Entries by MTAC Staff

FMCSA sends drug & alcohol clearinghouse final rule to OMB

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on May 20 forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget its final rule that would establish a national database of truck drivers who have failed or refused to take drug and alcohol tests, marking the final step in the approval process. The […]

Truck Driving Championship participation increases

More than 30 drivers have enrolled in the upcoming Connecticut Truck Driving Championship set for June 11 at the Fedex Freight facility in Windsor Locks. However, it is not too late to sign up to compete. Specifically, the Flatbed and Straight Truck fields are wide open, so members should be sure to consider having their drivers […]

FedEx breaks ground in Middletown, 400 jobs expected

Construction will begin soon on a 525,000 square foot FedEx Ground distribution hub on Middle Street at the former site of the Aetna campus. Local and state officials participated in a groundbreaking Thursday morning with FedEx Ground, which says it will create at least 400 jobs with the new center, scheduled to open in August […]

CDL apprenticeship grant opportunity

MTAC recently met with senior Connecticut Department of Labor officials to discuss the availability of apprenticeship funds that could be used by the trucking industry. Specifically, funds are available that could be used towards the cost of tuition at a commercial driving school. Department of Labor officials reported that as much as $3,500 is available […]

Reminder: CVSA Roadcheck – Focus on Tires

As a reminder, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Roadcheck with a focus on tires will be held in June. Do not operate trucks with tires that: have less than the minimum tread depth (minimum tread depth for steer tires is 4/32-inch, and 2/32-inch for any other wheel position); have body ply or belt material exposed […]

ATRI operational costs survey

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers on items such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are asked to […]

Truckers Against Trafficking training

MTAC partner Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is encouraging member companies to undergo training that would help truckers identify human trafficking. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. TAT recognizes that members of the trucking […]

Connecticut Legislature going overtime to approve budget

From Transport Topics. Knowing that they wouldn’t be able to approve a budget before the midnight May 4 deadline despite reaching a tentative, $19.75 billion agreement with Gov. Dannel Malloy the previous day, Connecticut lawmakers voted to schedule special sessions to do so. The Senate will reconvene May 12. The House has yet to set […]

Warehouse Contract webinar on May 12

The Scopelitis Law Firm is hosting a free webinar to discuss warehouse contract terms. The firm will share some of the most contested terms and how they respond to depositors’ requests to make changes. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 pm. Scopelitis has stated that MTAC members […]

Route 8 construction set for parts of June and July

Some MTAC members may already be aware of construction on Route 8 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. For those who might not know, in general the project involves the replacement of the superstructures (beams and concrete decks) of several bridges on Route 8/25, approximately two miles north of Interstate 95. The bridges carry Route 8/25 over Lindley […]