Entries by MTAC Staff

Chris Spear named ATA president, succeeding Bill Graves

From Transport Topics. Christopher Spear was named president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, effective July 9, succeeding Bill Graves. ATA made the announcement July 1, when it introduced Spear to the staff at the federation’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. Spear was given a five-year contract and chosen from a field of about two dozen candidates, […]

Trucking industry invests $9.5 billion in safety

From Transport Topics. The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety annually according to a report released June 29 by American Trucking Associations. The investments include technologies on trucks such as collision avoidance systems, electronic logging devices for driver hours of service compliance and video event recorders. In addition, they include driver safety […]

Connecticut recycling trailblazer Paine’s receives industry honor

From the Hartford Business Journal. The longtime leader of East Granby-based recycling and waste hauling provider Paine’s Inc. was inducted this month into the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Hall of Fame. Michael Paine, who has been president of his family’s business since 1989, received the honor June 7 in Las Vegas at an […]

Reminder to update MCS-150

Some MTAC members have recently been notified that their USDOT number was deactivated because they have not updated their form MCS-150 within the past two years. This is a reminder that FMCSA requires that carriers’ form MCS-150 be updated at least once every two years. When updating an MCS-150, members need to ensure that truck […]

Truck restrictions on I-95 for DNC convention

From the June 23, 2016 PennDOT press release. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said […]

FMCSA issues rule increasing most motor carrier civil penalties

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an interim final rule increasing — and in some cases decreasing — its motor carrier civil penalties for violations of federal regulations. In an announcement scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on June 27, the agency said several laws require periodic “catch-up” adjustments […]

Route 9 proposal removes traffic lights in Middletown

An excerpt from the Hartford Courant. State engineers may have found a way to finally get rid of those highway traffic lights that have plagued commuters, beach-bound travelers and local motorists on Route 9 for decades. The state Department of Transportation has a new proposal to add bridges, ramps and a roundabout that would remove […]

MTAC visits Freightliner of Hartford

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited member company Freightliner of Hartford. Freightliner of Hartford is located right off of Interstate 84, where they sell, service, and support Freightliner heavy-duty highway tractors and medium-duty trucks; heavy vocational trucks and extreme-duty vehicles; Sprinter cargo and passenger vans; fire and emergency rescue trucks. Freightliner of Hartford is […]

Long Island Expressway parking concerns

From Trucking Association of New York (TANY). Member companies are asked to remind their drivers who may be operating in the Long Island area to avoid parking on the shoulders or service roads of the Long Island Expressway. Additionally, everyone is asked to spread the word to any other companies who may drive in this […]

Tire Safety Tips: Driving safely and legally on the road

Excerpt from Acadia Insurance blog post. While the dangers of winter driving may be behind us, the hot summer months ahead have their own dangers. Depending on the climate, the time between mid-May and early October is when drivers will be seeing more and more treads lining the interstates. Tire blowouts are one of the […]