Special Edition V.45 (June 2020)
New Portland TWIC/HAZMAT Enrollment Center Announced

Earlier this month, MMTA was notified that the Portland, ME-Lancaster St Universal Enrollment Center was permanently closing effective at the close of business on Friday, June 26, 2020. Subsequently, we heard from Senator Susan Collins office, after they contacted the Transportation Security Administration with the trucking industry’s concerns, that a new Portland TWIC/HAZMAT Enrollment Center would be opening on June 30th to avoid any lapse in southern Maine services.

We now know the location of the new enrollment center from TSA:

The Portland, ME-Lancaster St Universal Enrollment Center will be relocating. Effective close of business on 6/26, operations will cease at the current location at 175 Lancaster St Ste 213 Portland, ME 04101-2400. 

We will reopen 6/29, at the following address: IdentoGO 343 Gorham Rd South Portland, ME 04106-2304.

This location is across the street from the Maine Mall. MMTA has reached out to the Maine Mall to see what their policy is for temporary truck parking in order to avoid any issues prior to June 30th. We will let members know what they say, but it goes without saying that it will be important for any driver using their parking lot to be respectful and courteous in an effort to discourage any adverse implications for others in the trucking industry.

Truckers fear for small companies as lawmakers weigh mandatory insurance hike
Fox Business

House lawmakers approved an amendment this week that would more than double the required minimum insurance coverage for truck owners, and industry leaders are worried about what those additional costs could do to small businesses.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration-required minimum coverage is $750,000, but the adjustment increases that amount to $2 million.

While bigger companies may be able to afford rising insurance costs, smaller companies can’t.

“Insurance rates have been spiraling out of control for truckers. There’s no end in sight,” Brian Fielkow, president of multimillion-dollar trucking and logistics company Jetco Delivery, told FOX Business. “Higher costs further could push more truckers out of business, a trend that accelerated in 2019 and continues now.”

House Panel Advances Multiyear Highway Bill
Transport Topics

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee advanced a five-year, $494 billion highway policy bill June 18.

The measure, approved along party lines, is designed to update many freight and passenger transportation programs while promoting climate change-centric and infrastructure-resilience policies. The measure moved to the floor of the chamber where House leaders intend to debate it before July 4.

“For far too long, Congress has taken a pass on trying to solve the toughest problems plaguing our surface transportation system, allowing it to limp along and fall farther and farther behind the rest of the world,” said Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who sponsored the bill titled the INVEST in America Act. “That all changes with the INVEST in America Act, transformational legislation that moves our country into a new era of smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits our changing economy and society.”

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.