207-688-8195 Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

PLC Supporting Member Weekly Update Dec. 17, 2021

In this Issue:  

New Canadian Vaccination Requirement for truck drivers – Deadline Jan. 15

PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments – Still time to order and support Log A Load!

Social Media for Loggers – Videos of presentation from Annual Meeting available

PLC Store – Many items for sale

Safety ResourcesHumpday Videos are back!

Trucking – Updates weekly

Classified listings – Check them out!

Member Discounts – Many to choose from

Logging News – Latest headlines

New Canadian Vaccination Requirement for Truck Drivers Deadline Jan. 15

The Canadian government will begin requiring all truck drivers entering Canada to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19  by Jan. 15 2022. To be considered fully vaccinated, a traveller must have received the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada. To enter on Jan. 15 this effectively means a driver’s full series of shots must be completed no later than Jan. 1

All exempt essential service providers including truck drivers are already required to identify their vaccination status in ArriveCAN, regardless of whether or not they are allowed to enter as unvaccinated.

Until January 15, 2022, if an exempt essential traveller is not vaccinated, they will still be able to get an ArriveCAN receipt. After January 15, 2022, they must be fully vaccinated to get an ArriveCAN receipt. As of this date, most travellers who are currently exempt from quarantine will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. They will also be required to upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

The full announcement on this change is available HERE. If you have questions you may contact the PLC at 207-688-8195.

PLC Logger Christmas Ornaments and Drink Koozies to support Log A Load!

Logger Christmas Ornaments and Log A Load drink koozies are in! Order now from Jessica at jessica@maineloggers.com. New forwarder design this year! Proceeds benefit Log A Load for Kids.

Social Media for Loggers Videos Now Available!

Members, for those who missed the Social Media for Loggers presentation at the morning business meetng at the PLC Annual Meeting or who would like to review it again, videos of the majority of the presentation (small portions of the beginning and middle are missing) are linked below. Thank you to Chrissy Kimball of Kimball and Sons Logging and Cary Weston of Sutherland Weston for the presentation!

Social Media for Loggers Part 1

Social Media for Loggers Part 2

PLC Online Store

Looking for great PLC items and apparel? Gifts? First Aid packs, safety items and more? You will find them at the new PLC Online Store on our web site. Ordering is easy.

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Safety Resources

HumpDay Safety Videos Return! Check out the featured video this week below – Seat Belt Safety!

Trucking

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FACT SHEET: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce

DECEMBER 16, 2021

Trucking plays a critical role in the U.S. supply chain and economy. America’s truck drivers have been on the frontlines of this pandemic, delivering goods to every corner of this country. Seventy-two percent of goods in America are shipped by truck, and in most communities, trucks are the only form of delivery. A strong, stable, and safe trucking workforce that offers good-paying jobs to millions of truck drivers is a critical lifeblood of our economy. But outdated infrastructure, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a historic volume of goods moving through our economy have strained capacity across the supply chain, including in trucking.

Trucking Info

Excerpt below from Dec. 1 2021 article, Preparing your fleet for 2022

Entry-Level Driver Training Change coming Feb. 2022

Strict new driver training requirements will arrive on February 7, 2022. While this removes a burden from motor carriers — they won’t have to perform their own FMCSA-mandated entry-level driver training anymore — it places another hurdle in front of drivers who want a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or specific endorsements.

  • Ensure that your existing and potential drivers — including employees thinking of becoming drivers — are aware of the new requirements. They will need to obtain training from an FMCSA-registered training provider before acquiring or upgrading to a Class A or B CDL or a passenger, school bus, or hazardous materials endorsement.
  • Talk to affected employees about their concerns with the new rules. Consider paying for your drivers’ training and help them navigate the process.
  • Decide now if your company intends to register as a training provider. You’ll need to get added to the FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry if you want to perform entry-level training in the new year.
  • Even if you’re not on the Registry, don’t stop performing training — for new and existing drivers alike. Ongoing training will remain a critical part of any compliance and safety program.

Use of the 2017 Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

On November 23, 2021 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) temporarily approved the previous version (2017) of the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).  To learn more, read the attached notice from the National Laboratory Certification Program about the OMB action.

What does this mean for DOT drug testing

  • You may continue to use the ‘revised/new’ CCF when collecting urine specimens for DOT tests. 
  • You may also use the ‘previous version (2017 CCF)’ of the CCF.  
  • When using the ‘previous version (2017 CCF)’ of the CCF:
  • For specimens collected as of November 23, 2021, you will not need to complete a memorandum for the record.
  • For specimens collected between August 30, 2021 and November 22, 2021, you will need to complete a memorandum for the record.

Mobile carriers are sunsetting 3G soon. Will your ELD be affected?

Mobile carriers are shutting down their 3G networks to make room for more advanced network services, including 5G. As a result, many older cell phones and other mobile devices will be unable to use data services.

Once a 3G network is no longer supported, it is highly unlikely that any ELDs that rely on that network will be able to meet the minimum requirements established by the ELD Technical Specifications, including recording all required data elements and transferring ELD output files.

Therefore, any ELD that requires 3G cellular connectivity to perform its functionality will no longer be in compliance with the technical specifications in the ELD rule after the 3G network it relies on is sunset. When in an area that does not support 3G, a 3G device will register a malfunction. In accordance with 49 CFR 395.34, the carrier has 8 days to get the malfunction resolved, in this case by replacement, unless an extension is granted.

The announced sunset dates are below.* These are dates for completing the shutdowns. Mobile carriers are planning to retire parts of their networks sooner.

  • AT&T 3G: February 22, 2022
  • Sprint 3G (T-Mobile): March 31, 2022
  • Sprint LTE (T-Mobile): June 30, 2022
  • T-Mobile 3G: July 1, 2022
  • Verizon 3G: December 31, 2022

Note: Many other carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile service providers, utilize the AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks.

*Sunset dates are subject to change. Contact your mobile carrier for up-to-date information.

Logging Industry News

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Representative Jared Golden

Collins, Golden Announce Maine Loggers Approved for More Than $12.3 Million in COVID-19 Relief

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Congressman Jared Golden announced today that more than 350 Maine timber harvesting and hauling businesses have been approved for a total of $12,348,389 in COVID-19 relief.

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UMaine-led FOR/Maine coalition chosen as finalist for up to $100 million in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge

ORONO — The FOR/Maine Coalition has been named by the Economic Development Administration as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. The University of Maine was awarded the $500,000 grant to support the coalition to further develop and scale the forest bioeconomy in Maine and will advance to Phase 2 of the challenge competing for up to $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding.

Member Discounts

TRUCKING DISCOUNTS THROUGH THE ALC!

PLC Members, because the PLC is a member of the American Loggers Council YOU are entitled to special discounts on truck purchases! Click on the brand names below to learn more!

PETERBILT

WESTERN STAR

INTERNATIONAL

Fabian Oil Discount

 

Traction Heavy Duty Special

 

Wallingford’s Discounts

 

 

Maine Trailer Discounts

 

 

Scandinavian Forestry Equipment

 

PLC Members get a 5% discount on culverts purchased at Treeline and Frank Martin & Sons

 

 

Hale Trailer discounts for PLC Members on new trailer purchases! Call Neal at 207-232-7969 for details!

 

 

Cross Arena Discounts for PLC! 

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