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Maine Line Newsletter- 47th Special Edition July 1, 2020
Topics include:
Pandemic’s Cleaner Air Could Reshape What We Know About the Atmosphere
Despite Traffic Decrease, Coronavirus Lockdowns Did Not Reduce Air Pollution Levels As Expected
Live Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Webinar Scheduled
Additional TIA Basic Commercial Tire Service Seminar Scheduled
MMTA Conference Room Chairs Up For Grabs
US, Mexico set for new post-NAFTA trade era

Maine Line Newsletter- 46th Special Edition June 25, 2020
Topics include:
NY, NJ & CT Impose Quarantine Restrictions On Travelers
Truck drivers hope for continued efficiency post-COVID-19
New Research Documents the Scale of Nuclear Verdicts in Trucking
Carriers Face August Deadline to Identify Specific Chinese Tech

Maine Line Newsletter- 45th Special Edition June 19, 2020
Topics include:
New Portland TWIC/HAZMAT Enrollment Center Announced
Truckers fear for small companies as lawmakers weigh mandatory insurance hike
House Panel Advances Multiyear Highway Bill

Maine Line Newsletter- June Edition, June 18, 2020
Topics include:
REMINDER – MMTA Has Resumed Training Schedule
MMTA Drivers of the Month
Unified Carrier Registry – UCR Database Issue
Driver Shortage Likely to Return as Economy Recovers, ATA Economist Says
ATRI Issues Call for Motor Carriers to Participate in Annual Operational Costs Data Collection
Perspective: Federal Excise Tax Relief Can Aid Recovery
Commentary: How new HOS rules can help truckers improve safety
FMCSA yet to receive evidence of broker transparency law violations
Marijuana Use Top Finding in First Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Report
New Jersey Turnpike announces rate hike to fund $24 billion construction project

Maine Line Newsletter- 44th Special Edition June 15, 2020
Topics include:
Extension and Modification of Expanded Emergency Declaration No. 2020-002 Under 49 CFR § 390.25
FMCSA: Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 National Emergency – For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
US-Canada Truck Border Crossings Rebound

Maine Line Newsletter Special Climate Edition June 2020
Topics include:
Transportation Working Group of Maine Climate Council Update
Plugging In: Electric Trucks in the Northeast

Maine Line Newsletter 43rd Special Edition June 9, 2020
Topics include:
BREAKING – TSA to Replace Portland Enrollment Center
FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to July 14, 2020
ATA’s Randy Guillot Touts Infrastructure Funding to Alleviate COVID-19 Impact
Limited Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to Permit the Operation of Intermodal Equipment with Expired Annual Inspection Decals
MMTA Still Has Cloth Face Coverings

Maine Line Newsletter 42nd Special Edition June 8, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA Announces Three-Month Waiver – Extends Part 382.301(b)
TMC Survey Shows COVID-19 Impacts on Maintenance Operations
Portland TWIC/HAZMAT Enrollment Center to Permanently Close
Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament RESCHEDULED

Maine Line Newsletter- 41st Special Edition June 5, 2020
Topics include:
ATA Offers Driver Recommendations in Protest Areas
Truck Driver Safety a Top Priority Amid Nationwide Protests
Plugging In: Electric Trucks in the Northeast

Maine Line Newsletter- 40th Special Edition June 1, 2020(Corrected)
Topics include:
Hours-of-Service Changes to be Effective September 29, 2020
OSHA Revised Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Illnesses
MMTA Still Has Cloth Face Coverings
MMTA Members Asked to Help Maine Kids in the Fight Against Hunger
Do You Use ZOOM? Update is Needed

Maine Line Newsletter- 39th Special Edition May 27, 2020
Topics include:
BREAKING: Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles Announces Re-Opening
FMCSA to Immediately Expand Remote Carrier Compliance Reviews During Pandemic
COVID-19: Trucking Lessons Learned
MMTA Receives Cloth Face Coverings
Oklahoma To Test Marijuana Breathalyzer In DPS Pilot Program
ATA Study Shows Company Drivers’ Average Pay Increased by $6,000 Between 2017-2019
Do You Use ZOOM? Update is Needed

Maine Line Newsletter- 38th Special Edition May 21, 2020
Topics include:
MMTA Receives Cloth Face Coverings
Border Crossing COVID Testing
Do You Use ZOOM? Update is Needed
Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region

Maine Line Newsletter- May Edition, May 20, 2020
Topics include:
MMTA Resumes Seminar Schedule for June
Premium Holiday from Northeast Delta Dental
Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament RESCHEDULED
April Tonnage Down 11.3% Year-Over-Year
How Fleets Can Mitigate Impact of Coronavirus
News from Previous MMTA E-Newsletters That is Still Relevant
PPP Forgiveness Guidelines and Application are Now Available
Irving Truck Stops Continue Free Breakfast and Coffee to Professional Truck Drivers

Maine Line Newsletter- 37th Special Edition May 14, 2020
Topics include:
BREAKING – HOS Notice of Public Rulemaking
FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to June 14, 2020

Maine Line Newsletter- 36th Special Edition May 12, 2020
Topics include:
The Road to a Responsible and Quick Recovery is Now Before Us
Disposable Surgical Masks Still Available Through MMTA
CDC Issues Long-haul Trucker COVID-19 Guidelines
ATRI Board Approves 2020 Top Research Priorities

Maine Line Newsletter- 35th Special Edition May 8, 2020
Topics include:
Governor Mills Introduces Rural Reopening Plan
Maine Only Fuel Decals

Maine Line Newsletter 34th Special Edition May 4, 2020
Topics include:
Maine DOT Facing Big Revenues Drop From Coronavirus Health Crisis
States Projecting Big Budget Cuts Due To COVID-19
Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament RESCHEDULED
REMINDER: MMTA Board/Membership Meeting – May 8 @ 7:30am
FMCSA Adopts Crash Accountability Program

Maine Line Newsletter-33rd Special Edition May 1, 2020
Topics include:
TIME SENSITIVE: Another Way to Communicate Business Concerns to Governor Mills
DOT Secretary Chao Offers Thank-You to Truckers
Disposable Surgical Masks Available Through MMTA

Maine Line Newsletter- 32nd Special Edition April 30, 2020
Topics include:
MMTA Workers’ Comp. Trust Members To Deliver Their Own $1.43 MILLION Financial Stimulus
Online Survey to Gather Data on Coronavirus Economic Impacts
Disposable Surgical Masks Available Through MMTA
Maine BMV Plans Gradual Reopening

Maine Line Newsletter- 31st Special Edition April 28, 2020
Topics include:
Governor Mills Announces Gradual Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy
Congress Asked to Suspend 12% FET Temporarily
FMCSA Proposes to Plug ‘Information Gap’ in Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule
FMCSA PIN Consolidation Starts Today

Maine Line Newsletter- 30th Special Edition April 22, 2020
Topics include:
Maine Driver Ron Round Featured on Tucker Carlson Show
New Data Show COVID-19 Impacts on the Trucking Industry
With Truckers, Trump Pushes Big Infrastructure Funding
Best Practices to Keep COVID-19 at Bay in Maintenance Shops
Several States Clarify, Extend COVID-19 Truck-Weight Waivers

Maine Line Newsletter- April Edition, April 20, 2020
Topics include:
Message from MMTA
Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament (?)
John W. Austin Scholarship Deadline Nears
REMINDER: MMTA Board/Membership Meeting – May 8 @ 7:30am
Why Can’t We Build Infrastructure Cheaply, Quickly and Well?
CT Governor Mandates Face Coverings – More States to Follow?
MMTA PPE Resources Page Updated
Irving Truck Stops Expand Locations offering Free Breakfast and Coffee to Professional Truck Drivers

Maine Line Newsletter- 29th Special Edition April 16, 2020
Topics include:
President Trump Delivers Remarks Celebrating America’s Truckers

Maine Line Newsletter- 28th Special Edition April 16, 2020
Topics include:
Public Health Agency of Canada Issues Non-Medical Mask Policy for All Essential Workers Crossing the Border
PPE Update – New Resources Available
Federal Regulators Exempt Expired TWIC Cards Through July 31
Trucking Industry Leaders Named to White House Economic Revival Group

Maine Line Newsletter- 27th Special Edition April 13, 2020
Topics include:
Drug & Alcohol 2Q Selections
FMCSA Publishes Drug & Alcohol Guidance (reprinted)
FMCSA Updates FAQ’s on CDL’s
MMTA Formally Requests Maine BMV to Open Segment of their Operation

Maine Line Newsletter- 26th Special Edition April 10, 2020
Topics include:
UPDATED: State of Utah Requires Travel Declaration Form

Maine Line Newsletter- 25th Special Edition April 10, 2020
Topics include:
MMTA Board/Membership Meeting – May 8 @ 7:30am
State of Utah Requires Travel Declaration Form
Further Update on MMTA PPE Request

Maine Line Newsletter- 24th Special Edition April 9, 2020

Topics include:
FMCSA Extends and Expands Emergency Declaration
MMTA PPE Order Update
Carriers Report Sinking Load Volumes as Panic-Buying Subsides
Paycheck Protection Program Loans – Frequently Asked Questions
Trump Touts Infrastructure Plan as Congress Eyes Expanded Aid

Maine Line Newsletter- 23rd Special Edition April 7, 2020
Topics include:
Maine Truck Driving Championships and PTSC Indefinitely Postponed
FMCSA Establishes Help Lines for Portal and Clearinghouse Assistance 
ATA Cancels 2020 National Truck Driving Championships
Lodging and Accommodation Restrictions
Impacts of COVID-19 on Maintenance Operations of Fleets and Service Providers
Federal Highway Administration Issues Notice Allowing for States to Permit the use of Food Trucks in Rest Areas to Serve Commercial Truck Drivers

Maine Line Newsletter- 22nd Special Edition April 3, 2020
Topics include:
SBA Assistance
PHMSA Offers Sanitizer Relief 
Select Irving Locations Offering Free Breakfast to Professional Drivers
HAZMAT Endorsement Relief

Maine Line Newsletter- 21st Special Edition April 2, 2020
Topics include:
PPE Supply Order for Truckers
Hilton Garden Inn (Freeport) Offering Discounted Rate for Truckers
ConvenientMD Offers Virtual Urgent Care
Workplace Health – Augusta and Waterville
Meritor Suspends Activity as Other Suppliers Take Corrective Actions Amid COVID-19
Franchise Restaurants Work Together to Feed Truckers

Maine Line Newsletter- 20th Special Edition April 1, 2020
Topics include:
GOVERNOR MILLS ISSUES STAY HEALTHY STAY HOME ORDER
MMTA (Virtual) Call on Washington
NATSO Provides State Chart for Restrictions Impacting Truck Stops
Disaster Loan Assistance – SBA

Maine Line Newsletter- 19th Special Edition March 31, 2020
Topics include:
Trucking Compliance Considerations – When the Emergency Ends But the Demand for Delivery Continues
Facilities Update From Maine Turnpike Authority
LAST CALL – PPE for the Trucking Industry

Maine Line Newsletter-18th Special Edition March 30, 2020
Topics include:
Size & Weight Information by State
FMCSA: Three-Month Waiver in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency – For States and CLP Holders Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
Portland TWIC Enrollment Center Hours Change
Maine State Police Extend Grace Period for Inspections
HAZMAT Guidance
PHMSA Assistance to the Public During COVID-19
REMINDER – PPE for the Trucking Industry

Maine Line Newsletter-17th Special Edition March 27, 2020
Topics include:
PPE for the Trucking Industry

Maine Line Newsletter-16th Special Edition March 27, 202020
Topics include:
Maine BMV Offers Further Guidance on Registrations for Private Sales
Registration Questions Answered
TMC Offers Cab Cleaning Protocols
US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide

Maine Line Newsletter-15th Special Edition March 27, 2020
Topics include:
CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
TSA Offers Guidance on HME’s and TWIC’s
Required Posting for COVID-19 Leave
Truck drivers share concerns during COVID-19 pandemic

Maine Line Newsletter-14th Special Edition March 26, 2020
Topics include:
Maine State Police – Enforcement Message from Troop K
Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration Part 2
FMCSA Reorganizes Online Listing of COVID19 Declarations and Actions
Step by step: What you can do if you suspect COVID-19 symptoms on the road
REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extended
CVSA Postpones International Roadcheck

Maine Line Newsletter-13th Special Edition March 25, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA DRUG AND ALCOHOL CLEARINGHOUSE – PORTAL RELATED ISSUES CALL CENTER
Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act
FMCSA EMERGENCY DECLARATION
New Research Designed to Quantify Trucking Impacts from COVID-19
Canada Introduces Potential Supply Chain Flexibility During Fight Against COVID-19

Maine Line Newsletter-12th Special Edition March 25, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA Publishes Drug & Alcohol Guidance
Template for Drivers to Carry
TODAY Show Highlights Trucking’s Critical Role (click on video)
Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Amazon Look to Protect Customers, Employees
Aroostook County Members – Offer to Help Truck Drivers
Update on MMTA Office & Staffing
National Fraternal Order of Police urge governments to not impede trucks in COVID-19 response

Maine Line Newsletter- 11th Special Edition March 24, 2020
Topics include:
Governor Mills Orders Non-Essential Businesses to Close

Maine Line Newsletter- 10th Special Edition March 24, 2020
Topics include:
Maine BMV Authorizes Loads to be Carried on Temp Registrations
Registration Questions Answered
Consistent Definition of “Essential”
Maine Turnpike Travel Plaza Update
Interactive Webinar: Protect your Cash and Explore Government Financing Opportunities
Tips for the trucking industry to stay healthy and safe

Maine Line Newsletter- 9th Special Edition March 24, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA Issues Waiver For States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating Commercial Motor Vehicles
PHMSA Posts Notice of Enforcement Policy Regarding Training Requirements
More States Issue Closure Orders
Crestline Hotels Offering Driver Discounts

Maine Line Newsletter- 8th Special Edition March 23, 2020
Topics include:
DOT Guidance on Compliance with Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations
MMTA Offers Page for Supply Chain Vendors

Maine Line Newsletter- 7th Special Edition March 23, 2020
Topics include:
MMTA Asks Governor Mills for Clarity… Again
MMTA Offers Page for Supply Chain Vendors
Ohio and Delaware Enact Stay At Home Order
Bangor Closes Non-Essential Businesses
Trucking Companies Increase Hiring to Bolster Supply Chain

Maine Line Newsletter – 6th Special Edition March 22, 2020
Topics include:
ATA Offers COVID-19 Update Hub
FMCSA Gives Guidance to State Drivers Licensing Agencies
FMCSA Releases Notice Of Enforcement Discretion Determination
TSA Releases General Information Regarding Enrollment Services
UrgentCareTravel To Offer Coronavirus Evaluations Via Video

Maine Line Newsletter – 5th Special Edition March 21, 2020
Topics include:
CT, IL & NV ADDED TO STATES CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

Maine Line Newsletter- 4nd Special Edition March 20, 2020
Topics include:
UPDATES ON WHAT WE KNOW… 3/20/20
STATES CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
DEFINITION OF “ESSENTIAL”
Frequently Asked Questions Related to the FMCSA Emergency Declaration

Maine Line Newsletter- 3rd Special Edition March 19, 2020
Topics include:
REST AREAS FOR TRUCKERS IN MAINE
Clinic Closures
MMTA BOARD & MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS RESCHEDULED

Maine Line Newsletter- 2nd Special Edition March 18, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA Expands Emergency Declaration
Governor Mills Takes Further Steps to Respond to COVID-19, Protect Health and Safety of Maine People
Questions Remain on Key CDL Issues in Maine
ATA Letter to President Trump – Trucking Considerations for Further Restrictions

Maine Line Newsletter- Special Edition March 17, 2020
Topics include:
Maine BMV – IRP & IFTA
Canada to Close Border Except for US Citizens, Commerce
PA Temporarily Closes State Rest Stops
Coronavirus and Workers’ Compensation
CURFEWS, QUARANTINES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS?

Maine Line Newsletter- March 16, 2020
Topics include:
FMCSA SUSPENDS HOS REGS FOR EMERGENCY RELIEF RELATED TO COVID-19 (ATA)
CURFEWS, QUARANTINES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS?
Caronavirus Response – #ThankaTrucker
JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH DRIVERS OF THE MONTH ANNOUNCED
Posted Roads – Mud Season in Maine!
MMTA Safety Management Council
TRUCK PAC GOLF TOURNAMENT
In defense of truckers? FMCSA interim boss Jim Mullen says he’s committed to hours of service reforms
Drivers who fail a drug test could go months before getting noticed in FMCSA database
Roadside Examination of Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Status
Roadcheck inspection blitz set for early May