Entries by MTAC Staff

New York increases penalties for violating storm-related truck bans

On January 30, in the midst of a truck travel ban on the NY Thruway due to a snow storm, an out-of-state based tractor trailer allegedly jack-knifed before striking a NY State Police Trooper parked on the side of the road. The accident triggered a 21-vehicle pile-up which included four tractor-trailers. The state trooper suffered […]

New ELD frequently asked questions

From FMCSA. The ELD Frequently Asked Questions have been updated with the following two additions to the Editing and Annotations category. Can a driver be assigned driver records recorded under the Unidentified Driver profile and indicate a special driving category at the time the driver is assigned the driver records? Yes, a driver can be […]

Professor and transportation finance expert: Tolls “inefficient, regressive tax”

From Yankee Institute. Professor of Finance for the College of Staten Island and Research Fellow at The University Transportation Research Center Johnathan Peters says if Connecticut lawmakers are looking to raise revenue for transportation, they might be better off looking somewhere else besides highway tolls. “Tolls, generally, are expensive to collect,” Peters said in an […]

FMCSA emergency declaration for transportation of fuel

An Emergency Declaration exists for the immediate transportation of heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, into Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin, due to severe winter weather. […]

Judge rules drivers should be paid for sleeper berth time

Legal Alert from MTAC partner Wilson Elser. In a recent decision, a federal judge in Arkansas ruled that a legal class of nearly 3,000 truck drivers is entitled to compensation for time spent in the sleeper berth, even though the drivers were signed out as “off-duty.” Background The lawsuit alleged that P.A.M. Transport Inc. violated […]

In Effect: FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration

FMCSA has declared a Regional Emergency Declaration for Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The declaration is effective immediately and remains in effect for the duration of the emergency or until Feb. 2, 2019 at 2359 hours, whichever is less. Motor carriers must be […]

Wilson Elser Alert: U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of independent contractors

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court issued a blockbuster holding, ruling in favor of independent contractors who work in transportation. Facts In New Prime Inc. v. Oliveira, the Court was faced with an issue involving a dispute between the trucking company New Prime Inc., and one of its drivers, Dominic Oliveira. The parties’ contract […]

Joe Sculley interview on The Talk of Connecticut

MTAC President Joe Sculley was a guest on the Talk of Connecticut radio show with Brad Davis and Paul Pacelli on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The interview was held to discuss the taxes and fees paid by the trucking industry, as well as trucking’s critical role in the state’s economy, which was briefly outlined in this […]

Major policies opposed by businesses loom in Democrat-controlled legislature

From Hartford Business Journal. With what’s been deemed a regressive tax system, wide income disparities and an eroding middle class, Connecticut is an increasingly tough place for a common person to build wealth and climb society’s slippery mobility ladder, according to state Rep. Joshua Elliott. Those challenges, which aren’t unique to Connecticut, are part of […]

Oil gains as US stockpiles seen falling, China plans tax cuts

From Transport Topics. Oil rose amid estimates of another decline in U.S. crude inventories and signs that China is stepping up efforts to combat an economic slowdown. Futures in New York climbed as much as 3% after sinking during the past two sessions. American stockpiles probably fell for the sixth time in seven weeks, according […]