Entries by MTAC Staff

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 […]

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 […]