• May 17, 2022 11:41 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    This amendment to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration addresses national emergency conditions that create a need for immediate transportation of essential supplies and provides necessary relief from the FMCSRs for motor carriers and drivers.  FMCSA has amended the Emergency Declaration 2020-002 as this is necessary to address particular fuel needs arising out of the ongoing emergency and to broaden the categories of fuel shipments covered.

    The  Emergency Declaration now includes the transportation of fuel including, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethyl alcohol, and heating fuel including propane, natural gas, and heating oil.

    A copy of the amendment can also be found at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/fmcsa-amendment-extension-modified-emergency-declaration-05-13-2022


  • May 06, 2022 3:14 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    International Roadcheck Is May 17-19 With a Focus on Wheel Ends

    Inspectors will be out in force.  Although wheel ends is the focus point, all systems will be examined.  Brake violations are historically the most common problems during roadside inspections.  Protect your CSA scores and be ready!


  • May 04, 2022 10:29 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) notice of intent to proceed with rulemaking to mandate speed limiters on most heavy-duty trucks is being published in the Federal Register Wednesday, May 4. The publication of what the agency is calling an advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking opens the comment period for 30 days.

  • May 02, 2022 3:36 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    FMCSA has been conducting new entrant audits and compliance reviews electronically due to the COVID constraints.  All of the data requested during one of these audits must be transferred to the auditor through the computer.  According to Transport Topics and other industry media this system of auditing has created an issue in that the number of conditional ratings has increased.  Inspectors have related that much of this is due to a few key items:  1.  Improper use of Personal Conveyance.  2.  Improper use of the COVID exemptions.  3.  Insufficient auditing of the records of duty status.  4.  Unassigned driving time generated by the system which has not been addressed properly by the motor carrier.  

    It is extremely important to have someone assigned to monitor the ELD system.  Even more important than the old paper log system.

  • April 11, 2022 7:54 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15) kicks off this year’s road construction season, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) wants to make sure everyone is taking extra care when driving in these areas, particularly when sharing the road with large trucks and buses.


  • March 30, 2022 11:13 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    April 4-11, 2022 / High Visibility Enforcement

    The U Drive. U Text. U Pay. A high visibility enforcement media campaign centers on aiding law enforcement officers in their efforts to keep texting and distracted drivers off the road. Distracted driving is a first offense in many States and continues to gain recognition across the nation as a deadly traffic safety epidemic. 

    Texting and other forms of messaging while driving are real dangers on America’s roads. While distracted driving can take many other forms, these texting behaviors have become some of the most pervasive forms of distracted driving. From April 4-11, 2022, law enforcement officers will be working together to enforce texting and distracted-driving laws.


  • March 30, 2022 9:37 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Had a great day with a group at PMTA Headquarters conducting a Mock Level I inspection.  Thanks to longtime member Keen Transport for providing the equipment to inspect.  We were all cool characters out there (the temp was hovering at a balmy 36 degrees).  Lots of good questions.  Thanks to all who participated.  PMTA has lots of good programs coming up.  Check out the calendar of events.  Hope to see you all at one or more of them. 

  • March 29, 2022 11:22 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Operation Safe Driver Week Is July 10-16 With Focus on Speeding

     

    Greenbelt, Maryland (March 29, 2022) – This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16. Law enforcement personnel in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be on roadways throughout that week issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, drunk or drugged driving, etc.


  • March 15, 2022 9:10 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)
    Spent time with Kenton Good, Paul Myers and Casey Bloom at Transtech yesterday.  What an impressive facility!  They provide state of the art instruction in all aspects of heavy vehicle maintenance.  This is definitely a career path for those who want to enter the workforce without the debt accrued by attending college.  If you enjoy working with your hands and your head this is the place to be.  Thanks to the team at Transtech for a great day!
  • March 11, 2022 12:15 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Had a great time with a good group of safety minded drivers and workers.  After surviving COVID the company was able to bring everyone together for their annual safety day.  The speakers all had good messages and the breakfast was awesome.  PMTA is proud to have Gleim as a member company and we are happy we are able to support their safety values. 

John's Safety Minute

My name is John Rigney and I am a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper. I retired in July of 2011 as a Sergeant in charge of Staff Services at Troop J, Lancaster. While there I received extensive training in emergency response with PEMA and FEMA. I was heavily involved in Motor Carrier safety and was certified by PADOT and FMCSA as an instructor for the roadside inspection processes. I hold a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Forest Products from the Pennsylvania State University. I also hold a Certified Safety Supervisor accreditation from the National Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) which is administered by the University of Central Florida. 

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