Entries by MTAC Staff

NYC Council passes bill banning pre-employment marijuana drug testing

From MTAC partner Wilson Elser. On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council enacted a bill banning pre-employment testing for marijuana use. The bill passed on a 41−4 vote and is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The City Council’s bill prohibits New York City employers from requiring a prospective employee […]

Builders, trades, launch new ad to push for tolls on Connecticut highways

From CT Mirror. A coalition of construction businesses and trades launched a new television and online advertising campaign Tuesday that makes a pitch for electronic tolling to refinance a critical rebuild of Connecticut’s highways, bridges and rail lines. First established last spring to support tolls, the Move CT Forward coalition is renewing its efforts as […]

Lamont looking to borrow against future toll revenues

Excerpt from Associated Press. Drajewicz, state Treasurer Shawn Wooden and others have also been meeting with experts on public private partnerships to see if there’s an opportunity for Connecticut to work with a private entity to develop tolls. However, there’s skepticism at the state Capitol about whether Connecticut should follow the privatization route that some […]

FMCSA approves alternate cargo securement methods for certain agricultural commodities

From Overdrive Online. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in a Federal Register notice published April 15 that truck drivers hauling certain agricultural commodities can now use alternate methods for cargo securement. FMCSA granted the waiver to the American Trucking Associations’ Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, which requested the exemption in January 2018. The […]

Speaker Pelosi eyes as much as $2 Trillion for infrastructure

From Transport Topics. On April 4, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dialed up the president and requested a meeting. She talked to Donald Trump about working together on an infrastructure package. It was the first phone call between the two since the testy days of the government shutdown earlier this year, and it seemed productive. They […]

FMCSA, NHTSA should study side underride guards, GAO says

From Transport Topics. A federal government watchdog study has recommended that federal regulators take steps to collect better data on underride guard crashes and share information with police departments in identifying underride crashes. “Although reported underride crash fatalities represent a small percentage of total traffic fatalities, they present a greater risk of fatalities or serious […]

Crash not your fault? FMCSA: Soon it will not hurt CSA score

From Transport Topics. Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety Accountability program scores. “Based on positive feedback from industry stakeholders, the department will propose to […]

Changes in labor and employment bills affecting Connecticut employers

From MTAC partner Wilson Elser. Lawmakers in Connecticut are considering several proposed bills in the state House and Senate that would significantly impact employers if enacted. On-Call Shift Scheduling The House and Senate proposed legislation that would require hourly workers to be paid if their shifts are cancelled on short notice. An employer would have […]

Don’t wait to transition your AOBRDs

From FMCSA. While we are still in Phase 2 of ELD Implementation, December 16, 2019, is a critical date as the AOBRD grandfather provision expires. This provision allows fleets that had AOBRDs installed in their trucks prior to December 18, 2017, to continue using AOBRDs for two years following the ELD Compliance Date. Beginning December […]

DOT submits proposed rule change for HOS regulations

From Transport Topics. The Department of Transportation has sent its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform hours-of-service regulations to the Office of Management and Budget. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced on March 29 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., that the NPRM had advanced. The contents of the notice are not yet public. […]