Entries by MTAC Staff

Brake training classes

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for spring/summer 2017. Federal regulations require that any employee responsible for brake inspections, maintenance, service, or repairs on any commercial motor vehicle must understand the brake service or inspection task to be accomplished. The best way to do that is through […]

Online supervisor training from Fleet Screen

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) (49 CFR part 382.603) require that supervisors be trained so that they can properly determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo drug and alcohol testing as required under §382.307. MTAC is pleased to announce that our new vendor partner, Fleet Screen, can provide this training […]

FMCSA withdraws proposed safety fitness determination rule

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn its proposed motor carrier safety fitness determination rule as it awaits a major study of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program by the National Academies of Science, according to the agency’s March 22 announcement. FMCSA previously announced that, rather than move to […]

MTAC opposes Carbon Tax legislation

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the Connecticut legislature’s Environment Committee in opposition to a carbon tax legislation. He stated, “MTAC appreciates that proponents of this bill want to protect our environment, however, MTAC does not believe that this bill is necessary or practical. Major environmental policy is best left to the federal […]

MTAC testifies on budget proposal

Late last week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee on a couple of budget bills. Regarding provisions which proposed bonding for transit purposes, he stated: “The STF [Special Transportation Fund] is funded almost entirely through revenue generated on taxes and fees paid by truckers and passenger car drivers […]

Driver Qualification class rescheduled

Due to the storm on March 14, the Driver Qualification File class originally scheduled to be held that day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Any member who was signed up but cannot make it to the rescheduled date must request a refund before March 28. Members who […]

CVSA Roadcheck June 6-8; Emphasis on cargo securement

From CVSA: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers. Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This […]

MTAC testimony to Governor’s Council on Climate Change

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley provided testimony at a public meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. Mr. Sculley urged the Council to ensure that they properly account for federal regulations that impact the transportation industry. He stated that not accounting for rules such as the joint EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 rule in the […]

Republican lawmakers question rest area closure plan

Excerpt from The Hartford Courant. Two Republican state senators wrote Monday to the Commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, questioning his agency’s decision to close all toilet facilities at seven interstate highway rest areas that commercial truckers use for their federally required rest from driving. Citing a Government Watch column published in The Courant […]

Restart Study: No benefit to driver safety, fatigue

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: A congressionally mandated study on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service restart rule showed that it “did not explicitly identify a net benefit on driver operations, safety, fatigue and health,” the Department of Transportation Inspector General said March 2. In a letter to congressional committees, the DOT IG said […]