Entries by MTAC Staff

MTAC testifies before Transportation Committee

On Wednesday, February 15, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the legislature’s joint Transportation Committee on several bills. They included a bill regarding recommendations by the DOT, a proposal to create a task force to study alternative funding sources for rest areas on state highways, a proposal regarding the construction of tunnels for Interstates 84 […]

UCR fees may decrease for 2018 – UPDATE

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter. A few weeks ago, we reported that there was a good chance that the fees imposed under the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement would decrease for 2018, because the UCR program has collected more revenue from carriers and other entities than the participating states are entitled to. At the time, […]

MTAC visits All Waste

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited member company All Waste, and spoke to company employees at their quarterly safety meeting. All Waste, Inc. is one of the largest privately held solid waste and recycling companies in Connecticut. Their approximately 130 employees are dedicated to serving the personal and business needs of their commercial, industrial, […]

REMINDER: Trucking Industry Gives survey

This is a friendly reminder to MTAC members to complete this ATRI survey regarding charitable giving. MTAC is working with ATA to positively change public perception of the trucking industry, and being able to tell the story about how members support their community will go a long way towards accomplishing that. All responses will be […]

Pelosi, Democrats willing to work with Trump on infrastructure

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: House Democrats could find common ground with President Trump on infrastructure as long as the president unveils a “real infrastructure” bill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Meet the Press on Feb. 5. “If we can talk about job creation and infrastructure legislation that’s a real infrastructure bill and […]

US Chamber Chief: Trump should play nice in NAFTA talks

Excerpt from Transport Topics via Bloomberg: President Trump should renegotiate Nafta in a way that builds upon — rather than hinders — the movement of goods and people between Canada, the United States and Mexico, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said. Tom Donohue told a business audience Feb. 6 in Ottawa that […]

State urged to pull mileage tax study funding

Excerpt from Record Journal article: Critics of a mileage tax urged the legislature’s Transportation Committee on Monday to block $300,000 set aside for the state’s participation in a federal study to see if such a tax is feasible in Connecticut. Testifying on a bill to block the funding, opponents said they opposed the tax for […]

Transportation Committee to take up highway toll issue

Excerpt from Hartford Courant article: … Malloy last year said Connecticut would pay $300,000 toward a regional study of instituting a tax based on how many miles each driver travels in a year. The idea is that those who drive the most — notably commercial drivers — would pay heavily, while those who use their […]

Senate confirms Chao as DOT Secretary

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The country’s top transportation officer will be Elaine Chao after the Senate voted to confirm her Jan. 31. Chao joins President Trump’s cabinet to direct agencies that oversee trucking regulation, highway safety and aviation. She indicated atop her priorities will be to help advance a long-term funding proposal for infrastructure […]

FMCSA launches website to educate on safety responsibilities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched its redesigned New Entrant Program website, updated to help motor carriers understand their responsibilities during their first 18 months on the road. The enhanced website introduces carriers to Federal safety regulations and explains how FMCSA and State Partners monitor carrier safety compliance during the New Entrant […]