SIGNS NEW RULES ON SULFUR IN FUEL OIL

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The Department of Environmental Protection has taken an important step toward improving air quality and protecting public health in New Jersey by adopting rules requiring significant reductions in sulfur content for home heating oil and other types of fuel oil used in the state, Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
i95travelinfo.net Spells Relief for Holiday Travelers on the East Coast

Monday, August 30, 2010
Web Site Provides Real-Time Traffic Information and Drive Times for 24 Metropolitan Areas and Between 15 States and Washington, D.C.
FMCSA and truckers exchange views on medical rules, issues

Monday, August 23, 2010
Representatives of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s medical programs office visited with drivers at a truck stop this week to discuss health issues and potential regulations on the horizon – and the regulatory staffers got plenty of feedback from about 20 drivers who attended.
Carriers In CSA Pilot States to Share Experiences with Webinar

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Motor carriers from five pilot states for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA 2010 will share their experiences during a webinar Sept. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. Central time.
Con-way Freight’s Carl Krites is 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Carl Krites, a Con-way Freight professional truck driver based in Wapakoneta, Ohio was named the 2010 National Truck Driving Grand Champion. Carl’s driving skills and knowledge of transportation and truck safety information topped those of 415 other professional drivers from all across the United States in the National Truck Driving Championships, held in Columbus, Ohio. The 73rd annual “Super Bowl of Safety” is sponsored by the American Trucking Associations.
NJ New On-Line Permit System

Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Please see response NJMTA received from NJDOT regarding our inquiry as to when the new on-line permit system would be up and running:
Mark your calendar for a historic evening and memorable photo opportunity . . .

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host a patriotic "Salute to the Flag" celebration at TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater on Sunday, Aug. 1; game time is 5:05 p.m., gates open at 4 p.m.
JAZZY UPDATE: Heart of a champion

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
NEW YORK CITY, NY, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – Tears of joy, tears of pain – an exuberant but bone weary 17-year-old Jazzy Jordan crossed the finish line about 1:30 p.m. Eastern time today in front of the ABC News building in New York’s Times Square. The finish completed a 3,159-mile journey that Jasmine started running last Labor Day in California.
MVC Calls on Customers to Wipe Out Surcharge Debt

Friday, June 11, 2010
Noting the negative impact that debt and the inability to legally drive can have on a person’s life, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Acting Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez today announced the creation of the MVC Surcharge Payment Incentive Program. The program, which will run June 15 through July 30 2010, is designed to help those MVC customers in judgment address their motor vehicle surcharge responsibilities.
Alert: 17-yr-old Jasmine Jordan, youngest to run across US, raises awareness for truckers' healthcare fund - Arriving in NJ today!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Jazzy will be entering NJ today. She is hoping to cross into NYC on June 15th - across the GW.
Sharing The Road With Commercial Vehicles: A Refresher On Road Etiquette

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last month, we reviewed the rules for turning your vehicle at intersections. This month, we're going to review how to share the road with commercial vehicles.
Elite Drivers Provide Tips for Work Zone Awareness Week

Monday, April 19, 2010
ARLINGTON, Va. – . National Work Zone Awareness Week 2010 runs from April 19-23.
Werner Driver Saves Girl By Performing CPR

Thursday, April 15, 2010
On Feb. 10, Werner Enterprises driver Dave Nelson saved a 7-year-old girl who stopped breathing after her mother's car ran off the road and hit a sign.
Highway Angel Helps in Motorcycle Accident

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The Truckload Carriers Association has named Danny Carmichael a Highway Angel for helping a motorcycle accident victim who was severely injured.
Diesel Jumps As Fuel Prices Hit New Highs

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
U.S. fuel prices broke record highs Monday following the Easter holiday weekend and new reports pointing to signs of an economic recovery; diesel was no exception. Trucking's main fuel jumped 7.6 cents this week to a high of $3.015 a gallon, breaking $3 for the first time since November 2008, according to the Department of Energy.
National Academy Study Released on Reducing Fuel Consumption in Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Tuesday, April 06, 2010
“Today’s study highlights the dramatic progress of diesel engine manufacturers in improving fuel efficiency over the last twenty years, and the role that further innovation to clean diesel technology can and must play in the next ten years,” said Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the non-profit Diesel Technology Forum.
NJDOT to resurface I-295 northbound in Salem County

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
(Trenton) - The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)announced a $5.5 million concrete repair and resurfacing project on nearly eight miles of I-295 northbound from south of Route 130 in Pennsville Township to just south of Pedricktown-Woodstown Road in Oldman’s Township, Salem County.
Goodyear Highway Hero Honored for "Instinctive" Rescue

Friday, March 26, 2010
The 27th annual Goodyear North America Highway Hero is an Oregon truck driver who helped save the lives of three people involved in a fiery traffic accident, including one driver who was trapped in his burning vehicle.
MAJOR VICTORY for NJMTA....NJ DEP Extends Sleeper-Berth Idling Exemption for HOS Compliance

Friday, March 26, 2010
NJMTA requested the continuation of the sleeper-berth exemption due to safety concerns. Drivers are required by law to rest for 10 hours according to the FMCSA hours of service rules.
DEP Reduces Opacity Cutpoints

Friday, March 05, 2010
On April 3, 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) adopted amendments to N.J.A.C. 7:27-14, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution from Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicles, to reduce the opacity cutpoints, strengthen the visible smoke standard for diesel-powered trucks and buses, and clarify the rules' exemption for emergency vehicles. The adopted amendments affect all heavy-duty diesel-powered motor vehicles, except United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) regulated marine vessels and trains. The Department adopted the amendments in order to encourage increased diesel engine maintenance and repairs, thereby reducing the amount of particulate matter, and other pollutants from diesel exhaust released into the ambient air. In addition, the Department is amending N.J.A.C. 7:27B-4, Air Test Method 4: Testing Procedures for Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicles, specifically N.J.A.C. 7:27B-4.5, by phasing out the alternative opacity standard.
Fifth Hours of Service Listening Session Announced

Wednesday, March 03, 2010
FMCSA has announced that it will hold a fifth public listening session (in addition to the four sessions held in January 2010) to solicit comments and information on potential hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. Specifically, the Agency wants to know what factors, issues, and data it should be aware of as it prepares to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on HOS requirements for property-carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This session will be held in the Louisville, Kentucky area in conjunction with the Mid-America Trucking Show. The listening session will allow interested persons to present comments, views, and relevant research on revisions FMCSA should consider in its forthcoming rulemaking. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the rulemaking docket for the FMCSA's consideration.
Professional Truck Drivers Provide Life Saving Advice During Winter Weather

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
With extreme winter weather blanketing the nation, and the promise of fresh snowstorms during the busy holiday travel season, million mile accident-free professional truck drivers are taking the opportunity to share their experience and help make our roads safer.
OPSHBX NJ hosts 5th anniversary packing

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Volunteers are invited to join Operation Shoebox New Jersey staff Saturday, Feb. 20 to help prepare personal care packages for shipment to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the organization.
Webcast Available for Hours-of-Service Listening Session on January 28

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Participate by Webcast
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Truck Drivers

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced federal guidance to expressly prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses. The prohibition is effective immediately and is the latest in a series of actions taken by the Department to combat distracted driving since the Secretary convened a national summit on the issue last September.
Trucking Coalition to Host Green Technology Webinar

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition said Monday that it will host a free webinar in February about environmental strategies and green technologies for fleets.
Trucking Industry Steps Up to Provide Relief to Haiti

Thursday, January 21, 2010
When TEC Equipment's President and CEO Dave Thompson lands the company's corporate jet in Haiti Thursday morning, he'll have two hours to find an orphan girl that a Portland, Ore., couple had adopted just days before the devastating earthquake hit Jan. 12. Because the Air Force has control of the area and needs that space, he'll have a challenge ahead of him, especially since communication and other infrastructure is down throughout the country.
ATRI UPDATES ONLINE IDLING REGULATIONS COMPENDIUM

Thursday, January 21, 2010
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has updated the listing of state and local idling regulations found on its website, www.atri-online.org. The updated listing is provided in two forms, a cab card which can be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck and the online compendium which provides links to individual regulations.
Truck-involved fatality rate declined 12.3% in 2008

Thursday, January 21, 2010
The trucking industry is safer than ever, according to truck Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) figures released Wednesday, Jan. 20, by the Federal Highway Administration, as well as previously released National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data on crashes. The truck-involved fatality rate in 2008 declined 12.3 percent to 1.86 per 100 million miles from 2.12 per 100 million miles in 2007. This decline marks the largest year-to-year drop ever and the fifth consecutive year the fatality rate has improved.
FMCSA Schedules Fourth HOS Listening Session

Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the fourth date in a series of listening sessions to gather information and comments as the agency prepares a rulemaking proposal on hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for property-carrying commercial vehicle drivers.
FMCSA Posts HOS Listening Session Discussion Questions

Thursday, January 07, 2010
In preparing comments for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) public listening sessions to be held this month, meeting participants should consider the following questions about possible alternatives to the current Hours-of-Service requirements. The scenarios are merely set forth for discussion. The FMCSA will not necessarily include them in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) but would request similar information and data in an NPRM. Answers to these questions should be based upon the experience of the participants and any data or information they can share with the FMCSA.
EPA to Hold Public Listening Sessions on Potential Stormwater Rule

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold five listening sessions to provide information to the public about a potential rule to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from new development and redevelopment. These potential regulations would help to reduce stormwater discharges that can harm water quality into nearby waterways.
TWIC NOW ACCEPTED AT DEFENSE DEPARTMENT INSTALLATIONS

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

FMCSA Schedules Listening Sessions on HOS Rule

Tuesday, January 05, 2010
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold four listening sessions this month to hear comments on the truck driver hours of service rulemaking. The sessions will tackle such topics as rest and on-duty time, sleeper berth use and the effect of the current hours of service on loading and unloading times.
JANUARY 2010 CHANGES TO HOLLAND TUNNEL COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RESTRICTIONS

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The 2004 restriction that prohibited 2-axle & 3-axle single unit trucks from using the eastbound Holland Tunnel to New York will be lifted Sunday, January 3, 2010.
Trucker helps rescue family

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
In Virginia, state police are crediting a truck driver with helping save a man and two children whose car went off Interstate 95 and ended up upside down in a creek bed during a snowstorm.
Acts of chivalry still occur on our highways

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
DEAR ABBY: I'd like to offer another example of an act of kindness that might be worthy of your column. My youngest daughter and her little girl were traveling across several states after visiting her two brothers, a sister and me.
Selfless Truck Driver to Be Honored as “2009 Highway Angel

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
For only the second time in history, a Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) Highway Angel will be recognized in front of 34,000 football fans during Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl, a post-season, NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football game. The bowl game will take place on December 30, 2009, at Bronco Stadium at Boise State University, and will be broadcast live on ESPN to millions of viewers beginning at 2:30 pm MST.
US Dept. of Homeland Security Travel Tips

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Every holiday travel season, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s component agencies prepare their workforces to ensure the Department provides a smooth and safe holiday travel experience. The holidays are the busiest travel-time of the year, and often, the most stressful. The following tips provide simple steps for efficient, healthy and safe travel.
Professional Truck Drivers Provide Life Saving Advice During Winter Weather

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
With extreme winter weather blanketing the nation, and the promise of fresh snowstorms during the busy holiday travel season, million mile accident-free professional truck drivers are taking the opportunity to share their experience and help make our roads safer.
FMCSA to Rewrite 2008 HOS Regulation

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Daylight Saving Time to End Sunday, Nov. 1, for Most Americans

Monday, October 26, 2009

PHMSA Rulemaking to Require Hazmat Shippers to Provide Emergency Info

Monday, October 26, 2009

NJ Governor Signs Snow & Ice Bill into Law

Thursday, October 22, 2009
On October 20th, Governor Corzine signed (S520/A1718) the Snow and Ice Removal bill into law. The new law requires a "reasonable attempt" (what is reasonable has yet to be defined) be made to remove snow and ice from ALL vehicles including commercial trucks following a snow storm..
N.J. Launches Crackdown on Tailgaiting

Friday, October 16, 2009
According to the Associated Press New Jersey State troopers plan to start targeting tailgaters on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program

Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that it will launch a new Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program which will allow commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. The program is expected to begin in December 2009.
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