• June 27, 2022 11:12 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Commercial vehicle inspectors took 1,290 CMVs, or 14.1% of those inspected, out of service with critical brake-related violations on a special unannounced brake safety day operation conducted April 27, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced June 22.

    A total of 9,132 CMVs were inspected during the one-day inspection and enforcement initiative in the U.S. and Canada.

    In addition, 1,534 brake hose/tubing violations were recorded by inspectors.

    Vehicle maintenance is the key to safety on the highway.  It's a year-round thing not just when the inspection programs are announced.  Lloyd Hair will be presenting at our next Safety Management Council meeting in September.  Lloyd was Director of Maintenance at Keen Transport in Carlisle, PA for 50 years.



  • June 20, 2022 8:18 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    What a great turnout at Spooky Nook.  Great job.  Had a good time giving some industry updates mixed with a few war stories.  Great showcase of what PMTA is all about.

  • June 10, 2022 1:03 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    I had an opportunity to spend the day with one of our new members on June 8th.  We spent the day reviewing the Federal Regulations through our DOT Compliance training.  What a great group of people!  PMTA is happy to welcome Sherwin Williams to the association and we are lucky to have members like SW who are committed to safety!  Thanks for a great day Jon and crew.

  • June 07, 2022 11:02 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Brake Safety Week Is Aug. 21-27

     

    Greenbelt, Maryland (June 7, 2022) – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced Aug. 21-27 as the dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. Brake Safety Week is an annual commercial motor vehicle brake-safety inspection, enforcement and education initiative conducted by law enforcement jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct their usual North American Standard Level I and V Inspections and capture and report brake-related data to CVSA. The results will be released in the fall.


  • June 03, 2022 10:14 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Had a great visit at the Pitt Ohio facility in Pittsburgh yesterday.  Thanks to Pitt Ohio for hosting the event.  Presentations by Jim Maug (Pitt Ohio construction manager), Dave Stahl (Trans Edge), Hayden Cardiff (Idelic) and DJ Hoff and Lucas Renner (Locomation) were excellent and relavent to the current industry issues.  Another good day Doug!

  • June 02, 2022 6:55 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    This event is now closed.  We are over capacity and want to thank everyone who registered.  This is going to be a challenge but will be an awesome event.  Good luck to all competitors and see you at the Kalahari!

  • May 27, 2022 8:22 AM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Had a great time with all the attendees at Long Level last night.  How can you go wrong with such a great group and wonderful amenities.  I appreciate the support from our members and hope the content I spoke about was helpful.  Please everyone have a safe holiday weekend and we'll see you at the next event!

  • May 25, 2022 12:43 PM | John Rigney (Administrator)

    Even though gas prices are higher than ever it seems traffic volumes continue to grow.  There will be many amateur drivers out on the highways this weekend so, if you are working or traveling for leisure please be safe and drive defensively.  The other people can't help that they are bad drivers so don't make it worse by taking it personal.  Stay safe and enjoy your holiday weekend.

  • 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!


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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