Entries by MTAC Staff

MTAC members earn insurance dividends for second consecutive year

Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) qualifying members are set to receive $138,377 in dividends for the 2017 plan year through the property and casualty insurance “Safety Group” underwritten by Acadia Insurance.  This is the second consecutive year that dividends will be paid directly back to program participants. More than $630,000 in dividends have been […]

New Training Class: FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

MTAC is pleased to announce that an educational seminar regarding FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, taught by FMCSA Division Administrator Chris Henry and FMCSA Federal Program Specialist Ed Brickner, will be held at the MTAC building on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. The class will be free for members. Beginning Jan. 6, 2020, employers will […]

State DERA funding opportunity – Apply before Nov. 25

From CT DEEP. Mobile sources account for 36% of the carbon pollution and 67% of the smog-forming air pollution in Connecticut. To address this pollution, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is committed to supporting projects that reduce emissions from diesel and other vehicles. This year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is […]

DMV to allow truck dealers to register commercial trucks

Earlier this year, MTAC and some of its truck dealer members asked legislative leaders and the DMV to give dealers the ability to process new commercial truck (non-IRP) registrations in-house. MTAC is pleased to report that DMV has acted to allow this, and effective October 31, 2019, truck dealers will have the ability to register […]

Connecticut still faces billion-dollar budget deficits for 2022 through 2024

Excerpt from Yankee Institute article. Despite increasing General Fund revenue by $2.52 billion over the next two years, Connecticut will still face billion-dollar budget deficits from 2022 through 2024, according to a budget report released by the Office of Fiscal Analysis. The state’s Special Transportation Fund is expected to maintain surpluses through 2024, despite the […]

FMCSA says drug, alcohol clearinghouse will be open to other agencies

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced its plans to permit Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse records to be disclosed to agencies outside the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure compliance with drug testing regulations. When the Clearinghouse goes into effect Jan. 6, employers will be required to list truck and bus […]

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse registration now available

From FMCSA. Users can create a user account on the clearinghouse website. Register today to ensure you are ready on Jan. 6, 2020, when the Clearinghouse will be fully operational. Download instructions to register as a: Employer CDL driver (includes CLP drivers) Consortium/third-party administrator (C/TPA) Medical review officer (MRO) Substance abuse professional (SAP) Clearinghouse Assistant […]

Lamont still mum on details for Transportation Plan 2.0

From CT News Junkie. Gov. Ned Lamont told the Connecticut Retail Merchants Association that every single business person he has spoken to has told him that getting people around the state is key to its economic future and economic development. That’s why he’s focused the past three months on revamping and reselling his transportation proposal […]

Fed survey finds US economy being hurt by trade battles

From Associated Press via Transport Topics. The U.S. economy was expanding at a modest pace in September and into October despite the fact manufacturing was being hurt by rising trade tensions and weaker global growth while adverse weather was affecting farmers. The Federal Reserve, issuing its latest assessment of business conditions around the country, reported […]

Build now, pay later? It’s not going to be that easy

From CT Mirror. As Gov. Ned Lamont fishes for legislative support for his new transportation plan, he’s dangling some juicy bait: hundreds of millions in low-interest federal loans that can rebuild infrastructure and jump-start Connecticut’s economy now — but don’t come due for 10 or 15 years. If that sounds a little too good to […]