Senate takes up bike safety legislation April 25

As previously noted, the Massachusetts Senate is advancing legislation that it passed last session early in this session to put pressure on the House to act this session. One of those items that passed last session was the traffic and bike safety including the requirement for those companies with state contracts to have convex/concave mirrors and lateral sideguards.

Accordingly, the Senate will be taking up this legislation on April 25. You will remember TAM has continued to work with the Senate sponsor and other officials to minimize the impact of this legislation.

Of note…

  1. The legislation contains an exemption we had fought for last session in that the RMV will have the authority to decide whether certain vehicles will be exempt from the lateral sideguard requirement (See lines 49-51) (Note: the Senate resisted naming vehicle types specifically, but recognized certain vehicles cannot be fit with sideguards … therefore the RMV may exempt it);
  2. the legislation also contains an exemption for the RMV to decide what constitutes meeting the convex/concave/lateral sideguard requirement (See lines 54-55: “The registrar may provide alternative means of compliance with the convex mirror, crossover mirror and lateral protective device requirements.”);
  3. the requirements of this legislation only applies to contracts entered into with the Commonwealth after January 1, 2024 (line 99) and,
  4. finally, according to the way it is written “shall not apply to a motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer or semi-trailer unit that is operated under a contract with the commonwealth that was entered into before January 1, 2024” (See lines 82-84).

While it remains to be seen what the House will do with this legislation, the Senate is pushing to get this legislation done; hence, the early session to pass it. To their credit, Senator Brownsberger and his staff have actually been very thoughtful in hearing our concerns and incorporating the aforementioned items. Also, Senator Tarr, the Senate Minority Leader deserves recognition because his office has worked with us regularly to make sure the impact is minimized.

TAM Spring Transportation Conference May 16

The Trucking Association of Massachusetts Spring Transportation Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 16 at the Double Tree Hotel in Westborough, Massachusetts. Register in advanced for the conference below.

Half-day packages including the morning seminars and keynote luncheon are $125 for TAM members and $175 for non-members. An option to attend only the morning seminars is available.

Conference Speakers

  • Rebecca Brewster, ATRI
  • Rich Bates, FMCSA
  • Lt. Tom Fitzgerald, MSP Truck Team
  • Neil Boudreau, MassDOT



Trucking associations support NEMF employees

TAM has recently learned of the closure of New England Motor Freight, for voluntary bankruptcy. TAM is supporting the efforts of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association (NJMTA) to find positions for all of their employees.

Below is a message from New Jersey on how you can post any available positions in your terminals through their organization. NEMF has many qualified employees and our industry is pulling together to support them. Thank you for your attention to this important message.

From the New Jersey Motor Truck Association…

We were saddened to hear of the closure of long-time member NEMF. NJMTA is working with NEMF to help locate positions for their employees.

If you have any positions open, we will post on a special section of our website for NEMF employees seeking new positions.

To advise of an open position, contact the NJMTA with the following information:

  • Position Open
  • Brief description (no more than two sentences)
  • Location of Position (city/state)
  • Your contact information -name, email and phone number

Please note you can offer positions for all NEMF locations (see below).

Thank you for your anticipated assistance.

Gail E. Toth, Executive Director
New Jersey Motor Truck Association
(732) 254-5000

NEMF Terminal Locations

  • Connecticut
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia