Entries by MTAC Staff

Transportation Lockbox bill passes committee

From The Hartford Courant. ‘Transportation Lockbox’ Bill Passes Committee — With Warning A measure to protect state transportation funds won a narrow victory Monday at a legislative committee, but Republican lawmakers made clear that they will sink it later on unless the wording becomes stronger. “People have raised the suspicion that this is just a […]

Troopers enforce Move Over Law

From WTNH – Connecticut State Police are conducting an awareness campaign to remind drivers of the Move Over Law. Beginning on February 22, troopers began aggressively pushing the campaign on social media, reminding people that if you see any type of emergency vehicle, highway maintenance crew, or tow truck on the side of the road you […]

FMCSA announces plans to issue proposed entry-level driver training rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 4 made public its “negotiated” proposed entry-level driver training rule that would revise the standards required for new interstate and intrastate commercial vehicle operators to obtain a commercial driver license. The proposal does not specify a minimum number of hours that driver-trainees must spend on classroom theory, […]

FHWA releases size & weight changes guidance

From the CVSA Newsletter. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued a memo providing guidance regarding the commercial motor vehicle size and weight changes included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. FHWA will be scheduling informational webinars to further review these changes and CVSA will circulate that information when it becomes […]

DMV: Trucking companies have 90 days to pay registration fees

An excerpt from The Journal Enquirer article posted on Feb. 29, 2016 and written by Mike Savino. Department of Motor Vehicles [Connecticut] has extended the time for truckers to pay registration fees that hadn’t been charged due to a miscalculation by the department’s software. The DMV now is giving commercial truckers 90 days to pay fees […]

Oversize & overweight permit fee increases proposed

On Friday, Feb. 27, Joe Sculley submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue, and Bonding regarding proposals to increase fees for oversize and overweight permits. An excerpt from the testimony is below. The full testimony is available as a PDF document. At this time, we are opposed to any further increases in any taxes, […]

MTAC Testimony on Transportation Lockbox Proposal

On Monday, Feb. 29, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the Joint Transportation Committee regarding the proposed Constitutional Amendment to create a “lockbox” for transportation funds. An excerpt of that testimony is below. The full testimony is available as a PDF document. MTAC believes that an amendment to the Connecticut Constitution should name revenue sources right […]

MTAC testifies in opposition to closing rest areas

On Friday, Feb. 19, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified at an Appropriations Committee hearing in opposition to a budget proposal to permanently close down rest areas on Interstate 84 in Southington and Willington. He also stated opposition to closing or reducing staffing at all other rest areas in the state. A copy of Sculley’s statement to […]

MTAC on Connecticut transportation funds lockbox

Earlier this week, the Journal Inquirer published this Op-Ed by MTAC President Joe Sculley concerning the Connecticut governor’s suggestion to create a lockbox for transportation funds in the state. The full piece is available at the Journal Inquirer’s website. Proposal is not a Lockbox Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed a state constitutional amendment to create […]

New York Highway Use Tax fees update

This information submitted by the New York State Motor Truck Association. As you are likely aware, a recent Supreme Court ruling declared the fees charged for a HUT decal and certificate of registration as unconstitutional. The case was brought by the Owner Operators Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) on behalf of out-of-state trucking companies. New York […]