CVSA’s 2017 International Roadcheck Enforcement Event to Take Place June 6-8 with Special Emphasis on Cargo Securement

March 13, 2017

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

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AAA: MEMORIAL DAY TRAVEL AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2005

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 17, 2017) – AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, May 25 to Monday, May 29.

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Deadline to Submit Registrations for TDC and TMC SuperTech

Reminder: Today (May 19th)  is the deadline to get submit your registration for the Truck Driving and Step Van Championships as well as the TMC SuperTech Championships. The registrations are attached. If you would like to help out on the day of the competition, or be a sponsor, please contact Vera at vera@nhmta.org, 603-224-7337.

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Maintenance Bay: Beating back corrosion

President: Dave Letts Company: Transport Finishes Inc. Operation: A sandblasting, body work, fiberglass repair, and paint shop for heavy-duty trucks and trailers located in East Hazel Crest, IL

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When it comes to refurbishing trailers, Dave Letts says that corrosion problems strike the same areas over and over again largely due to the operating conditions every trucking company must deal with.

“Any forward-facing surface under the trailer is at higher risk, and the closer the proximity to a tire, the higher the probability of corrosion,” says Letts, president of Transport Finishes.

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R.I. official: First of state’s trucks-only tolls to be operational by December

The first two locations for Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolls will be operational by December, said Rhode Island DOT Director Peter Alviti Jr. this week in a radio interview with WPRO.

A contractor for the state will begin building and installing the toll gantries on the northbound and southbound sides of I-95 near Hopkinton and Richmond, as well as near Exeter (points 1 and 2 on the map to the right).

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Deadline to register is next Friday, May 19 TDC and SuperTech

NHMTA Truck Driving and Step Van Championships – June 3, 2017

New Hampshire TMC SuperTech Competition – June 3, 2017

This event gives medium and heavy duty truck Technicians the opportunity to showcase their technical knowledge and skills in competition with other Technicians throughout the area.  Technicians from nearby states are invited to compete if there is no TMC sanctioned competition in their home state.

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NHMTA Sponsors Second Load Securement Program

On May 9, NHMTA conducted the second of two load securement safety training programs for member companies at the White Mountain Community College in Littleton. The program focused on load securement and FMCSA regulatory updates.

Sixteen persons from seven member companies attended the program led by Trooper First-Class Kenneth Phoenix of New Hampshire State Police, Troop G, Commercial Vehicle Unit and Division Administrator Steve Piwowarski of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The program consisted of a classroom session and an outdoor exercise where attendees had to identify “problems” of load securement. Then, with TFC. Phoenix officiating, the group identified and shortly thereafter reviewed the problem areas on the demonstration vehicle that had been set up before the class.

World Trading Company (WTC), a division of Sabbow products, graciously supplied the demonstration vehicle, a flatbed with three different loads, for use during the outdoor portion of the exercise.

Following the outdoor exercise, Steve Piwowarski gave a presentation about the latest regulatory changes at FMCSA and the latest update on electric logging devices (ELDs). As use of ELDs becomes effective this coming December, NHMTA will be sponsoring additional programs focusing on the use and regulation of these devices.

NHMTA wants to thank Ray Billings and Ray Popsie of Phoenix Concrete, and Tim Fisher and Scott Jewell of WTC for their cooperation and assistance in providing the demonstration vehicle and the setup of “problems” used during these two programs. We also wish to thank Melanie Robbins and White Mountain Community College, TFC. Kip Phoenix of NHSP Troop G, and Steve Piwoarski of FMCSA, for their cooperation and assistance in conducting these two valuable programs.