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.

Neil Nogues, YRC Freight, the 2018 NHMTA State Champion came home with the highly-coveted Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award.

 The Neill Darmstadter Professional Excellence Award is sponsored by C.H. Robinson and recognizes a driver judged to best exemplify the characteristics of a professional truck driver. The criteria is based on their driving record, skill, knowledge, Photo courtesy Mickey Rafealattitude toward safety, and personality as evidenced by their work history and performance in various NTDC skills tests and overall professionalism. Contestants for the award must have competed at seven or more National Truck Driving Championships.

Three other drivers, one from New Hampshire and two from Vermont placed in the top five of their class.

From New Hampshire:

Paul Robichaud, Fed Ex Express, 4th Place Tanks

From Vermont:

Matt Smith, Fed Ex Express, 4th Place Twins

Chris Goddard, Fed Ex Express, 5th Place 3 Axel

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

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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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

NHMTA VT Emergency Declaration Notice for Hours of Service

Dear Member,

Pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23 and Vermont Title 5 VSA 2101, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles declares that an emergency exists pertaining to the delivery of home heating fuels (fuel oil, propane) within the State of Vermont. Under certain guidelines, there is an exemption for Hours of Service.

This Emergency Declaration will remain in effect through January 9, 2018 at midnight. Please be advised that this will be reviewed after seven days to determine whether the Declaration of Emergency needs to amended or rescinded at that time.

The Declaration is attached. Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your vehicle.
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First Truck Driver Apprentice Completes NHMTA Heavy Duty Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program


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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TOLL INCREASE DEAD!

Dear NHMTA Member:

The proposed toll increase led by Councilor Russ Prescott, R-Kingston is dead. This morning Governor Sununu made public his plans to stop the proposal. This is great news for our members as this increase was unnecessary. I want to thank all of you who got involved, the NHMTA members who attended the public hearings in Portsmouth, Concord and Manchester, NH and for those of you that called and emailed the Executive Councilors and the Governor in opposition to the proposed increase.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361

FIRST TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICE COMPLETES

Contact: Robert J. Sculley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel: 603-224-7337
Cell: 603-496-8653
Email: info@nhmta.org

FIRST TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICE COMPLETES
NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION HEAVY DUTY TRUCK DRIVER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
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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Toll Update

Dear NHMTA Membership:

Most all of you have been following the toll increase in the media.

Last week I sent an email out requesting our membership attend a hearing in Portsmouth at the public library on Monday night to help oppose the unnecessary increase. On behalf of our Association, I want to thank the following companies for taking their time to appear at the hearing and support the Association’s position in opposing the proposed toll increase of over 36 million in new revenue a year. They are: Associated Grocers of New England, Ross Express, Wal-Mart Transportation, M&S Logistics, Pinard Waste, Eagle Express/Warehousing, City Fuel, Dead River Company and R&M Freight. We would also like to recognize Rockingham Oil, Bridges Brothers and J & F Farms for their written comments.

In addition to our opposition, NH Senate President, Chuck Morse, appeared in strong opposition to this proposal. He exposed the process which was flawed. There had been no public hearing on this proposal in the previous twenty-three Governor Advisory Council on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT)meetings held throughout the state of New Hampshire this past year. Senator Morse pointed out the email that went out to the five Executive Councilors who oversee the setting of toll rates was sent out at 10:00pm the Wednesday evening, the day before Thanksgiving. The perception being there was a coordinated effort to pass a massive tax increase on to the New Hampshire citizens with no legislative oversight and in the dark of the night. Senator Morse said he would not support this effort. His comments were echoed by Senator Birdsell (Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee), Senator Avard and Senator Sanborn.

I also must point out that the Union Leader played a prominent role in exposing this attempted toll increase.

Yesterday, Governor Sununu removed the toll proposal from the Governor and Council’s agenda for today’s meeting at the request of the NH Department of Transportation. I believe there will be additional public meetings set up in each Councilor’s district. This toll proposal may show up again at a future Governor and Council meeting or it may be gone for good. If there are additional meetings we will need to show up in opposition or run the risk of facing an unnecessary toll increase.

Please remember the three Executive Councilors currently in support of this toll increase are, Councilor Russell Prescott, Andru Volinsky and Christopher C. Pappas. The two Executive Councilors opposed to the toll increase are Councilor David K. Wheeler and Joseph D. Kenney.

I also want to thank the many NHMTA members that took the time to contact their Executive Councilor to voice their opposition to this toll increase.

The removal of the toll proposal is a good step. However, it may resurface to be voted on in the future. All of this would be put to rest if Governor Sununu would say he would veto the proposal.

I will keep you updated as we learn more.

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361
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NH Toll Increase


Dear NHMTA Member:

As most of you know by now, there is a proposal to raise tolls on the Turnpike system by a substantial amount. According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, this toll proposal will generate an additional $36 million in revenue for the “acceleration and expansion of Turnpike capital projects.” Attached is the seven-page toll proposal that was prepared by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation for your review.

Toll rates are set by the New Hampshire Executive Council, unlike the “gas tax” which is debated and voted on by the New Hampshire General Court (NH House & Senate). If the toll rate increase is approved by the executive councilors, the majority of the toll transactions in the state of New Hampshire will increase by 50%. The commercial motor vehicle rate will become twice the class-one passenger rate, which is displayed on a graph in the proposal.

Herein lies the problem: There are five executive councilors and it takes only three to approve a toll increase. Executive Councilors Papas, Volinsky, and Prescott are all in support of this massive toll increase.

If you are opposed to this increase, I am recommending the following course of action: It is extremely important that the executive councilors and the governor hear from you as soon as possible. Their contact information is found on a separate sheet, attached.

Additionally, a public hearing has been scheduled for Monday night, December 4, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Portsmouth Public Library for the purpose of public input on this toll proposal which I hope you will attend. Here is the address of the venue:
Portsmouth Public Library
175 Parrott Ave
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Unless you are in favor of an increase in tolls, it is critically important that you show up at this meeting to voice your opposition. I am very afraid that there will be many in the room that will be in support of this proposed increase.

Please make phone calls if you can as I have found that they can be the most effective form of communication. E-mail addresses are provided if you do not have the opportunity to call.

Here are a few talking points that you can use:

The New Hampshire Turnpike system is fully funded. There is enough cash to pay for current projects.

The state raised the gas tax 4.5 cents per gallon only three years ago. This generated approximately $32 million in new funds that are dedicated for use on New Hampshire’s roads and bridges.

This is important because the toll increase proposal is intended for the state to purchase a part of the highway through Concord (between Exits 14 to north of Exit 15) making it part of the turnpike system. As part of that transaction, according to NH DOT, that would free up $180,000,000 to be used on non-turnpike system roads and bridges.

That discussion should be part of a legislative hearing with multiple opportunities for public input.
Please, let the executive councilors know of the direct-cost impact to your business on a monthly and annual basis, i.e., the expected cost increase of goods and services to your customers and the impact on your employees.

Please let me know if you plan to attend the hearing on Monday evening in Portsmouth. It would be great if you can attend. Also, please provide me with any feedback that you receive from the executive councilors.

Sincerely,

Robert J. Sculley
President
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361
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2017 11 28 New Hampshire Executive Councilors

2017 11 28 Proposal for Acceleration and Expansion of Turnpike