Entries by MTAC Staff

After infrastructure deal, Senate votes to take up bill

From Transport Topics. The Senate voted the night of July 28 to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that’s key to President Joe Biden’s […]

Limiting trucks’ speeds on highways

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. Recently, two members of the United States House of Representatives introduced a bipartisan bill that aims to limit trucks’ speeds on our nation’s highways. Rep. Lucy McBath and Rep. John Katko proposed the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act on May 25, 2021. The exact details […]

The Transportation Professional Summer 2021 Issue

Have you seen the latest edition of MTAC’s magazine The Transportation Professional? Our current issue features MTAC Chairwoman Helen Brooks and her journey to becoming a senior state and local government affairs representative for FedEx. This issue also highlights Connecticut’s recent implementation of the Truck Milage Tax that will go in to affect in 2023. […]

DMV to begin sending CDL downgrade notices

CT DMV officials have communicated to MTAC that they will soon begin sending CDL downgrade notices to CDL holders who do not have a current medical certificate on file. A sample notice can be seen here. During the COVID-19 pandemic, FMCSA and DMV acted to extend expiring credentials. One such credential was medical certifications. However, […]

Reminder: Med Cards can only be submitted through DMV online portal

Connecticut DMV has sent a friendly reminder to MTAC and its members that Connecticut’s online medical certification system is the only way to submit medical certifications to CT DMV. The online medical certification system can be accessed at this link. This is a reminder to NOT email or fax your med cards to CT DMV, they […]

ATA chief economist: Driver shortage linked to lifestyle considerations

From Transport Topics. The persistent truck driver shortage is a complicated issue that is tied in part to quality-of-life considerations, according to American Trucking Associations Chief Economist Bob Costello. Costello reported the trucking industry needed an additional 60,800 truckers in 2018, a shortfall that is expected to grow to 105,000 drivers by 2023 unless recruitment […]

The exception to the exemption

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. In most circumstances the Motor Carrier Act (MCA) exempts drivers from overtime wages as mandated by the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA). The MCA provides that employees whose qualifications and hours of service are dictated by the Secretary of Transportation are exempt from the overtime rates set […]

MTAC hosts Inspector Certification class on Sept. 21

MTAC will host our first Inspector Certification class of 2021 on Sept. 21. Below you will find a course description and a link to sign up for the class. Under federal law, commercial motor vehicle inspectors are required to be certified to be able to conduct federal annual inspections. Inspectors must be capable of performing […]

Highway user fee signed

From CT News Junkie. Under a bill signed Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont, the state will impose a new mileage-based fee on tractor-trailer trucks using Connecticut highways beginning in January 2023. In an effort to support the state’s struggling Special Transportation Fund, the new law will assess a per-mile tax on big rig trucks which […]

House funding leaders back $1.9 Billion USDOT budget increase

From Transport Topics. A new bill from U.S. House lawmakers meant to fund the Department of Transportation through fiscal 2022 would back an operational budget increase for federal trucking safety programs and ensure the distribution of infrastructure grants around the country. As part of an appropriations bill approved by a House panel July 12, federal […]