Entries by MTAC Staff

ATA’s Costello: Q2 will be brutal

From Transport Topics. The U.S. gross domestic product will decline by more than 20% on an annualized basis in the second quarter as a result of the coronavirus and the economic shutdown, American Trucking Associations’ chief economist forecasts. “We will never have experienced — since they began making quarterly GDP numbers — the number that […]

FAQs fo state driver licensing agencies and commercial drivers

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has compiled a list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLA) or commercial driver’s license holders may take during the public health emergency related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that are permissible under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). This guidance […]

Trump says trucking CEOs to help advise on economic recovery

From Transport Topics. American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear is among the prominent business executives tapped by President Donald Trump to help revive the economy as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of easing in some parts of the country. “They’re going to give us some ideas,” Trump said April 14 at a briefing in the […]

Reminder on left lane restrictions

In conjunction with the Connecticut State Police, MTAC respectfully reminds all carriers that busses, commercial vehicles, and vehicles with trailers are prohibited from operating in the third (left) lane on a three-lane limited access highway. Connecticut law enforcement officials have reported receiving numerous complaints from vehicle operators regarding violation of this law (CT General Statutes […]

FMCSA extends Emergency Declaration and Hours of Service Waiver

From FMCSA. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hereby declares that a nationwide emergency continues to exist that warrants extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020002 issued on March 13, 2020, and expanded on March 26, 2020, and continuing the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations […]

Gov Lamont releases safe workplace rules for essential employers

On the evening of Tuesday, April 7, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order directing the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, to issue legally binding statewide rules prescribing measures for workplaces to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has […]

TSA releases HME exemption

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is granting a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding expiration of TSA security threat assessments (STAs) for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders. For the duration of this exemption, a State may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that expired or would […]

Paycheck Protection Program application now available

The application for the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been posted online. A summary provided by the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship states that the program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, […]

Extension of compliance period for 2020 UCR in Connecticut

From CT DMV. The Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR) has announced that it is recommending a delay, until July 1, 2020, for the enforcement of UCR registration for 2020. This recommendation is based upon the delay in the rulemaking process for establishing 2020 carrier rates, along with the current COVID 19 crisis. Based upon UCR’s […]