Quebec Thaw to start on April 23 for Zone 3 Zone 2 ends on May 18

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2018 thaw will start in Québec on April 23rd for the zone 3.

Please note that the date for the end of thaw period in Zone 2 has been changed. The thaw period for the zone 2 will end on May 18th.

During this period, authorized load limits are reduced because the road network load bearing capacity is weakened. Restrictions vary between 8% and 20% according to the vehicle’s type of axles and configuration. For more information, please consult the “Thaw Period – Official dates” page in the “Trucking” section of the of the Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports web site.

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We would appreciate if you could forward this information to your members, partners and staff.

Stay informed. If not already done, indicate your subjects of interest so you can get an up to date information about trucking industry in Quebec provided in the bulletin Info Camionnage.

 

Thank you for your collaboration and best regards,

 

Dave Henry
Direction générale de la sécurité et du camionnage

Ministère des Transports, de la Mobilité durable et de l’Électrification des transports
dave.henry@transports.gouv.qc.ca

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Enforcement Personnel on the Lookout for Unsafe Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Drivers During Operation Safe Driver Week, July 15-21

April 9, 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21, 2018. Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers as we work toward zero deaths on our roadways. Read More

International Roadcheck Set for June 5-7 with Focus on Hours-of-Service Compliance

March 20, 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 5-7, 2018. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year’s focus is on hours-of-service compliance.

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PAVING WORK AT THE CANTERBURY NH REST AREA ON I-93 TEMPORARY FACILITY CLOSURE FOR SEVERAL HOURS ON APRIL 23

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces paving work at the Canterbury Rest Area off of Interstate 93 northbound is planned for Monday, April 23, 2018, weather permitting.  Access to the Canterbury Rest Area will be prohibited for several hours from midday into the evening hours.

This work is part of a project consists of pavement rehabilitation, guardrail replacement, slope drainage replacement, pavement rehabilitation at the Canterbury rest area, and widening/reconfiguration of a portion of the Exit 23 northbound off ramp.

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I-91 Vermont SB Detour

I-91 SB is now closed from Exit 18 (Barnet) to Exit 17 (Newbury). Traffic is detoured via Bismon Drive, US Route 5 and 302. The closure is planned to last for a 3-week period. We will continue to send update emails regarding completed and planned construction activities throughout the closure period. Contact Jacqueline Dagesse at jdagesse@eivtech.com. 

TWO NIGHT CLOSURE OF I-93 SOUTHBOUND RAMP TO I-89 NH

DETOUR TO EXIT 12S IN CONCORD OVERNIGHT ON 4/22 AND 4/23

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the planned two night closure of the I-93 southbound ramp to I-89 northbound for nighttime work on Sunday, April 22 and Monday, April 23, 2018.  The ramp will be closed to traffic from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am each night. 

This work will improve the drainage along the ramp on Sunday night (4/22).  Monday night’s closure will be to repair the pavement areas impacted by the drainage improvements. 

During the two night ramp closure, motorists on I-93 southbound traffic seeking to access I-89 northbound will use Exit 12S on I-93 and follow the detour signs on Route 3A south to Bow junction to I-89 northbound.  The detour is approximately one mile in length. 

This project involves pavement preservation on I-89, beginning at the intersection of NH Route 3A in Bow and continuing north 8.2 miles to Exit 5 in Hopkinton.  Pike Industries Inc. is the prime contractor of the $4.1 million dollar contract that has a final completion date of July 13, 2018.

 

FMCSA grants rest exemption for fuel haulers

Under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for twelve hours a day without triggering the rest break requirement.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted an exemption from the 30-minute rest break requirement for trucks hauling petroleum products. Under certain conditions, fuel trucks can operate for twelve hours a day without triggering the rest break requirement, according to Monday’s announcement.

With this exemption, FMCSA recognized that “these drivers receive several short ‘breaks’ each day when they unload…at service stations.” 

  1. This exemption is limited to motor carriers and drivers engaged in the transportation of the following petroleum products: U.N. 1170— Ethanol, U.N. 1202—Diesel Fuel, U.N. 1203—Gasoline, U.N. 1863—Fuel, aviation, turbine engine, U.N. 1993— Flammable liquids, n.o.s. (gasoline), U.N. 3475—Ethanol and gasoline mixture, Ethanol and motor spirit mixture, or Ethanol and petrol mixture, and N.A. 1993—Diesel Fuel or Fuel Oil.

 

VTBA Master Truck Driver

Dear VTBA Member:

Do you have an exceptional driver that you would like to recognize?

The Master Truck Driver Certification program is a prestigious program that is intended to recognize those drivers in your employment who have achieved a high level of professionalism through the safe operation of motor vehicles and who you believe have exemplified the ideals of the Vermont Truck & Bus Association and American trucking industry during their career.

Please take this opportunity to recognize your drivers who have achieved an exceptional safety record during their career (usually more than ten years). The total required miles or hours of driving time may be at your company and/or with a previous employer.  Filling out a nomination form to recognize a driver who has served your company with distinction is the single act on your part that helps boost personal and company esteem, and also promotes our industry.

Each driver who is awarded this certification will receive a dignified plaque, a specially designed jacket and shirt from VTBA. The presentations will be made in a special ceremony this fall at a time and location yet to be determined. In the past, we have invited the Governor to present the plaques to the drivers. In addition, VTBA publicly recognizes the drivers in our newsletters, on the cover of our VTBA Annual Directory and website.

A nomination form is enclosed for your use, and there is no limit to how many of your drivers you can nominate. Nomination forms will be reviewed by a committee of experienced trucking industry representatives who are members of the VTBA.

Please take a few moments to recognize those drivers to whom you feel are deserving of this prestigious certification. If you have any questions about the program or the criteria for application, please do not hesitate to call me at (802) 228-3112. Additional nomination forms are available upon request. The deadline is AUGUST 1st.

Please see attached form for additional details.

2018 VTBA Nomination form with cover letter

Route 4 Woodstock PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

To: Trucking community

From: Vermont Truck & Bus Association

Re: U.S. Route 4, Vermont Statutory Restriction

Priority: High

 

The generally permitted length of vehicles with trailers in the State of Vermont is up to 75 feet in length.

It has come to the attention of the Vermont Truck & Bus Association, through members who have been ticketed, that the following restriction is in effect and being enforced:

Title 23, VSA, § 1432. Length of vehicles

 (c) Operation on U.S. Route 4. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, vehicles with a trailer or semitrailer which are longer than 68 feet but not longer than 75 feet may be operated with a single or multiple trip overlength permit issued at no cost by the Department of Motor Vehicles or, for a fee, by an entity authorized in subsection 1400(d) of this title on U.S. Route 4 from the New Hampshire state line to the junction of VT Route 100 south, provided the distance from the kingpin of the semitrailer to the center of the rearmost axle group is not greater than 41 feet.

 

The Town of Woodstock, Vermont, is particularly strict in enforcing this permit, even though your truck and trailer would be legal without a permit anywhere else in Vermont.

 

FAILURE TO OBTAIN THIS FREE PERMIT MAY RESULT IN A FINE OF $300.00 FOR A FIRST OFFENSE, $600.00 FOR A SECOND OFFENSE WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, AND $800.00 FOR A THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE WITHIN A TWO-YEAR PERIOD.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PERMIT:  (802)828-2064

http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/OSD-01-Excess_Length_App.pdf

 

VTBA Regional Emergency Declaration

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 from the Affected States and jurisdictions.

Please keep a copy of this Declaration in the cab of your truck.

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