NHMTA NJ State Police Issue Commercial Motor Vehicle Ban on Certain NJ Interstate Highways

Effective 8:00pm yesterday evening New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan issued a commercial motor vehicle ban on the following interstates:

• I-78
• I-80
• I-280
• I-287

The ban applies to all tractor trailers, empty straight CDL-weighted trucks, passenger vehicles pulling trailers. recreational vehicles, and motorcycles.

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

For road weight restrictions in New Hampshire

http://newengland511.org/. Click on “Special Events” for the listing in NH (preview yellow, orange and black flags for roads with weight restrictions.

The Ministère reminds users of heavy vehicles and shippers that the authorized load limits are reduced during the thaw period on all public roads. This is done every year to account for the road network’s lower bearing capacity during this period.
Official dates for 2018 (Updated March 1)
Zone 1
From Monday, March 5 (00:01) to Friday, May 4 (23:59)
Aimed dates for 2018 (Updated March 1)
Zone 2
From Monday, March 19 (00:01) to Friday, May 18 (23:59)
Zone 3
From Monday, March 26 (00:01) to Friday, May 25 (23:59)
Depending on the changes in weather conditions, the start and end of the load restriction period may be moved ahead or postponed.

thaw report

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.

15 Essential Winter Trucking Safety Tips

Winter trucking safety tips for truckers: driving a tractor trailer in serious winter conditions, demands a specific set of skills for all drivers, especially big rig drivers.
Too many drivers on the highways do not alter their driving skills, when driving in poor weather conditions, on snow-covered or icy roads. Good maneuvering and skid control skills are essential in poor weather.
Knowledge and implementation of proper, preventative safety skills for driving in poor conditions, can truly separate the professional drivers from the rest of the pack.
They have the smarts for making good decisions and knowing when conditions are not safe, and it’s time to ‘get off the road’.
Driving in bad weather, especially in snow and on ice, is risky due to more ‘ stop time’ required, poor visibility, poor traction and the increased unpredictability of other drivers on the road.

NHMTA Travel Alert I-95 – Starting tonight at 7:00 pm

CLOSURE OF OPEN ROAD TOLLING LANES ON I-95
TO ALLOW FOR MAINTENANCE WORK AT HAMPTON TOLLS
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces plans to close both the northbound and southbound Open Road Toll (ORT) lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza on Interstate 95 for winter maintenance work.
The closure is scheduled for the night of Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am on Friday morning, January 12, 2018.

The closure is necessary in order for the removal of snow along the shoulders and against the concrete barrier. All motorists will be guided via signs and traffic cones to the non-ORT portion of the Hampton 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

NHMTA Regional Declaration of Emergency

Dear Member,

The US Department of Transportation has issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency under 49 CFR 390.23. The Declaration is for 38 states and grants emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations with some restrictions, and includes the transportation of fuel products into and rom the Affected States and jurisdictions.

Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your truck.
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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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FMCSA: Check Out Our Latest Short Video

Learn more about long stopping distances of large trucks and buses.

The Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership just released a new short video that depicts the long stopping distances that trucks and buses face, and provides tips on how passenger vehicle drivers can safely operate around these large vehicles.
For more resources