Entries by MTAC Staff

Act now to address medical certifications expired during COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a nationwide emergency declaration which waived parts of the federal motor carrier safety regulations, such as Hours of Service, if the operation was in direct response to the pandemic. One of the things FMCSA also did (in conjunction with state driver’s license […]

PPP forgiveness guidance issued as Congress mulls changes

From Journal of Accountancy. Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) guidance Friday night that provided some clarity on several loan forgiveness questions but didn’t address the two parts of PPP that arguably have generated the most concerns among the millions of small businesses and other entities that […]

House, Senate lawmakers propose essential workers fund

From Transport Topics. Legislation that would compensate essential workers who became ill or died from COVID-19 while performing their services was recently introduced by Senate Democrats. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act would establish a fund for those who qualify, such as certain individuals who were required to provide products or services deemed essential during the […]

Free food for truck drivers on Friday in Wallingford

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) and one of their members will host a fourth event in which a member company will buy meals for commercial truck drivers from food truck operators at a Connecticut highway rest area. Coastal Carriers of Connecticut will buy meals for truck drivers on Friday, May 29 from Chris […]

NCCI new class code for furloughed employees

From MTAC partner Bouvier Insurance. As a result of COVID-19, many businesses have been forced to furlough employees. In some cases, businesses are continuing to pay furloughed employees despite the fact that they are not performing any work duties. The rating bureau for Workers Compensation Insurance, NCCI, has filed a rule change to report payroll […]

Connecticut DMV adds time to length of credentials extension

The Connecticut DMV has announced that eligible credentials which expired between March 10 and June 30, 2020 are now extended for 180 days from the date of expiration. Prior to this announcement, there was only a 90 day extension for such credentials. The extension includes all Connecticut driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, identity cards, emissions testing […]

FMCSA publishes final HOS Rule, granting flexibility to drivers

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published its long-awaited final rule on changes to hours-of-service regulations in a move intended to increase flexibility for truck drivers. The final rule, announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and FMCSA Acting Administrator Jim Mullen on May 14, includes four revisions that pertain to issues […]

April tonnage down 11.3% year-over-year

From Transport Topics. April truck tonnage declined 11.3% compared with year-ago levels, the steepest year-over-year decline since 2009, American Trucking Associations reported. ATA on May 19 announced that its monthly, seasonally adjusted For-Hire-Truck Tonnage registered 104.9 in April, down from 118.4 a year ago. On a sequential basis, April was down 12.2% from March, when […]

Free Food For Truck Drivers on Wednesday at Southington Rest Area

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) and their members will host a third event in which they will buy meals for commercial truck drivers from food truck operators at a Connecticut highway rest area, the association announced today. MTAC President Joe Sculley said that Nutmeg International Trucks and Allegiance Truck Group will buy meals […]

FMCSA publishes final rule on Hours of Service

From FMCSA. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Based on the detailed public comments and input from the American people, FMCSA’s final rule on […]