Entries by MTAC Staff

Connecticut DOT calling for background checks on HHG moving company officers

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Public Transportation has recently been notifying House Hold Goods (HHG) moving companies that they have an obligation to have “initial” and ongoing background checks, including fingerprints, completed for their corporate officers. The Bureau of Public Transportation is demanding these requirements, even though many HHG movers are family businesses […]

International Roadcheck set for June 4-6; steering and suspension emphasis

From CVSA. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck will take place June 4-6. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is steering and […]

CVSA’s Mooney: Trouble awaits fleets delaying switch to ELDs

From Transport Topics. A “manufacturers crisis” in transferring automatic onboard recording device software into electronic logging devices is in the making, according to the head of the trade organization representing commercial vehicle inspectors. “Manufacturers can only transition so many motor carriers from AOBRDs to ELDs at one time,” Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Executive Director Collin […]

Wilson Elser Alert: USDOL proposed revisions under Fair Labor Standards Act

Excerpt from legal brief by MTAC Partner Wilson Elser. On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor (Department) announced a proposed rule that would make more than a million more workers in the United States eligible for overtime. The Department seeks to update and revise regulations set forth under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) […]

Carbon tax testimony

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony in opposition to a bill that would establish a carbon tax in Connecticut. His testimony stated that he used information from ATA and ATRI to calculate potential costs to the CT trucking industry. In the testimony, he referenced an explanation from ATA which said, “If transportation fuels […]

Recreational marijuana legalization testimony

This Friday, March 22, MTAC President Joe Sculley will testify on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. Written testimony has already been submitted, which states, in part: MTAC is not necessarily opposed to the legalization of recreational marijuana. However, Commercial Driver’s License holders operating Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) are required by federal regulation to be tested […]

Paine readies garbage-disposal business for next generation as he trashes tolls

From Hartford Business Journal. In its early days, Paine’s Inc. Recycling and Rubbish Removal had a different idea of waste-to-energy. “When my grandfather started the business, he picked up garbage from two private schools, and fed it to the pigs at the family farm,” said the trash-hauler’s current owner, Michael Paine, of the company circa […]

FMCSA resources for CDL drug and alcohol clearinghouse

From FMCSA. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released additional online resources for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders, employers, state driver licensing agencies, medical review officers, and substance abuse professionals regarding the upcoming implementation of its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020. The new clearinghouse resource webpage […]

Connecticut carbon tax legislation

From Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA). On Monday, March 18, the Environment Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill that would impose a tax on fossil fuels sold in the state: Raised Bill 1064, An Act Establishing a Carbon Price for Fossil Fuels Sold in Connecticut. Heating oil, propane, diesel, gasoline and even […]