Emergency Declaration Issued by USDOT in Advance of Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a Regional Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Irma for the States of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Emergency Declarations trigger the temporary suspension of certain Federal safety regulations for motor carriers and drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief, including direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services (such as electrical, sewer, water, and telecommunications) or essential supplies (such as food, water, medical supplies, and fuel).

An FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration continues to exist for Hurricane Harvey.  The Agency has created a special webpage – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/harvey – containing resources, links and information for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers. Additional content will be regularly added.

A second webpage – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/irma – has also been created containing resources, links and information for commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers. Additional content will be regularly added.

For a current list of regional and state-by-state Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions and Permits, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency.

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VT Anticipates road closure for April 2018

Attached please find the factsheet for the Bridge 51 project in Woodstock, VT. The truck detour route that VTrans will be signing is on the second page with the Route 4 closure located between Elm Street and High Street indicated with a red star. The full 21 day closure of Route 4 is anticipated to begin in mid-April and reopen in early to mid-May. There will also be lane closures before and after the full road closure with alternating one-way traffic. Trucks are able to use Route 4 during the lane closures, but I figure some drivers might chose to avoid that section of Route 4 altogether during construction.

We will begin distributing weekly construction updates closer to the start of the project and throughout construction which anyone is encouraged to join on the project website linked below. I will reach back out to you with exact dates for the lane closures and the full road closure.


Thank you for all your help! Route 4 is such a major route through Vermont we really wanted to get out ahead of this.

Click on this link to access the factsheet

VTBA Regional Emergency Declaration has been issued by FMCSA

By execution of this Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana as a result of Tropical Storm Harvey are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

This Emergency Declaration provides for regulator relief for commercial motor vehicle operations while providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting supplies, equipment and persons into or from the States of Texas and Louisiana or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services during the emergency resulting Tropical Storm Harvey in the States of Texas and Louisiana.

This declaration terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort.

This declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency or until 11:59 pm (ET), September 24, 2017, whichever is less.

Further updates to this declaration can be found on the FMCSA website www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Overview

On August 1, 2017, the FMCSA began accepting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) into its Crash Preventability Demonstration Program through DataQs.  Crashes eligible for the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program must have occured on or after June 1, 2017.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program is expected to last a minimum of 24 months.

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FMCSA’s safety programs use data from 3.5 million roadside inspections and 150,000 crashes each year to prioritize its enforcement resources on those motor carriers that pose the greatest safety risks on our Nation’s roads.

Studies show that crash involvement is a strong indicator of future crash risk.  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program allows FMCSA to gather data to examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of making crash preventability determinations on certain crash types.  FMCSA will use the information from the program to evaluate if these preventability determinations improve the Agency’s ability to identify the highest-risk motor carriers.

For more information on the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, please visit:

Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, is Brake Safety Day

cvsaan enforcement and compliance campaign where law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes, and brake-system and antilock braking system (ABS) violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Airbrake Program.

ATRI launches annual Top Industry Issues Survey, seeks carrier response

The American Transportation Research Institute is looking to hear from trucking industry stakeholders for its annual Top Industry Issues Survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations.

The survey asks industry stakeholders to rank their top trucking industry concerns, along with strategies for addressing each issue. ATRI gives survey respondents a list of 28 issues identified by the industry and asks for the respondent’s top three issues from the list. Some issues the group identified include: autonomous vehicles, diesel tech shortage, driver retention, driver shortage, economy, ELD mandate, food transportation safety, fuel economy standards for trucks, hours-of-service, infrastructure and more.

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NH DOT Projects



 The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the planned closing of the I-93 northbound to I-293 southbound ramp in Hooksett on Monday August 21, 2017 to allow for the rehabilitation of the bridge over I-293/I-93.   This ramp closure is anticipated to last for eight weeks.  A detour will be in place to encourage motorists to take Exit 10 for I-293 South.

This $3.36 million project has also included the resurfacing of 2.1 miles on NH 101 from Manchester to Auburn, on I-93 northbound to I-293 southbound, and the I-293 northbound to the I-93 southbound ramps in Hooksett.

Pike Industries, Inc. of Belmont, New Hampshire is the contractor for the project, which has an intermediate completion date of October 27, 2017.