Senate skips trucking reforms in DOT bill, calls for evaluation ELD mandate for livestock carriers

The Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to send the chamber’s 2019 U.S. DOT appropriations bill to the full Senate for consideration. Unlike its House counterpart, the bill is void of trucking policy reforms, chiefly an extension of the ELD waiver granted to livestock haulers and the so-called Denham Amendment, a provision to block states from enforcing meal and rest break laws for truck operators.

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First of Rhode Island’s trucks-only tolls begin collecting Monday

Truck drivers traveling through Rhode Island will begin receiving bills for two toll locations beginning Monday, June 11.

Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti Jr. said in a press conference Tuesday the two locations are expected to raise $7.2 million per year. A total of 14 toll locations are planned, and Alviti said RIDOT expects construction will begin or be completed on those locations within the next 18 months.

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Contact: Robert J. Sculley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 603-224-7337
Cell: 603-496-8653

Kevin Boucher, a driver with Associated Grocers of New England (AG of NE) is the first driver to complete the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association (NHMTA) Heavy Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program. Mr. Boucher completed all requirements for apprenticeship on October 31, 2017.
His apprenticeship culminated an eighteen month apprenticeship program with Associated Grocers of New England located in Pembroke, New Hampshire. After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally-recognized credential from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The genesis of this Association program started over four years ago at the 2013 NHMTA Annual Meeting. Through an industry based panel discussion, with feedback from the audience, regarding the lack of qualified commercial motor vehicle drivers identified as the single largest challenge to the Association and its members located in the state of New Hampshire.
A committee comprised of NHMTA members and chaired by Stephen Brown of Ross Express worked with US Department of Labor officials and NHMTA staff to craft an apprenticeship program aimed at attracting, training and retaining qualified drivers. The apprenticeship program officially started on November 4, 2015 and has resulted in the recognition of its first apprentice, Kevin Boucher. AG of NE where Mr. Boucher is employed is a long standing member of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association.
Any companies or potential drivers who may have interest in learning more about the NHMTA Apprenticeship program and how it works should contact Vera at the NHMTA office.

Wynn Young, US Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship; Commissioner Kenneth Merrifield, NH Department of Labor; Kevin Boucher, Driver; Denis Kolehmainen, AG of NE Transportation Manager; Kevin Murray, AG of NE Director of Transportation; Robert J. Sculley, President, New Hampshire Motor Transport Association.

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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 Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Strachan at