Entries by MTAC Staff

Increasing driver wages & benefits outpaced lower fuel costs in 2016

From American Transportation Research Institute. The American Transportation Research Institute today released the findings of its 2017 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 2016 – providing trucking industry stakeholders with […]

Legislators announce tentative, bipartisan budget deal

From CT Mirror. State legislative leaders declared Wednesday they had crafted the framework of a bipartisan deal to end Connecticut’s 110-day budget impasse, while conceding some key details, including distribution of town aid, remained to be resolved. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who was not a party to the talks, expressed skepticism that the talks had […]

FMCSA Hours of Service Question and Answer session

From Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Attend a live Hours of Service (HOS) Question and Answer session with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) subject matter expert Tom Yager, Chief of the Driver and Carrier Operations Division, and Peter Chandler, Lead Transportation Specialist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Passenger Carrier Division. The Hours […]

Diesel emissions reductions grants

From Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). DEEP is accepting proposals from municipalities, organizations, and businesses for Connecticut diesel reductions projects until Nov. 14, 2017. Current Opportunities To the extent resources are available, DEEP can provide assistance to entities and individuals seeking to apply for these grants. State Diesel Emissions Reduction Act Funding […]

MTAC participates in teen safe driving event

This week, MTAC participated in a Teen Safe Driving event at Berlin High School, along with AAA. MTAC President Joe Sculley attended, along with Tony Spero from ABF Freight, and Roland Bolduc from FedEx, who both provided instructions to students about how to safely share the road with tractor trailers. Tony Spero and Roland Bolduc […]

TrucBrush offers MTAC members discount

MTAC associate member, TrucBrush Corporation, is generously offering MTAC members a $500 discount when purchasing their patented, mobile device called TrucBrush. TrucBrush is a polypropylene-bristled broom powered by a front-end loader that clears accumulated snow off the tops of trucks, trailers and buses faster, safer and more effectively than other methods. TrucBrush is available for […]

MTAC to honor Len Suzio as State Senator of the Year

State Senator Len Suzio (R–Meriden) will be the recipient of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) State Senator of the Year award, MTAC announced today. The State Senator of the Year award is an annual award presented to a member of the State Senate who supports public policy which allows the trucking industry to […]

MTAC to honor John Hampton as State Rep of the Year

State Representative John Hampton (D–Simsbury) will be the recipient of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) State Representative of the Year award, MTAC announced today. The State Representative of the Year award is an annual award presented to a member of the State House of Representatives who supports public policy which allows the trucking […]

Rescheduled: OS/OW Permitting Change

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that it will be switching to a new, online permitting system for oversize/overweight vehicle permits. The new web-based system is expected to be more user friendly, more versatile and is compatible across many online platforms. To accomplish this switch, the existing system will become unavailable beginning at 3 […]

Driver shortage forces haulers to lift pay, perks to woo workers

From the Hartford Business Journal: Ansonia trucking-company operator John Pruchnicki uses nearly every tool in his kit to recruit and retain some of Connecticut’s 57,000 or so commercially licensed truck drivers to his payroll. Many of the semis in Pruchnicki’s Coastal Carriers of Connecticut fleet are equipped with the same safety features and ergonomics found […]