FMCSA scraps 2015 proposal to alter CSA to pursue larger reforms to program

Proposed revisions to the U.S. DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring program — and to how the DOT uses those scores to target carriers deemed at risk for crashes — are being withdrawn, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Friday in a formal notice. The changes, proposed in July 2015 by FMCSA, sought to better align CSA’s Safety Measurement System BASIC scores with carriers’ risk of being involved in a crash.

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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! 
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2018 06 26 Training Information

NIGHT CLOSURE OF OPEN ROAD TOLLING LANES ON I-93


For Immediate Release
April 15, 2018

TO ALLOW FOR MAINTENANCE WORK AT HOOKSETT TOLLS
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces plans to close the northbound and southbound Open Road Toll (ORT) lanes at Hooksett Toll Plaza on Interstate 93 for maintenance work.
The closure is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:00 pm until 5:00 am on the morning of Friday, April 27, 2018.

The closure is necessary in order to perform routine maintenance on the overhead equipment. All motorists will be guided via signs and traffic cones to the non-ORT portion of the Hooksett Toll Plaza where they will proceed through either dedicated E-ZPass lane or cash lanes.
Contacts:
John Corcoran, Turnpikes Bureau, 603-485-3806
Bill Boynton, Public Information Office, 603-271-6495

NH Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483

Route 4 Woodstock PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To: Trucking community
From: Vermont Truck & Bus Association
Re: U.S. Route 4, Vermont Statutory Restriction
Priority: High

The generally permitted length of vehicles with trailers in the State of Vermont is up to 75 feet in length.
It has come to the attention of the Vermont Truck & Bus Association, through members who have been ticketed, that the following restriction is in effect and being enforced:
Title 23, VSA, § 1432. Length of vehicles
(c) Operation on U.S. Route 4. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, vehicles with a trailer or semitrailer which are longer than 68 feet but not longer than 75 feet may be operated with a single or multiple trip overlength permit issued at no cost by the Department of Motor Vehicles or, for a fee, by an entity authorized in subsection 1400(d) of this title on U.S. Route 4 from the New Hampshire state line to the junction of VT Route 100 south, provided the distance from the kingpin of the semitrailer to the center of the rearmost axle group is not greater than 41 feet.

The Town of Woodstock, Vermont, is particularly strict in enforcing this permit, even though your truck and trailer would be legal without a permit anywhere else in Vermont.

FAILURE TO OBTAIN THIS FREE PERMIT MAY RESULT IN A FINE OF $300.00 FOR A FIRST OFFENSE, $600.00 FOR A SECOND OFFENSE WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, AND $800.00 FOR A THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PERIOD.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PERMIT: (802)828-2064
http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/OSD-01-Excess_Length_App.pdf

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.
See page 4 in newsletter.

How To Handle A Jack Knife Skid

A jack knife skid is one of THE most threatening, scary situations a professional truck driver will ever find themselves in. Most truck driver training programs, do not spend sufficient time teaching trainees how to handle a jack knife skid.
I’ve been a professional truck driver for about 40 years. I have driven all over North America in all types of weather and all types of terrain.

Every driver has their own method for correcting a jack knife skid situation.

Here’s what has worked for me in my driving career.

What to Do When In a Jack Knife Skid Situation

i) Get the unit (tractor trailer) straight. This is the first thing a driver must do when in a jack knife skid situation.
As a professional driver, it’s vital to remain calm, have a cool head and focus on the matter at hand.

ii) If the trailer is kicked out to the passenger side, the best way to correct this, is to steer into the direction of the skid on the same side (steer to the right).

iii) I first take my feet off pedals, whether the clutch, the fuel and the brake.

iv) I concentrate on the steering. My focus is on straightening the truck/trailer.

v) I then attempt to slow the unit down. Some drivers will not agree with me, when I say I utilize the jake brake. It’s possible to use the jake brake on a lower setting, if the roads are excessively slippery.
I let the jake walk the engine down gradually.

vi) When I feel that I am regaining control of the truck, I will try to ‘feather the pedal’. I do not use the trailer brake to slow down when in a jack knife skid.

Then, when in control, I will slowly ease the truck and trailer over to the side of the road.
It’s important to steer gradually toward the skid. Do NOT turn the steering wheel hard into the skid. Do NOT over correct. This will help to counteract the sliding movement and help to straighten the truck and trailer on the road.

Most skids are caused by excessive speed and poor road conditions caused by bad weather. So it is important to be aware of the impending dangers when driving in foul weather.