CCJ Daily Dispatch, Dec. 17: More truck restrictions in Northeast due to winter storm

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Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020: 

New Jersey, New York add truck restrictions for winter storm
Due to Winter Storm Gail, which has dumped multiple feet of snow in some areas on Pennsylvania and New York, commercial vehicle restrictions are in place on a number of major highways in the region. Pennsylvania announced Tuesday a number of its highways would be restricted.

The commercial vehicle travel restriction in New Jersey applies to the length of the following highways in both directions:

  • I-78, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-80, from the Pennsylvania border to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-195, from I-295 to NJ Route 138
  • I-280, from I-80 to I-95 (New Jersey Turnpike)
  • I-287, from NJ Route 440 to the New York State border
  • I-295, from I-195 to the Scudders Falls Bridge (Pennsylvania border)
  • Route 440, from the Outerbridge Crossing to I-287

The restriction does not apply to the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway south of exit 105 or the Atlantic City Expressway.

The New Jersey commercial vehicle travel restriction applies to all tractor-trailers, except those listed in this Administrative Order, and empty straight CDL-weight trucks.

Finally, in New York, tandems and empty trailers are banned on the following roads:

  • I-84 full length (From Pennsylvania to Connecticut)
  • I-684 between I-84 and I-287
  • NY Route 17 between I-84 and I-81
  • I-87 (NYS Thruway) south of Exit 24 (I-90/I-87 Northway)
  • I-287 (Cross Westchester Expressway)
  • I-95 (New England Thruway)
  • Berkshire Spur

2021 Mid-America Trucking Show to be rescheduled
The 50th anniversary of the Mid-America Trucking Show, which was scheduled for March 25-27, will be rescheduled, show organizers announced Wednesday.

Dates being considered for the show are Sept. 16-18, 2021, or March 24-26, 2022.

Show organizers say a decision will be made by Feb. 15, 2021, on which dates will be most viable for exhibitors and attendees.

“We remain committed to providing timely and transparent communication to ensure that MATS 50th will continue to deliver the level of connection, discovery, and face-to-face value we have all come to expect from the trucking industry’s largest annual event,” MATS organizers said.

Schneider increasing driver pay in 2021
Schneider (CCJ Top 250, No. 7) will increase pay for its solo and team drivers, effective Jan. 24. Many Schneider drivers will earn up to an additional 4 cents per mile.

The latest pay increase is in addition to a number of changes the company made in 2020 to increase pay to drivers, including adding six paid holidays per year, adjusting truck speed from 63 to 65 mph, and implementing a Weekly Guarantee Pay program for inexperienced drivers.