International Roadcheck

International Roadcheck, in its 30th year in 2017, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

CVSA sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

This year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017.

NHMTA Notice from FMCSA regarding Pennsylvania Interstate and Turnpike Restrictions

Due to the impending winter storm PennDOT will be proactively implementing the following restrictions at 10pm this evening (March 13, 2017):

–          45mph Speed Limit
–          No Tandem and Empty Trailers
–          No Super Loads on Tuesday and possibly Wednesday
–          No RVs, Motorcycles, Trailers and Buses

Areas impacted:

–          All interstates East of I-99 including I-99 and I-70 from the Bedford Turnpike Interchange South
–          I-80 from I-99 eastward
–          PA Turnpike from the Bedford Interchange East
Thanks
Tim Cotter, FMCSA

When inspiration is confused with insanity

Wendy Parker|March 08, 2017

Y’all ain’t gonna believe this.

You probably already saw the article about a cat who survived 400 miles in the undercarriage of his owner’s truck. If you didn’t, here’s a quick synopsis: Trucker/cat lover gets sick and has to park for several hours with the truck idling, to run the A/C. Sometime during the trucker/cat lover’s illness, his cat gets out of the truck by letting the automatic window down. Trucker/cat lover recovers, can’t find his cat, and has to move on to deliver a load. Trucker/cat lover posts probably the saddest Facebook post ever, telling people to look out for his cat, and he takes off.
Lo and behold, after making two deliveries 400 miles in total away from the spot he had parked, trucker/cat lover finds his pet stowed away in the undercarriage of his truck. Trucker/cat lover posts the happiest ending Facebook post ever, and becomes internet famous overnight.

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FMCSA puts final nail in the coffin for restart regs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed on its website that the 2013 regulations on the 34-hour restart will not go back into effect, given the results of a study released this week.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has notified Congress that the required study of the those regs revealed they provided no safety benefit. The notification verified a DOT Inspector General notice issued last week on the study’s conclusions.

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Rehabilitation of Walpole, NH – Westminster, VT Bridge

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the rehabilitation of the Walpole NH – Westminster, VT Bridge over the Connecticut River will require single lane traffic control by traffic signals. 

The work impacting the travelling public will begin April 1, 2017.  Motorists should expect traffic signals at the intersection of NH Route 12 and NH Route 123, and at the Vermont approach to the bridge, which will allow a single lane of alternating traffic across the bridge.  Drivers approaching the bridge should anticipate slowed or stopped vehicles.

This rehabilitation project includes removing and reconstructing bridge expansion joints, stripping pavement, and repairs to the bridge’s deck and piers. 

Cold River Bridges, LLC  of Walpole, New Hampshire is the contractor for the $811,756 project, which has a completion date of August 11, 2017.

Contacts:
Rick Oberst,                 Construction Bureau,                           603-903-9465 
Bill Boynton,               NHDOT Public Information Office,    603-271-6495

FMCSA Notice

Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing:

FMCSA re-opens the public comment period for the Agency’s January 19, 2017, notice announcing the application for exemption from J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. (J.B. Hunt), Schneider National Carriers, Inc. (Schneider), Werner Enterprises, Inc. (Werner), Knight Transportation, Inc. (Knight), Dupre Logistics, Inc. (Dupree), and Maveric Transportation, LLC (Maverick) to allow hair analysis in lieu of urine testing for pre-employment controlled substances testing of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.

Comments must be submitted by April 25, 2017.

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Annual Road Postings Underway on Sections of State Highways

Heavy Vehicle Ban Necessary to Protect Pavements During Thaw 

New Hampshire Department of Transportation Commissioner Victoria Sheehan has ordered customary spring load limits on sections of the State highway system as authorized under State law.

(Press Release is attached)

2017 Quebec thaw period

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2017 thaw period dates in Québec are now confirmed for each of the three zones. Therefore, the 2017 thaw period for the three zones are the following (please note that these dates may change depending on the meteorological conditions):

  • Zone 1: Monday February 27th  – Friday April 28th
  • Zone 2: Monday March 6th – Friday May 5th
  • Zone 3: Monday March 13th – Friday May 12th

During this period, authorized load limits are reduced because the road network load bearing capacity is weakened. Restrictionsvary between 8% and 20% according to the vehicle’s type of axles and configuration.

For more information, please consult the “Thaw Period – Official dates” page in the “Trucking” section of the of the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports web site. https://www.transports.gouv.qc.ca/en/trucking/Pages/thaw-period-projected-dates.aspx

We would appreciate if you could forward this information to your members, partners and staff.

Thank you for your collaboration and best regards,

Dave Henry Direction du transport routier des marchandises

dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca

News Release Attached

Improved Services Coming for New Hampshire E-ZPass Customers

New Mobile-Friendly Website and Walk-In/Call Center in Concord 

New Hampshire E-ZPass customers will soon have a new Customer Service Center in Concord. The transition to a new vendor for New Hampshire E-ZPass will result in the following:

  • A new mobile-friendly website.
  • A new Customer Service Call Center will open in Concord on March 24, 2017.
  • A new Customer Service Walk-In Center will open in Concord on March 24, 2017.

This transition will occur from March 8 to 24, 2017

(Press Release is attached)

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