Special Edition V.38 (May 2020)
MMTA Receives Cloth Face Coverings
May 21, 2020

The Maine Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with FEMA, has provided the Maine trucking industry with 20,000 FREE cloth face coverings for distribution to companies and drivers. The masks are made by Hanes and, according to MEMA, are washable up to 50 times. MaineDOT delivered the masks yesterday and they are now ready for pickup/delivery.

In an effort to distribute the masks in an orderly fashion, we are asking members to fill out an online form found HERE. You will be asked to select whether you want to pick up the masks at our Whitten Road office, or have us send them to you at your expense. Please allow us additional time if you want us to ship them to you as we anticipate heavy demand on these FREE cloth face coverings.  

Also note that we may limit quantities to ensure everyone who needs masks has an opportunity to receive them. We further understand that there may be an additional disbursement of free face coverings in the future, but recommend you place your order as soon as possible.

Disposable surgical masks are still available (we have a little over 1,000 left) for sale at $0.56/each plus tax and plus shipping if you want them delivered. For these masks, order online here.

If you have any questions, please contact Makala ( makala@mmta.com) or Victoria ( VictoriaE@mmta.com) at MMTA.
Border Crossing COVID Testing
Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association

As early as tomorrow, May 22nd, the province of NB will start testing Commercial truck drivers at the St Jacques border. They have advised APTA that about 20% of drivers will be tested coming into NB at that specific border. This represents about 1 out of 6 drivers. This will be on a voluntary basis and non-intrusive but if all drivers refuse to get tested and they are unable to get any sample, they will ultimately mandate this for our industry. The province wants to assure our drivers that this is simply a precaution due to the fact that we are the only ones crossing the border right now
Do You Use ZOOM? Update is Needed
May 21, 2020

The new business reality is that ZOOM has become a customary way to meet while social distancing recommendations have been in place. MMTA has used this service for Board meetings, committee meetings, staff collaboration and in our service on various boards and commissions. Likely, you have your own ZOOM account or you have connected to a ZOOM meeting, either with their app or through their website.

Effective immediately, ZOOM has enabled additional encryption across their platform to provide increased protection for meeting data. This functionality will require you to update ZOOM prior to May 30th. If you do not update your ZOOM before the end of May, the first time you go to use it in June it will force you to update it before you can join a ZOOM meeting, which may cause delays and frustration.  

If you have not done so already, it is recommended that you update your ZOOM client by clicking HERE.
Government Groups Launch Truck Parking Survey for Northeast Region
Transport Topics

Truck parking challenges in the Northeast amid the coronavirus pandemic — due in part to shipment type or route changes — are being surveyed by a group of 13 transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations.

The survey, designed to take less than five minutes, asks participants more than a dozen questions, including how frequently they make trips to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania; what type of load they typically haul, how their truck movements have changed during the pandemic and where they usually park.

We will keep MMTA members posted as new information comes in. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email Tim, Randy or Brian if you have questions.