Entries by MTAC Staff

Legislative testimony U-Pass

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony regarding a proposal to expand the U-Pass proposal to private colleges and universities. The current U-Pass system provides free public transportation to eligible public college students, in exchange for a $20 per semester student fee. In his testimony, Sculley questioned the revenue impact on Connecticut’s Special Transportation […]

Legislative testimony on non-consensual tows

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to a bill that would authorize a $10 surcharge on non-consensual tows. The surcharge is being pitched as a way to compensate towers for when vehicles are abandoned after non-consensual tows. Sculley pointed out that towers are not being forced to perform the non-consensual tows. They […]

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse detects nearly 8,000 violations since Jan. 6

From Transport Topics. Nearly 8,000 substance abuse violations have been detected and identified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse since it went live Jan. 6, the agency announced Feb. 21. The Clearinghouse, a database containing information on commercial driver license holders’ drug and alcohol violations, first went live last month […]

With CT tolls debate on ice, fiscal issues loom large

From CT Mirror. Connecticut’s tolls debate may be over for now, but that lull only means Gov. Ned Lamont and legislators now must resolve a daunting list of fiscal challenges left in its wake. Absent toll receipts from large trucks, what other measures will be needed to keep the transportation program solvent for the rest […]

MTAC submits testimony on penalties for commercial trucks on parkways

MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony in response to a bill that proposes to issue fines for commercial trucks that enter the Merritt Parkway. The fines would be one hundred fifty dollars ($150) for the first violation and five hundred dollars ($500) for each subsequent violation. Sculley’s testimony said, in part: “MTAC is aware that, […]

MTAC submits testimony on anti-age discrimination bill

MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony in response to legislation that would prohibit an employer from inquiring about the date of birth, or date of graduation, on a job application. Last year’s version of the bill did not contain a strong enough exception for where this inquiry is required by federal law. However, this year’s […]

Lamont abandons hope for truck-only tolls

From CT News Junkie. Gov. Ned Lamont has given up hope that the Democrat-controlled General Assembly has the guts to vote on a truck-only tolling plan. After meeting with legislative leaders for 45-minutes Wednesday, Lamont invited reporters into his office to explain that he’s decided to borrow the $200 million that he previously planned to […]

FMCSA final rule calls for reduced commercial vehicle registration fees

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that continues to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021, the agency announced Feb. 12. FMCSA said it is reducing the 2020 annual registration fees collected by states for motor carriers, private motor carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders […]

Waterbury business owner vents frustrations over proposed tolls to governor

From Waterbury Republican-American. Truck-only bridge tolls will cost a Waterbury-based scrap metal recycling company an extra $150,000 a year, its president told Gov. Ned Lamont Wednesday, giving voice to the frustrations of members of the Waterbury Regional Chamber at the business group’s annual legislative breakfast about the latest tolling plan. Albert Bros. Inc. President Eric […]