Entries by MTAC Staff

Connecticut found lagging in highway investment

An excerpt from Hartford Business Journal article. Connecticut spends less than 20 cents of each dollar it collects in highway user fees to build and maintain its highways, a leading state trucking lobby says. The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut said Wednesday it reached that conclusion after reviewing available data from the Federal Highway Administration. […]

Expect I-95 closures between Old Lyme and East Lyme through April 22

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction activities related to the replacement of the Society Road bridge over I-95, between Old Lyme and East Lyme is expected to cause significant delays. The work is tentatively scheduled to occur during the following periods; Monday, April 4 through Friday April 8, 2016, and if needed […]

Traffic advisory for Cheshire, Connecticut (Route 70)

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to resurface Route 70 (Academy Rd/S. Meriden Rd) from Route 10 to Cortland Circle. Portions of the road will be milled, starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 4, and continuing on April 5 – 8, starting at 6:30 a.m. Paving will begin at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and will […]

MTAC testifies against revenue diversions

On March 18, 2016, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to Raised Bill 453, which would divert revenue from the Special Transportation Fund. The bill proposes that 50% of revenue from fines issued for blocking an intersection in the three largest municipalities be remitted to the municipality in which it was issued. Currently, 100% […]

Safety recall issued by Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States. FMCSA has become aware of a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles […]

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 […]