Remember to clean off your vehicles – it’s the law!

The New Hampshire State Police would like to remind all Motor Carriers and truck drivers of the hazards of snow and ice accumulation on their vehicles during the winter season. Snow and ice falling from a moving truck can create hazardous driving conditions for vehicles travelling around them and could possibly result in a crash, fines, and/or civil liability for failing to take reasonable steps to remove the snow or ice accumulations.

Under New Hampshire State law a driver can be cited for driving a vehicle in a manner that “endangers” or “is likely to endanger any person or property.”

265:79-b Negligent Driving. – Whoever upon any way drives a vehicle negligently or causes a vehicle to be driven negligently, as defined in RSA 626:2, II(d), or in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense].

Large amounts of snow accumulating on a vehicle or trailer often melts and refreezes during cold temperatures causing buildup of ice that can often damage vehicles when falling from a truck. Early removal of the snow after a snowstorm is the best way to prevent such ice from accumulating. It is also very important for drivers of all vehicles to leave sufficient space when following large trucks to give themselves enough time to react in the event that something does fall from a large truck or trailer.

Truckers must ‘chain-up’ in snow and ice before traversing Route 9 in Vermont or will be fined

By Edward Damon, edamon@benningtonbanner.com

BENNINGTON, VT – Truck drivers will have to put snow chains on their tires before traversing Route 9 in snowy and icy conditions, officials say.

And they now have two new designated pull-off areas in Bennington and Wilmington to do so. Read more   

Chain requirements for vehicles with weight ratings of more than 26,000 pounds

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Most drivers find spots in under 15 minutes, but it comes at a price

Larry Kahaner | Fleet Owner

The good news is that the vast majority of drivers – both ELD and non-ELD users – spend less than 15 minutes searching for a parking spot. The bad news is that these same drivers purposely cut short their driving times – 40% report a loss of 31-60 minutes and 32 percent lose 61-120 minutes – because they fear not getting a legal parking space before they must get off the road. Read more

 

Local Walmart drivers strive for honor of relaying wreaths for vets’ graves

 

By JASON SCHREIBER Union Leader Correspondent

RAYMOND — Walmart truck driver William Blackwood of Raymond always wanted to join the convoy of tractor-trailers that carry thousands of balsam fir memorial wreaths to national cemeteries in time for Christmas, but his name was never chosen.

This year he finally got picked to drive one of the trucks that will deliver more than 85,000 wreaths for Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that relies on thousands of volunteers to bring the wreaths to the graves of the nation’s veterans.

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Walmart truck driver William Blackwood of Raymond pauses after placing a wreath around the Civil War monument in Raymond Monday morning. (JASON SCHREIBER/UNION LEADER – Read more

2017 Concord Cold Weather Shelter Needs Volunteers

By now you may have heard that the Concord Cold Weather Shelter will again be run out of the St. Peter’s Activity Center at 135 North State Street and the Friends Program will be managing the day to day operations. As I write you, we do not a firm open date yet. We will open as soon as possible but I do not see it happening any sooner that Wednesday, January 4th at this time. The cold weather shelter will close down on March 31, 2017.  [READ MORE]

Vermont Chains Required. It’s The Law

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The Department of Motor Vehicles would like to inform drivers of large vehicles they will be required to use tire chains on Vermont Route 9 during inclement weather. For more information on which types of vehicles must chain-up, please visit – Chain requirements for vehicles with weight ratings of more than 26,000 pounds 

CHAINS REQUIRED PDF

Fix for HOS Glitch in the Works

Special legislation, in the form of a Continuing Resolution, introduced in Congress in hopes of averting a year-end government shutdown contains language that would permanently fix the glitch in previous legislation that threatened the use of a 34-hour restart as part of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers. The specific provision within the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 2028) requires that DOT “follow the existing 34-hour restart Hours of Service rule for truck drivers to ensure continuity in federal rest regulations, should the report on the rule (mandated in prior Acts) not meet the criteria set by Congress.”

CVSA Releases 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week Results

In an effort to help reduce the number crashes, fatalities and injuries attributed to unsafe driving behaviors, law enforcement agencies throughout North America increased traffic safety enforcement of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and private passenger-vehicle (car) drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 16-22, 2016. Please see attached. 2016-12-09-cvsa-releases-2016-operation-safe-driver-week-results