DOT “Medical Marijuana” Notice

DOT “Medical Marijuana” Notice

DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued guidelines for Federal prosecutors in states that have enacted laws authorizing the use of “medical marijuana.” Follow these links for important information.

The Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Transportation

Webinar Thursday, May 2, 2019

1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

Topics:  Legal, Human Resources and Operations

Thanks to the Workforce Solutions Webinar Sponsors, all audiences, regardless of TCA membership, are encouraged to join at no charge

Continuing Education Credits: This Live Learning webinar provides 1 CE credit toward the Truckload Academy Human Resources Certificate (HR-OP, HH-RR, or HR-L) and renewal of the Truckload Academy Certificate of Fleet Management(CFM).

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Road Repairs and Detours begin March 25th, Road Postings in Effect

Road Repairs and Detours begin March 25th, Road Postings in Effect

Regional Truck Detour during NH Route 9 Bridge Replacement in Sullivan

Repair Work Set for US 4 Bridge over I-93 in Concord

Annual Road Postings Underway on Sections of State Highways

Quebec Thaw Dates 2019 – Updated

The Department reminds heavy-vehicle users and shippers that authorized load limits are reduced during periods of thaw on all public roads. This is the case every year to account for the lower carrying capacity of the road network during this period.

For the 2019 thaw period, the start and end dates of the load restriction period for each of the thaw zones are as follows:

Dates targeted for 2019

Zone 1 (dates revised on March 11, 2019)

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

Zone 2 (dates revised on March 11, 2019)

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

Zone 3

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

It should be noted that the target dates represent the most likely dates of start and end of the thaw period for each of the three zones. Depending on changing weather conditions, these dates may be delayed or delayed.

Bill that would mandate side underride guards on trailers reintroduced in Congress

A group of U.S. Senators and members of the House this week reintroduced legislation that would mandate side underride guards on tractor-trailers to help mitigate impacts on car occupants in crashes where the car slides under the trailer. The legislation was first introduced in December 2017, but no action was taken.

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Daimler recalls more than 45,000 Cascadia tractors over instrument panel issue

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia tractors for an issue with the ignition control unit not performing required bulb checks on the instrument panel in certain situations, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Daimler says if the ignition in the affected trucks is turned from on to off to on too quickly, the ICU may not perform the required bulb checks for the anti-lock brake system or electronic stability control, as required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Senate files bill to allow under-21 truckers to drive interstate

A bill that would allow CDL holders under the age of 21 to cross state lines has been filed in the U.S. Senate. The Drive-Safe Act, which was also filed in the U.S. House in March, would institute extra training hurdles and require 18-20-year-old drivers to log hundreds of hours behind the wheel alongside a more experienced driver before being permitted to operate interstate. The bill is backed by the American Trucking Associations.


Currently, federal law prohibits interstate operations to drivers 21 years and older. However, proponents of allowing younger drivers to cross state lines argue that, in large states, drivers can operate on trips hundreds of miles long, yet can’t make much shorter trips across multiple states. They also argue that nabbing drivers at an earlier age — 18 or 19 instead of 21 — could expand the industry’s ability to attract career truck operators.

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The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the planned extended closure to through traffic of a section of NH Route 127 in Hopkinton for approximately ten weeks. 

Beginning Monday, August 27, 2018, Route 127 (Maple Street) will be closed immediately east of the Rowell Covered Bridge to allow for upgrades to the nearby hydroelectric facility.  These upgrades to a section of penstock will require excavation of the roadway.

During this construction work, a detour will be in place utilizing Interstate 89 and US Route 202. The only section of NH 127 being closed is the area of the penstock, downstream of the Hopkinton-Everett Reservoir.  Route 127 will still be accessible from both sides, but will not allow for through traffic.