NH DOT Projects

Night Paving On NH Route 102 In Londonderry

October 3, 2018

Night paving work is scheduled to begin the night of Sunday, October 7, 2018 on NH Route 102 in Londonderry.

Blasting Work Planned On NH Route 101 Project In Bedford

October 2, 2018

Blasting work is expected to begin Thursday, October 4, 2018 on the NH Route 101 widening project in Bedford.

Bridge Repairs On NH Route 49 In Thornton

October 2, 2018

Bridge repairs are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 8, 2018 on the NH Route 49 bridge over Mad River in Thornton.

Sidewalk And Facility Work At The Canterbury Rest Area On I-93

October 2, 2018

Sidewalk and facility improvement work at the Canterbury Rest Area off of Interstate 93 northbound is planned for Monday, October 8 through Thursday, October 11, 2018, with no public access to the Canterbury Rest Area during this four day period.

 

NJ’s Still At It!

ATA contact: Bob Pitcher, rpitcher@trucking.org.

We’re getting reports again of trucks being held up (and we use that term advisedly) at weigh stations and rest areas in New Jersey by agents of the state’s division of taxation, who demand payment of the New Jersey corporate income tax if the carrier isn’t already registered for the tax with the state. 

Commonly, we understand, the division questions a truck driver on whether he’s making a pick-up or delivery in the state, and, if he is, how long the carrier has been doing business in New Jersey. If the carrier doesn’t do any pick-ups or deliveries, the truck can go on its way. But if the state learns the carrier does even minimal business in the state, and is not registered to pay the income tax, it issues an assessment on the spot, generally for $1,000 per year the activity has gone on – and doesn’t let the truck continue until the carrier wires the money. 

New Jersey has been doing this for at least 20 years now and has snared thousands of carriers, but there are always some that haven’t gotten the word and suffer for it. Is this a burden on interstate commerce? Of course it is! But quite possibly it’s legal. 

So if you do any pick-ups or deliveries in New Jersey, be warned. If you register to file and pay the corporate income tax, the tax is likely to be small (though the accountant’s fee for filling out the return may be substantial), but the consequences of getting caught in the state without registering could be nasty.

DOT Physical Forms and Reports Changing

DOT Physical Forms and Reports Changing

The DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificates and Forms have changed effectively immediately.

The medical examiners certificate (exp 8/31/2018) can no longer be used by certified medical examiners when completing the DOT physical. After today, physicians can only use the 9/30/2019 expiration date cards. 

The only element that changed on the new card and report is the expiration date, all other pieces and places for information remain the same.

The 9/30/19 new MEC form (Form MCSA-5876) can be accessed using this link.

The 9/30/19 new MER form (Form MCSA-5875) can be accessed through the same above link.

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NHMTA FMCSA DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Form Updates

Dear Member,

We have just been informed that the DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificates and Forms have changed effectively immediately.

The medical examiners certificate (exp 8/31/2018) can no longer be used by certified medical examiners when completing the DOT physical. After today, physicians can only use the 9/30/2019 expiration date cards. 

The only element that changed on the new card and report is the expiration date, all other pieces and places for information remain the same.

The 9/30/18 new MEC form is attached as a pdf fill-in form. (Form MCSA-5876). You can also access the form using this link.

The 9/30/18 new MER form (Form MCSA-5875) can be accessed through the same link below.

NEW – MEC Form MCSA-5876

 

 

Reminder: Break Safety Week takes place October 16 – 22, 2018

June 18, 2018

CVSA-certified enforcement personnel will conduct roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, Sept. 16-22, in order to identify and remove CMVs with critical brake violations from our roadways and to call attention to the dangers of faulty brake systems.

Properly functioning brake systems are crucial to safe CMV operation. Brakes must be routinely inspected and carefully and consistently maintained so they operate and perform to the manufacturer’s specifications throughout the life of the vehicle. Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways.

Data and research are clear:

  • According to the U.S Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation (LTCC) Study, 32.7 percent of large trucks with pre-crash violations had brake problems.
  • Brake-related violations comprised the largest percentage of out-of-service vehicle violations cited during last year’s International Roadcheck.
  • The LTCC Study’s relative risk analysis indicated that large trucks involved in a crash where the braking capacity of the truck was critical were 50 percent more likely to have a brake violation than were trucks involved in crashes where the truck’s braking capacity was not critical.
  • According to the LTCC Study, of the trucks involved in brake-critical crashes, 45.5 percent had brake violations, compared with 29.9 percent of trucks involved in crashes of the same type where the braking was not relevant.
  • Results from last year’s Brake Safety Day found that 14 percent of all inspections conducted during that one-day brake safety initiative resulted in a CMV being placed out of service for brake-related violations.

Brake Safety Week aims to reduce the number of crashes caused by poorly maintained braking systems on CMVs by conducting roadside mechanical fitness inspections and removing dangerous vehicles from our roadways.

In addition to inspections and enforcement, outreach efforts by law enforcement agencies to educate drivers, mechanics, owner-operators and others on the importance of proper brake maintenance, operation and performance are integral to the success of the safety initiative.

During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will primarily conduct the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Inspections conducted will include inspection of brake-system components to identify loose or missing parts; air or hydraulic fluid leaks; defective rotor conditions; measurement of pushrod travel; mismatched air chamber sizes across axles; air reservoir integrity and mounting; worn linings, pads, drums or rotors; required brake-system warning devices; and other brake-system components. Vehicles with defective or out-of-adjustment brakes will be placed out of service.

In addition, in the 12 jurisdictions using performance-based brake testing (PBBT) equipment, vehicle braking efficiency will be measured. PBBTs measure the cumulative brake force for the entire vehicle and divide it by the total vehicle weight to determine overall vehicle braking efficiency. The minimum braking efficiency for trucks is 43.5 percent, required by 393.52 of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the CVSA North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria.

Brake Safety Week is part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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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U.S. DOT and EPA Propose Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2021-2026 Vehicles

WASHINGTON – On August 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a notice of proposed rulemaking, the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule), to correct the national automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards to give the American people greater access to safer, more affordable vehicles that are cleaner for the environment.

The SAFE Vehicles Rule is the next generation of the Congressionally mandated Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is the first formal step in setting the 2021-2026 Model Year (MY) standards that must be achieved by each automaker for its car and light-duty truck fleet.

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NH IFTA Electronic Reporting Training

NHMTA has arranged a training session for members on the new IFTA electronic tax return program.  Please see the attached registration form to sign up for the class to be held at our office on July 10, 2018. 

This is a copy of the message recently sent out by NH DOS – Road Toll Bureau: 

New Hampshire Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau, (NH DOS RTB), is excited to announce that our International Fuel Tax Agreement Processing Consortium, (IPC), is now fully electronic and ready to allow authorized users to access their IFTA account online!  Licensees will finally have the convenience of filing their quarterly returns and make payments online. 

NH DOS RTB is implementing this new IFTA returns processing system as part of its initiative to streamline the way we do business. Anyone with Internet access and proper authorization can file an IFTA return electronically through our new IFTA system.  Our dedicated team members are ready to help you and your company every step of the way.

We would like to invite you to file your 2nd Quarter, 2018, IFTA Return using the online filing feature.  We have created an IFTA Returns Processing System Quick Reference Guide.  If you would like a copy we would be happy to email or mail it to you for your reference.  Send us an email request at https://nh.iftaipc.com, or call us at (603)271-2311.  When an IFTA return is filed online you will be given the option to print an invoice and send a check for the total amount due, or pay online using a MasterCard, Visa, and American Express Credit Cards.  If your online return results in a credit you will also have the option to request a refund. 

Should your company decide they would like to accept the invitation to file online there are a few system site requirements your company will need to be able to access the NH IFTA IPC:

  1. Adobe Acrobat Reader – Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7.0 or higher is required for viewing PDF files that are created by the IFTA IPC System. This software can be obtained from Adobe’s web site at:       http://get.adobe.com/reader/.           C)   Latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  
  2. In addition to filing your taxes online there will be other features available, such as ordering additional decals, and renewing licenses.  Filing online through the IFTA IPC System is completely voluntary.  If you prefer, you can continue to file using the IFTA paper returns that have been included in this mailing.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us by email, https://nh.iftaipc.com, or by telephone, (603) 271-2311.  We are looking forward to working with you! 
  3.          D)  Java Script must be enabled to successfully run this site.
  4.          B)   IE Version 11 or higher.

2018 06 26 Training Information

NHMTA Important Tractor Trailer Ban Notice

Reporting Agency: Transcom to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Incident Type: Tractor Trailer ban

Location: Various corridors in downstate NY

Initial/Final report (March 21, 2018 Effective 8:00AM EDT):

• Effective 8:00AM: The NY State DOT advised that a full tractor trailer ban will go into effect on the NY State Thruway System from Exit 17 (I-84) to the NYC Line (including the Mario Cuomo Bridge), I-287/Cross Westchester Expressway, I-95/New England Thruway from exit 8 (Bronx) to the CT State Line. The ban also includes I-84 and I-684 end to end. The ban will be enforced by the NY State Police; there are no plans for checkpoints at the respective state borders.

Actions/Follow-up:
• Pending

Additional: Pending

After Hack, FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website is Currently Unavailable

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website is currently down and operating in a very limited capacity as described below. At this time, there is no estimated date of when the system will return to normal operation.
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