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.

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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7 Truck Driving Tips

Here’s our list of truck driver safety pointers perfect for both drivers new to their vehicles and savvy pros looking for a quick refresher.

1. Watch your blind spots

Other motorists may not be aware of a truck’s “no zones” — those where crashes are most likely to occur. Common “no zones” include:

·       Off to the side just in front of the cab

·       Just behind the side mirrors

·       Directly behind the truck

If others aren’t aware of these trouble spots, they may drive dangerously close. As frustrating as this can be, it’s up to you to exercise caution before turning or changing lanes and to maintain a safe distance.

2. Reduce speed in work zones

Roughly one-third of all fatal work-zone accidents involve large trucks. Make sure to take your time going through interstate construction — your delivery can always wait.

3. Maintain your truck

Give your vehicle a thorough check each morning (fluid levels, horn, mirrors, etc.). The brakes are particularly vital, given how much weight is riding on them. If you spot anything unusual, report it to dispatch before attempting to drive.

4. Load cargo wisely

The higher you stack cargo, the more drag on the truck. By stacking lower and spreading cargo through the full space of the truck, you can stay more nimble and improve your fuel economy.

5. Reduce speed on curves

Usually, following the speed limit is a good thing. When it comes to trucking, however, there are times when even adhering to posted signs is still too fast (confusing, we know).

Particularly on exit/entrance ramps, the speed limits are meant more for cars; trucks have a tendency to tip over if they take the curves too fast. When going through any curve, it’s best to set your speed far lower than the posted limit to make up for your rig’s unique dimensions.

6. Adjust for bad weather

Inclement weather causes roughly 25 percent of all speeding-related truck driving accidents. Cut your speed down by one-third on wet roads, and by one-half on snowy or icy ones.

Also allow more time for maneuvers in poor weather. Let your blinker run for a good 5 blinks before your change lanes, and signal for turns before slowing down.

And if you see other truckers pulling over, maybe it’s best you do likewise.

7. Take care of yourself

A big part of truck driver safety has less to do with your vehicle, and more to do with you. Getting enough sleep, eating right, exercising, and taking quality home time will all help you feel more content and refreshed behind the wheel — 2 qualities prized in any driver.

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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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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