Entries by MTAC Staff

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.

Lamont budget takes the first step toward tolls

From CT Mirror. Gov. Ned Lamont used his first budget Wednesday to lay the groundwork for the restoration of tolls to Connecticut highways. Administration officials stressed they are just beginning a conversation with lawmakers about tolls. But the budget proposal also would cancel a crucial transfer of sales tax receipts to the Special Transportation Fund […]

MTAC testifies on infrastructure bank legislation

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified on a bill which would create a Connecticut Infrastructure Bank. Sculley explained that MTAC is not necessarily opposed to the concept of an Infrastructure Bank. However, he suggested that the issue should be studied further before the legislature votes to create the proposed Bank. Sculley said that the […]

MTAC testifies on rest areas funding legislation

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in support of a bill which would fully fund Connecticut’s state-owned rest areas. Sculley explained that funding has been cut so that the rest areas are only staffed from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The buildings are locked at all other times, and there is no staff around. However, truck […]

MTAC submits testimony on date of birth inquiry prohibition legislation

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony in response to a bill which would prohibit employers from inquiring about the date of birth on employment applications. The testimony explained that federal regulation (49 CFR 391.21) requires that employers ask applicants for commercial truck driving jobs about their date of birth. This is because an […]

FMCSA launches Motor Carrier Safety Planner, updates SMS website

From FMCSA. FMCSA Launches Motor Carrier Safety Planner FMCSA recently launched the Motor Carrier Safety Planner, a new online guide to help large truck and bus companies better understand and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The safety planner provides plain-language summaries of safety regulations along with sample forms and templates. Visit the […]