VTBA Spring Legislative Luncheon – Quarterly Meeting

On March 15, 2017 (Wednesday) – Vermont Truck & Bus Association will be holding its quarterly meeting at the Steak House, 1239 US Route 302, Barre, VT, at 10:00. The Board Meeting will be held from 10:00 am to Noon, followed by a Legislative Luncheon from Noon to 1:30. Commissioner Robert Ide and Director Elovirta have been invited to speak about OS/OW permits and current rules on movements during inclement weather. Bill Smith will facilitate the discussion. We have also asked Ture Nelson, FMCSA for an update on new rules.
Please consider attending this meeting, we would like a good turnout so that the legislators will see we have a strong interest in what happens to our industry in Montpelier. We would appreciate it if you could respond if you can make the meeting. Coffee and pastries/donuts will be served along with a buffet lunch following the meeting. Indicate if you are able to stay for lunch so that we may provide accurate numbers for the restaurant.

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Rehabilitation of Walpole, NH – Westminster, VT Bridge NH Route 123 Crossing the Connecticut River

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation announces the rehabilitation of the Walpole NH – Westminster, VT Bridge over the Connecticut River will require single lane traffic control by traffic signals.

The work impacting the traveling public will begin April 1, 2017. Motorists should expect traffic signals at the intersection of NH Route 12 and NH Route 123, and at the Vermont approach to the bridge, which will allow a single lane of alternating traffic across the bridge. Drivers approaching the bridge should anticipate slowed or stopped vehicles.

This rehabilitation project includes removing and reconstructing bridge expansion joints, stripping pavement, and repairs to the bridge’s deck and piers.

Cold River Bridges, LLC of Walpole, New Hampshire is the contractor for the $811,756 project, which has a completion date of August 11, 2017.

Contacts:
Rick Oberst, Construction Bureau, 603-903-9465
Bill Boynton, NHDOT Public Information Office, 603-271-6495

Cyber threats and cargo theft: Is your fleet at risk?

Feb 23, 2017 Cristina Commendatore | Fleet Owner

Consider this: You’re a legitimate carrier and you’re scheduled to pick up a load. But, because of a recent cyber breach – unbeknownst to you – cargo thieves beat you to the pickup location and take off with that load.

This is known as a fictitious pickup. And the frauds involved here have done their research. They’ve learned who picks up where, where the best cargo is, and how to conduct a cyber breach, which could mean manipulating your SAFER MCS-150 form (the FMCSA’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System) and posing as you, a professional carrier.

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FMCSA clarifies ELD mandate’s ‘grandfather’ clause and potential issues with non-compliant ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week issued new guidance on the use of older logging devices that, while lacking compliance with the agency’s electronic logging device stipulations, afford carriers two extra years — until December 2019 — to fully comply with the ELD mandate.

The agency also published last week clarification for carriers whose devices turn out to be non-compliant after they’re in use.

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