EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act – Funds Available

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will have funds available in the fall of 2017 through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program to help diesel equipment owners in New Hampshire to reduce emissions. This program provides partial funding for local/state governments and businesses to reduce emissions through idle reduction technology, exhaust controls, or replacement of older diesel engines with newer engines. The deadline for the first round of applications is October 15th. Additional information as well as an application are available on our website https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/tps/msp/diesel-vehicles/index.htm. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Strachan at Elizabeth.strachan@des.nh.gov

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.

TDC Application

SuperTech Application

Rehabilitation of I-393 Bridges in Concord

Single Lane Traffic Over Portsmouth St.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the starting of the rehabilitation of the I-393 eastbound and westbound bridges over Portsmouth Street in Concord.  
Beginning Tuesday, April 11, 2017, I-393 eastbound and westbound will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the Portsmouth Street bridges between Exits 2 and 3 for approximately two months. Motorists should expect significant delays during peak traffic periods, such as the morning and evening commuting hours.  Drivers should expect stop and go traffic on I-393 during these periods, and should use alternate routes if possible.
 
This work is a part of the road and bridge rehabilitation work on I-393 in Concord and Pembroke that includes pavement rehabilitation, bridge deck repairs, median barrier replacement, guardrail upgrades, and culvert replacement.

Weaver Brothers construction Co. of Bow, New Hampshire is the general contractor of this $10.6 Million project, which is scheduled to be completed near the end of 2017

ATRI updates online idling regulations

Arlington, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) continues to update and maintain a listing of state and local idling regulations on its website by clicking here.  The listing is provided in two forms, an online compendium which provides detailed information and Internet links to each of the 60 state and local regulations which have been identified; and a cab card which provides a consolidated listing of the state and local limits.  The cab card is designed to be downloaded and carried in the glove box of a truck.

The latest update includes two newly enacted regulations.

  1. San Antonio joins the growing number of Texas cities and counties that have implemented a 5 minute idling limit. Exemptions include Hours-of-Service compliance beyond two miles of facilities with available external heat or air connections and trucks with Certified Clean Idle engines.  The new limit went into effect on January 1, 2017 with fines up to $500.
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan will implement a new 5 minute limit beginning on July 1, 2017. Exemptions will be provided for rest or sleep breaks beyond 25 miles of available truck stop electrification or shore power or when temperatures are less than 32° F or greater than 85° F and a temperature-controlled area is not accessible.  Violations may result in a minimum fine of $500.

ATRI continues to monitor the development of idling regulations across the country and provides the compendium and cab card as a free service to help trucking companies and truck drivers comply with the myriad of state and local idling regulations.

ATRI is the trucking industry’s 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization. It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation