Quebec Thaw Dates 2019 – Updated

The Department reminds heavy-vehicle users and shippers that authorized load limits are reduced during periods of thaw on all public roads. This is the case every year to account for the lower carrying capacity of the road network during this period.

For the 2019 thaw period, the start and end dates of the load restriction period for each of the thaw zones are as follows:

Dates targeted for 2019

Zone 1 (dates revised on March 11, 2019)

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

Zone 2 (dates revised on March 11, 2019)

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

Zone 3

Monday, March 25 to Friday, May 24

It should be noted that the target dates represent the most likely dates of start and end of the thaw period for each of the three zones. Depending on changing weather conditions, these dates may be delayed or delayed.

Bill that would mandate side underride guards on trailers reintroduced in Congress

A group of U.S. Senators and members of the House this week reintroduced legislation that would mandate side underride guards on tractor-trailers to help mitigate impacts on car occupants in crashes where the car slides under the trailer. The legislation was first introduced in December 2017, but no action was taken.

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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


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, 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:           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,, or by telephone, (603) 271-2311.  We are looking forward to working with you! 
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  4.          B)   IE Version 11 or higher.

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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.

• 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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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
New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
P O Box 3898
Concord NH 03302
603-224-7337 Fax 603-225-9361


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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