Entries by MTAC Staff

Does Connecticut need a transportation authority?

From CT News Junkie. As the legislature gets closer to approving tolls, it’s also distancing itself from the process by debating legislation that would create a transportation authority, like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “I don’t understand why anyone wants to be like the MTA in New York,” Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association […]

Dueling toll bills on Transportation Committee’s agenda

From Waterbury Republican American. Naugatuck businessman John Pruchnicki guesses that highway tolls could cost his petroleum transportation business $200,000 to $300,000 a year. Without an actual tolling plan, he can only ballpark an estimate of how much the fleet of 22 tanker trucks operating out of the Ansonia and Bloomfield terminals of Coastal Carriers of […]

FMCSA to upgrade ELDT regulations, slash regulatory costs

From FMCSA. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule streamlining the process and reducing costs to upgrade from a Class B to Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). By adopting a new Class A CDL theory instruction upgrade curriculum, the final rule will save eligible driver […]

MTAC members testify in support of dealer registration bill

This week, MTAC members Jim Rizzo from Gabrielli Trucks and Luis Tejeda from Freightliner of Hartford testified in support of HB 6771, which would “permit motor vehicle dealers to register large commercial motor vehicles online and thereby create efficiencies and make the process more convenient.” Jim Rizzo said, in part, “Currently, we are only allowed […]

MTAC testifies on commercial truck GPS mandate bill

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to a bill that would require truck-specific GPS devices to be in use on all trucks with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds. Sculley’s testimony said the bill was likely introduced in response to trucks driving through no-through truck zones in certain municipalities. He said […]

MTAC testifies on non-consensual tow surcharge bill

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to a bill that would add a $10 surcharge on to the cost of a non-consensual tow. Sculley said that the bill is an attempt to circumvent the regulation of rates for non-consensual tows. He said that the regulation of non-consensual tows is an important aspect […]

Recent slowdown concerns trucking industry after stellar 2018

From CT News Junkie. Connecticut’s trucking industry is cautiously watching a recent slowdown in activity that follows a highly successful 2018, because it could be a harbinger of economic slowdown. Freight hauling, truck orders and trailer orders all declined in November and December. And while January numbers crawled back up just a bit, there’s reason […]

Trucking Companies: Tolls will cost hundreds of thousands per year

From Yankee Institute. Trucking companies from across Connecticut said the plan to install tolls on Connecticut’s highways would cost their companies upwards of $500,000 per year in a video released by the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. Trucking company owners from East Windsor, Hartford, Granby and numerous other locations throughout the state discussed the number […]

MTAC releases video on tolls

This week, MTAC released a video which includes testimony from several members about how tolls in Connecticut would negatively impact their business. Please watch the video and distribute far and wide.