Volume LXXX | Number 2 | February 2014
The Voice of the Trucking Industry in Pennsylvania
Truck Parking Shortage
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Demand for safe truck parking spaces outstrips supply. Drivers are forced to choose between continuing to drive to find safe parking or parking in a location that puts them and other motorists at risk.
2014 Call on Washington
New Designer Drugs Causing New Problems
April 8-10 is your chance to speak up to lawmakers and policymakers about the top issues in our industry.
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Meeting the Challenges of Safety in 2014 and Beyond A Safety Conference presented by PMTA Safety Management Council on Thursday, March 18 at the Radisson Penn Harris, Camp Hill.
Changes to the Medical Certification Requirements for Commercial Driverâ€™s License FMCSA is amending its regulations to keep in effect until January 30, 2015, the requirement that CDL drivers must retain paper copies of their medical examinerâ€™s certificate when operating a commercial motor vehicle.
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A Word From The Chairman PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR TRUCK ASSOCIATION
MISSION STATEMENT The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association was organized to promote the common business interests of persons engaged in the motor transportation industry. It is dedicated to effectively representing the concerns of the trucking industry to members, government and regulatory agencies, and the general public. PMTA has further pledged to assist member companies in managing the impact of change in the trucking industry, and to enhance the professional and economic growth of its members. The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association’s primary functions are as follows: n
o work with the Legislature T and regulatory agencies to foster, promote and preserve a strong economic climate for trucking in the Commonwealth.
Jim Germak, Jagtrux, Inc. Safety Agencies Focus on Top Issues Facing Trucking The trucking industry is facing more challenges and changes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it is very close to releasing proposals to require electronic logging devices in all trucks. By the time you read this, it may be published in the Federal Registry. A recent Department of Transportation report said the rule will have a 60-day comment period that will last until April 1. FMCSA said the proposed rulemaking on electronic logging devices will address employee harassment and meet the Congressional requirements in MAP-21. The electronic logging device rule is FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s baby. She and others have been working on the proposal for years, and as it moves forward on the new rulemaking FMCSA will consider information and feedback they receive from brokers, drivers, carriers, law enforcement personnel and interested citizens. The ELD mandate was ranked fifth in the American Transportation Research Institute’s survey of critical issues in the trucking industry for 2013. It was the highest rank of any issue related to onboard truck technology in the nine-year history of the survey. Once the proposed rulemaking is released, many in the industry will examine the rule to ensure that existing hours-of-service exemptions, such as those for agricultural haulers during peak season, as well as a provision for supporting document relief, are included in the new rules. Many in the industry are concerned that FMCSA may implement an ELD rule that includes recordkeeping for data beyond what is needed to monitor HOS compliance. Most of the respondents in the ATRI survey said they want the ELD mandate to address this concern. Part of the reason the ELD mandate issue continues to be of concern is due to the uncertainty as to when the rule will be released and when it will go into effect.
o partner with the T enforcement agencies to develop and support safety initiatives that protect the motoring public.
Ranking 10th in importance in the ATRI survey is driver health and wellness. The National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health, a unit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released a report citing research that shows 70% of drivers are obese and half smoke, well above average for all Americans. FMCSA plans to address this issue as well.
o provide a forum for T continuing education through seminars, workshops and conferences.
o disseminate positive T industry information to the press promoting the industry.
The National Transportation Safety Board has its own list of concerns. Topping its “Top 10 Most Wanted” list of transportation improvements for 2014 is distracted driving. The agency said it is seeing a growth in the number of accidents due to distracted drivers and is advocating for stronger enforcement, education and laws. The list also includes reducing substance-impaired driving, passenger-vessel safety, fire safety, communicating hazardous weather to general aviation, pipeline safety and positive train control.
o be available to our T members for personal assistance whenever the need arises.
We appreciate the persistence of these safety agencies in addressing critical issues, especially those affecting the trucking industry.
2014 Call on Washington is Your Chance to Speak Up PMTA to participate April 8-10
s trucking industry leaders, you have the responsibility of calling on lawmakers and policymakers to take the necessary steps to make our roads safer and improve the flow of goods in our economy. The American Trucking Associations recently created a list of priorities for leaders in Washington to focus on in 2014. ATA’s list: • Identify sustainable, efficient and reliable funding for our nation’s roads and bridges rather than seeking out the “easy money” of tolls and privatization; • Advance important safety technology rules, including ones that limit the speed of commercial vehicles and electronically record drivers’ hours-of-service; • Be more precise in defining “large trucks” and in looking at crash accountability so the trucking industry’s safety record can be more accurately measured and understood; • Analyze the first phase of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for large trucks before hastily moving ahead with a second phase; • Review and reconsider the recently changed hours-ofservice rules – particularly the restart provision;
• Use data and science, rather than emotions, when reviewing and establishing truck size and weight regulations; • Create a long-overdue clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results; • Improve government data and databases, from CSA to security screenings and background checks to completing the long-overdue Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey; • Work with state agencies to place far greater focus on commercial and noncommercial vehicle traffic enforcement rather than the current trend of more roadside vehicle inspections. The best way to get the attention of lawmakers is to pay them a personal visit. Last year, 436 trucking executives made 357 Capitol Hill visits as part of ATA’s Call on Washington program. The Call on Washington allows state association members the opportunity to travel to the nation’s capital and meet with their members of Congress, agency officials and ATA policy and legislative staff. The program provides benefits to the state association members, the trucking industry and the congressional delegation. There is no substitute for
a personal meeting to communicate the trucking industry’s priorities.
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This year, Pennsylvania’s Call on Washington is April 8-10. Other state trucking association executives signed up for that week are Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin. Please consider participating in the Call on Washington. All you have to do is bring stories on how specific legislation would affect your business. ATA does most of the planning, including issue briefing sessions, creating issue packets to give to legislators, following up with congressional offices and agencies on invitation issued, and any followup with congressional offices after your visit. ATA makes the meetings with your congressional delegation, although you may want to schedule your own appointments. ATA can help you identify who in a particular agency you may want to meet as well as help schedule the meeting. Several events are included such as an evening reception with legislators. ATA provides a thorough briefing, so you will be well prepared for your discussions with legislators.
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Meeting the Challenges of Safety in 2014 and Beyond Safety Conference presented by PMTA Safety Management Council Thursday, March 18 â€“ Radisson Penn Harris, Camp Hill
egulatory successes and challenges, from the HOS rule to sleep apnea rulemaking, are on the horizon this year. SMCâ€™s safety conference will help you face these challenges. Vendors will showcase safety-related information and products. There is an entry fee of $20, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and all events. The schedule is: Time
8:00am - 9:00am
Registration and visit vendors
9:00am - 9:30am
Welcome and SMC meeting
9:30am - 10:15am
Dennis Shinault of Baldwin and Lyons on OSHA and Trucking
10:30am - 11:15am
Pa. State Police on DATQ Submissions
11:15am - 12:00pm Ron Uriah of Pitt Ohio on Predictive Modeling of Driver Behavior 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Walk around lunch and visit vendors
1:30pm - 2:15pm
Keynote speaker Larry Minor, FMCSA
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Speaker question and answer
To register, please complete the form below. Return your completed form to PMTA by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxing to 717.761.8434. You can also register online at www.pmta.org. If you have any questions, please call PMTA at 717.761.7122. Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Company: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________________ q Invoice me
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esigner jeans, designer handbags, designer food – our desire for designer products seems to have no bounds. Designer drugs are the latest and perhaps the most alarming trend. Cpl. Scott Davis, drug identification expert for the Pennsylvania State Police, said designer drugs are finding their way into the trucking industry, so we all need to be informed and aware.
signs of synthetic marijuana use. As with bath salts, synthetic marijuana isn’t detected by regular drug tests; special tests cost about $300.
Speaking at a recent Safety Management Council meeting, Davis said designer drugs are created or marketed to get around existing drug laws. They are usually made by modifying the molecular structures of existing substances. Bath salts are an example. Made of some of the same substance in normal bath salt used in a real bathtub, they have a similar molecular structure to hallucinogenic drugs like methamphetamine or Ecstasy. “They contain a central nervous system stimulant, similar to meth. One of the reasons you’re seeing this in the trucking industry is it will keep you awake for a long time. Because it’s a whole new substance, it’s not listed on drug control lists,” he said. And, you can purchase it at truck stops, convenience stores and head shops. Half a gram costs $45. The packets say, “Not for human consumption,” so it doesn’t have to pass Federal Drug Administration tests, but as Davis said, who would pay $45 for a half gram of something to put in your bath water?
Some easy to obtain drugs are also abused. Cough medicine has a substance called DXM. If you have this in your system and are driving, it is a DUI. DXM is what is called a dissociative anesthetic, a class of hallucinogen which distorts perceptions of sight and sound and produces feelings of detachment dissociation - from the environment and self. Abuse of DXM is common among teenagers because it is cheap, easy to obtain, and legal. Inhalants are also a big problem with young people. They use the aerosol computer keyboard cleaner (pressurized air) and body spray, among other things. Prescription drug abuse is another problem, Davis said. Eighty percent of people entering drug and alcohol rehab are prescription drug addicts.
Users of bath salts snort, ingest, smoke or inject it, and the primary effects last two or three hours. Someone on bath salts is fidgety, with dilated pupils, sometimes euphoric, with volatile mood swings. With continued use, the person will experience insomnia, nausea, heart palpitations, and changes in body temperature. Davis said someone using bath salts can have a body temperature as high as 108. “The big thing to remember is this is very hard to detect on a drug screen. It won’t show up on a regular drug screen. Tests for bath salt use cost between $400 and $500,” he said. Synthetic marijuana is another hard to detect drug. In natural marijuana, the THC content (the substance that causes the “high”) is between 80-90%. Synthetic marijuana can have 600-800 times that amount of THC. Packages have “not for human consumption,” thus protecting it from the FDA. “Be aware of mood swings in a person using synthetic marijuana. They could be extreme,” Davis said. Panic attacks, agitation, anxiety, tremors and seizures are 12 PENNTRUX
Davis said there is legislation to get these designer drugs and any future ones on the illegal substances lists, but new substances are constantly being introduced. It’s a billion dollar business, and a lot of this supports terrorist activities.
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and two states legalized it for recreational use. “Think about how easy it is to obtain marijuana. The industry has to be aware of that. The large majority of drug seizures are coming in commercial vehicles. Route 80 is the second largest drug corridor in the U.S. The problem is right here in Pennsylvania,” Davis said.
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uring the past two years carriers and CDL drivers have been working toward the FMCSA goal of driver self-certification and supplying a copy of their latest valid medical examiner’s certificate to the state driver licensing agency before the January 30, 2014 deadline. A change to record retention was also part of the updated regulations scheduled for the January deadline, e.g. CDL drivers would no longer be required to carry a medical card and carriers will be required to retain copies of the driver’s MVR (showing the driver is medically qualified) rather than a copy of the medical certificate. These changes were based on the assumption that all state driver licensing agencies would be fully compliant with their new systems. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and FMCSA is amending its regulations to keep in effect until January 30, 2015, the requirement that CDL drivers must retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate when operating a commercial motor vehicle. Motor carriers are also required to retain copies of their drivers’ medical certificates in their driver qualification files through January 30, 2015. This action is being taken to ensure that the medical qualifications are documented adequately until all state driver licensing agencies are able to post: (1) the drivers’ self-certification; and (2) the medical examiner’s certificate information, on the Commercial Driver’s License Information System (CDLIS) driver record. This rule does not, however, extend the compliance dates for the state driver licensing agency to collect and to post to CDLIS a CDL driver’s self-certification and current medical examiner’s certificate. Also remember, beginning May 21, 2014, all drivers’ required medical examinations must be performed by examiners who have successfully completed the required training and testing and have been placed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. This requirement has NOT been delayed. For a current list of medical examiners see the following website; https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov/ NRPublicUI/home.seam
TruckPAC Recognition The trucking industry faces challenges on many levels. In such critical times, we need to maintain a firm and unified voice. Legislators face thousands of bills every year, and PMTA’s Political Action Committee and lobbyists make sure they understand how new laws affect our industry. You can help maintain and increase our political visibility and strengthen our positive force in forming policy. By donating to TruckPAC, you enable us to maintain our high profile and defeat, support and/or alter laws that have an impact on your businesses. To contribute to TruckPAC or for more information, contact PMTA at 717.761.7122.
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On the Cover Truck Parking Shortage Another Critical Issue in the Trucking Industry I
t’s a classic catch-22. The hours-of-service rules require drivers to stop and rest after eight hours of driving. Demand for safe truck parking spaces outstrips supply. Drivers are forced into the no-win situation of choosing between continuing to drive to find safe parking or parking on the shoulder, ramp or other location that puts them and other motorists at risk. Numerous studies on the adequacy of truck parking support the perception that safe parking areas for commercial vehicles are scarce. In the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2013 “Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry,” survey respondents put truck parking in the sixth position. It debuted on the survey for the first time in 2012 and climbed two spots in 2013. The new hours-of-service requirements and the changes to the 34-hour restart provisions most likely contribute to the increased demand for truck parking. ATRI said overall the issue is ranked first, second or third by 21% of survey respondents. When isolating the subset of respondents that are truck drivers, the issue ranks much higher (third) with 40% of driver respondents ranking it as the first, second or third most important issue. The two most important factors fueling concern over the shortage of truck parking revolve around fatigue management and how to remain in compliance with HOS regulations. ATRI researchers said this indicates that truck parking is viewed as a safety and compliance issue rather than an issue of convenience. It is not a new issue. The Federal Highway Administration has been tracking it since the mid1990s. When FHWA went to disburse $34 million worth of discretionary funds dedicated to the truck parking problem several years ago, it received $231 million worth of grant proposals. Four national studies conducted between 1996 and 2003 show truck parking shortages are a national problem affecting highway safety. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials developed the “Guide for Development of Rest Areas on Major Arterials and Freeways” that has helped states conduct their own
studies of truck parking or incorporate analysis of truck parking capacity into statewide planning efforts. Several of these efforts have collectively identified a demand for more than 25,000 spaces in 14 states. In California, 78% of respondents on Interstate 5 have encountered truck stops that were too full. In Maryland, 270 trucks were parked at 34 locations where signs prohibited parking. There are approximately 3,600 truck parking spaces along New York state corridors, and nearly 80% of these are provided by privately owned truck stops. More than half of New York state rest areas experience truck parking shortages on any given night, and many experience demand far in excess of capacity with trucks parking on ramp shoulders and in car parking spaces. Miami-Dade County in Florida provides 293 parking spaces but has a demand for 12,000 spaces requiring 1,177 acres of property. Truck parking data are not collected nationwide, but the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance obtained information from several state law enforcement agencies to provide anecdotal evidence of the truck parking problem. The table at the end of this article summarizes the HOS violations, the truck parking violations, and the percentage of illegally parked truck drivers who report to the enforcement officer that they cannot find a parking space and are out of HOS. Section 1305 of SAFETEA-LU established a pilot program to address the lack of parking for commercial motor vehicles on the national highway system. More than $30 million was made available from 2005 through 2012 for this program. Most projects funded through this program involve technology to detect and inform truck drivers of parking space availability, making better use of existing capacity, and some projects supporting construction of additional parking spaces. That program wasn’t continued under MAP-21, and the discretionary program was converted to the core federal-aid highway program, so there is more funding available for projects. Sponsors must now advance their projects like other federal-aid eligible projects.
The University of Minnesota is leading a project testing a truck parking availability system aimed at using technology. Using a network of cameras tied by wireless networks into a central database, the system accurately detects available parking spaces 97% of the time and conveys that information to drivers through three different portals: via a website on the internet, a smart phone app, and what’s called variable message signage in two locations, one places 20 to 30 minutes away from the rest stop and another placed 2 miles from it. The system was installed at three Minnesota Department of Transportation rest areas and one private truck stop on Interstate 94 west and northwest of the Twin Cities. The I-94 corridor – critical to the movement of goods in Minnesota and an important connection between trade centers on the West Coast and multiple marketplaces in the Midwest – experiences a large volume of traffic. Researchers are evaluating the technology now and expect to issue a report by the end of this year. ATRI, a partner on this project, said by providing information about the availability of parking spaces at
each stop, this system will help drivers determine if it is safe to continue to the next rest area or if they should stop at their current location. The ability to determine when and where to stop within HOS requirements could help drivers and carriers make better overall trip and operations decisions. NATSO represents about 1,300 private truck stops and travel centers nationwide. Seventy-eight percent are within one mile or less of the interstate highway system, and most provide parking at no cost. NATSO’s Lisa Mullings said several factors affect the truck parking supply: zoning approval, commodity pricing of freight and fuel, bigger trucks, driver recruitment and retention, existence of commercial rest areas, and the comforts of home in the truck cab. She said a reservation system could spark more private-sector investment, but that discussion is still in the early stages. When conducting the top issues survey, ATRI proposed strategies and asked respondents to rank them. The overwhelmingly favorite strategy is to support and encourage investment in new truck parking facilities and PENNTRUX 15
work to reopen closed public rest facilities. The most straightforward solution to a truck parking shortage is to invest in new facilities and reopen those that were shuttered during the recession due to budget cutbacks. Many in the industry believe that state and local officials must be educated on the importance of building new truck parking facilities. One of the most tragic and high-profile examples of the safety consequences of inadequate truck parking is the murder of truck driver Jason Rivenburg in 2009 while he was parked in an abandoned gas station as he waited to make a delivery the next morning. After this devastating crime, Jason’s Law was drafted and finally passed in late 2012 in the Transportation Reauthorization Bill. The law provides more than $6 million in federal funding toward the construction and restoration of safe roadside parking lots where truck drivers can rest. The trucker rest stations would be placed along popular highways. This funding would allow defunct parking options to reopen, as well as create new, safe options within the coming months.
Jason’s Law projects include: • New dedicated parking areas for commercial truck drivers. • Opening existing facilities to CMV parking. • Parking for CMVs adjacent to truck stops and plazas. • Capital improvements to public CMV facilities which are currently closed on a seasonal basis so that they can operate year-round. • Better access to existing parking facilities. Another proposed strategy, ranked third by respondents in the ATRI survey, is to research the role and value of real-time truck parking information availability and truck parking reservation systems. Providing drivers with better information on the availability of truck parking is one way that drivers could avoid a dangerous parking situation. Recent advances in technology may make real-time parking information readily available to drivers. ATRI is working on multiple demonstration projects to develop and field test real-time truck parking availability notification systems.
2011 Commercial Motor Vehicle Violations in Selected States State
Truck Parking Violations
Illegally Parked Drivers Who Cannot Find a Parking Space and Are Out of HOS
PMTA 2014 Seminar Schedule Recognition of Substance Abuse Training for Supervisors – Presented by PMTA Seminar will include discussion and videos to help in determining reasonable suspicion of alcohol misuse and/or use of controlled substances by employees. The training meets the federal requirements of Part 382.603 – 3 HOURS
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm $110 – member $205 – non-member
Hours-of-Service Oil and Gas – Presented by PMTA The hours-of-service compliance seminar will cover the current hours-of-service regulations and the exemptions associated with those carriers involved in servicing the natural gas industry. Training will include practical application projects for auditing a driver’s record of duty status.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Williamsport, PA: Specific location TBA $165 – member $250 – non-member
Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection & Out-of-Service Awareness Training – Presented by PMTA This class will give an overview of road-side inspection procedures as conducted by enforcement officers and discuss common violations discovered. Brake system requirements and out-of-service criteria will also be presented. Target audience is safety personnel, equipment managers and mechanics.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 or Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm $110 – member $205 – non-member DOT Compliance Seminars – Presented by PMTA
Attending this class will better prepare you for compliance to CSA. The seminar will include discussion and overview of state and federal laws and regulations governing the motor carrier industry and commercial motor vehicles e.g. driver qualifications files, commercial driver licenses, hours of service, drug and alcohol tests, etc. Each attendee will also receive the management edition of the current FMCSR Handbook.
Tuesday, March 20, 2014 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $165 – member $250 – non-member
Hours-of-Service Compliance Seminar – Presented by PMTA Seminar will include review of 49 CFR, Part 395, related interpretations and exemptions, along with work projects on familiarization and auditing a driver’s Record of Duty Status (logbook) – 5 HOURS
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm $165 – member $250 – non-member
Motor Fleet Safety Basics/Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs – Presented by NATMI This is a comprehensive course on all aspects of fleet safety.
Tuesday – Saturday, April 1 - April 5, 2014 – 8:30 am – 5:00 pm $1625 – member $1800 – non-member Cargo Securement – Presented by PMTA Seminar will cover current federal and state regulations governing the securement of cargo. Additional emphasis will be provided on the specific requirements for securing heavy vehicles and equipment, common violations discovered during roadside inspections and the North American Standard Out-of-Service criteria.
Monday, April 7, 2014 – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm $110 – member $205 – non-member HAZMAT – Presented by PMTA
The unique, function specific format provides greater understanding and better retention of regulatory training. The seminar helps fulfill the 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H for both the initial and recurrent training requirements. CSA information is also included.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm $250 – member $350 – non-member
Motor Fleet Accident Investigation – Presented by PMTA Control costs through complete and thorough accident investigation. Develop skills in loss prevention, data collection and CSA Crash Basics Indicators with focuses on accident countermeasures and understanding FMCSA.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm $250 – member $350 – non-member
All seminars are presented at PMTA Headquarters, 910 Linda Lane, Camp Hill, PA 17011 unless otherwise noted. For any questions or REGISTRATION FORMS, call PMTA at 717.761.7122 or email Carol at email@example.com. Register online at www.pmta.org/seminar. Payments and cancellations are due seven days prior to class
President’s Prize Each year, PMTA’s president awards a special prize to the person who has excelled in sponsoring new members during the membership year (May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014). Recruiting new members for PMTA isn’t difficult. When you are talking to colleagues or clients, mention how you benefit from PMTA membership. PMTA member companies have a greater driver retention rate than non-member companies, a fact that is sure to resonate with any trucking company. On behalf of its members, PMTA communicates daily with the Pennsylvania State Police, DEP, Department of Revenue, PUC, FMCSA and many other agencies that affect your businesses. PMTA can help you stay current on the hot issues and can be your backup system for information on regulations, rules, taxes, drug tests, environmental regulations and much more. If you need more information on how PMTA can benefit a business, contact us at 717.761.7122. Current PMTA members are the best advocates for the association. Everyone in the trucking industry needs to be concerned about your business, the industry, the state and the nation. Join PMTA in the forefront in battling those who propose rules and fees and mandates that would cripple companies and the industry.
excluding meals, hotel and activity costs. Any employee from a PMTA member company may compete for the prize. Only paid-in-full memberships that have the sponsoring member’s name written in the space provided will be recognized. Sponsor’s names cannot be changed once they are submitted to state headquarters. The statistics are current as of January 13, 2014.
Sponsor Company Chapter Total Bill Burns
Kenworth of PA
Mainline Excavating, Inc
H.R. Ewell, Inc.
D.M. Fetrow, Inc.
Charles W. Shirk Trucking
Mark Laurusevage Great West Casualty Co.
Eastern Industries, Inc.
R.W. Sauder, Inc.
Hunter Keystone Peterbilt
The President’s Prize is based on a point system — three points for a new carrier member, two points for a new trade member and one point for a new associate member. The prize is a navy blue blazer with the PMTA keystone logo and two free registrations to PMTA’s Annual Management Conference,
Welcome New Members Welcome to the new members who have joined recently, and thank you to those who secured them. Any new member not listed with an individual sponsor was secured by State Headquarters or a PMTA chapter. All new members are from Pennsylvania unless otherwise noted.
Daniel Burkholder, Daniel S. Burkholder
Shawn Brown, Hunter Keystone Peterbilt
1034 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA, 18936 firstname.lastname@example.org, 267.654.0250 Trade member, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
1463 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA, 17601 email@example.com, 717.299.6630 Associate member, Lancaster Chapter Sponsored by Ken Kametz
Nathan Truchon, The Railroad Associates Corp. 4910 Simpson Ferry Road, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17050 firstname.lastname@example.org, 412.862.1626 Private carrier member, South Central Chapter
Chris Dieter, Laurel Run Inc. P.O. Box 126637, Harrisburg, PA, 17112 email@example.com, 717.571.5084 For hire carrier member, South Central Chapter
1075 Richmond Road, Fleetwood, PA, 19522 firstname.lastname@example.org, 484.824.5474 Private carrier member, Lehigh Valley Chapter
Tom Strohlein, Del-Val International Trucks
Noel Carr, Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. 336 Fairville Avenue, Harrisburg, PA, 17112 email@example.com, 866.268.1717 Associate member, South Central Chapter
Wanda Martin, Floyd Martin, LLC 1241 Precast Road, P.O. Box 15, East Earl, PA, 17519 firstname.lastname@example.org, 717.445.9594 For hire carrier member, Lancaster Chapter Sponsored by Jerry Sensenig
Chapter/PMTA Activities The Lancaster Chapter is hosting ladies’ night on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Lancaster County Convention Center/Lancaster Marriott, 25 S. Queen Street, Lancaster. Cost is $60 for dinner or $600 for a table of 10. Contact Kelly Hawthorne (contact information below) to register. The chapter has started a scholarship for employees and family members of employees of companies who are members of the chapter. It will award four $525 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Preference will be shown to those who intend to pursue trucking industry related studies. Applications will be accepted until March 28. For a copy of the scholarship program guidelines and an application, go to www.pmta.org, Lancaster Chapter tab, click on “More in this section,” then the “2014-2015 Scholarship Application” or contact Kelly Hawthorne, email@example.com, 610.488.1660. The Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter will award at
least 15 $1,000 scholarships to employees or family members of companies who are members of the chapter. Applications are welcomed form high school students in their senior year, existing scholarship fund participants, college students and those presently employed by member companies. Preference will be shown to those applicants who intend to pursue trucking industry related studies. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15. For a copy of the scholarship program guidelines and an application, go to www.pmta.org, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley tab, click on “More in this section,” then the 2014-2015 Scholarship Application, or contact Dave Spera, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215.620.8363.
this section,” then the 2014-2015 Ronald E. Workman Scholarship, or contact Dave Schafer, 717.577.7595, email@example.com.
The North Central Chapter’s annual safety dinner is Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Elred Township Volunteer Fire Company social hall, 5556 Warrensville Road, Montoursville. The meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $15 a person. Rick Mason, community relations director at PennDOT, and Mark Murwaski, transportation planner at Lycoming County Planning Commission, are guest speakers. For reservations, contact Michael Collins, 570.326.6555. Safety Management Council will meet on Thursday, Feb. 20, at PMTA headquarters in Camp Hill. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., and lunch follows. Contact Kevin Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 717.761.7122.
The PMTA Board of Director meetings for 2014 are March 13, June 26, Sept. 11 and Nov. 13.
Member of the Month Congratulations to Brian Becker, chosen as PMTA’s January Member of the Month. Brian is a member of the York/Adams Chapter, and we all applaud his efforts. You, too, can be eligible to become Member of the Month. Each month, any member who has recruited a new member will be entered into a drawing, and from that drawing a Member of the Month will be chosen and will receive special recognition in Penntrux and an award from PMTA.
The South Central Chapter plans a membership meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Registration opens at 11 a.m. and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Topics are healthcare reform, safety and workers’ compensation. Speakers are Matthew Smith from HDH Group, Kevin Stewart from PMTA and Karen Young of HR Resolutions talking about workers’ compensation management. Contact Karen Young, email@example.com, 717.652.5187. The York/Adams Chapter board of directors will meet on
Tuesday, Feb. 4. The chapter is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Ronald E. Workman Scholarships. It awards up to three scholarships between $500 and $2,000 per recipient to employees or family members of employees of companies who are members of the chapter. Preference will be shown to those who intend to pursue trucking industry related studies. Applications will be accepted until March 29. For a copy of the scholarship program guidelines and an application, go to www.pmta.org, York/Adams tab, click on “More in
PMTA member Aqua America in Springfield was part of the relief effort during the water emergency in West Virginia. After the Jan. 2 chemical leak into the Elk River in Charleston, W.Va., left more than 300,000 residents without water, Aqua America worked with the National Guard and American Water to send three 1,000 gallon trucks of potable water to West Virginia. Aqua America is a member of PMTA’s Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter. PENNTRUX 19
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