Entries by MTAC Staff

Senior FMCSA official to speak at MTAC meeting

MTAC is pleased to announce that Curtis Thomas, who is the Regional Field Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), will be speaking during the afternoon session of the MTAC Annual Meeting. In this role, Mr. Thomas is responsible for leadership, oversight, training effectiveness, and coordination of policy and program delivery of a […]

Changes for Connecticut’s International Registration Plan

Message from the Connecticut DMV. The Connecticut International Registration Plan (IRP) is implementing a new electronic system through which it will process applications. The anticipated implementation is mid-December 2018. While we don’t expect any significant inconvenience as a result of this transition, we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during the period when […]

MTAC files comments on Hours of Service

MTAC has filed comments with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in response to their Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules. In the ANPRM, FMCSA asks for responses to several questions. MTAC’s comments are responses to many of those questions, and were formed from information provided by […]

UCR Registration will NOT open Oct. 1

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter Annual registration for the Unified Carrier Registration program by motor carriers and other businesses subject to it commonly begins on October 1 for the following year. Not this time! Like last year, with the 2018 registration season, 2019 registration has been delayed. And for the same reason: the Federal […]

ATRI research shows trucking industry’s operational costs continue to climb

The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2018 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. Using financial data provided directly by motor carriers throughout the country, this research documents and analyzes trucking costs from 2008 through 2017 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with a high-level benchmarking tool, and […]

Report shows Connecticut’s aging bridges need repair, funding

From Transport Topics. “In Connecticut, we don’t spend much of our road tax money, like fuel taxes and registration fees, on roads,” Sculley told Transport Topics. “If we did that, this issue would be addressed and this wouldn’t be as much of a problem.” To fund infrastructure projects more efficiently, Connecticut voters will encounter a […]

Status update on Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program

Message from Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. Thanks to all who submitted applications under Connecticut’s Diesel Emissions Mitigation Program and we appreciate your efforts to reduce diesel emissions in Connecticut! On July 31, 2018, the application deadline for the first round of funding under this program closed. DEEP received 56 grant applications, 30 of which are from […]

Susan Haigh added to Capitol Reporters Panel at annual meeting

MTAC recently announced the addition of a Capitol Reporters Panel to the MTAC Annual Meeting. MTAC is pleased to announce the addition of Susan Haigh of the Associated Press to the panel. Sue is the political writer and statehouse reporter for The Associated Press in Hartford, Connecticut, where she has worked since June 2002. She […]

Lamont says “truck only” tolls will fund rail expansion

From WTNH (video includes comments attributed to MTAC). Ned Lamont chose the new train station in Meriden, along the new New Haven to Hartford to Springfield line, to announce his plans to expand the service, increase connections to Bradley Airport and install WiFi service on all the trains. Lamont says the plan will attract millennials and […]

Truckers to Lamont: Stop picking on our industry

From CT News Junkie. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont stood on the state’s newly opened train platform in Meriden Tuesday and said he wants to see more frequent and regular rail service and plans to pay for it with a toll on out-of-state tractor trailer trucks. “They’re taking us right now to the cleaners,” Lamont […]