Entries by MTAC Staff

Trucking regulations seek to drive down emissions, fuel consumption

Excerpt from NPR article: New rules from the federal government will put tighter regulations on the trucking industry. The restrictions are aimed at cutting carbon pollution and bolstering fuel efficiency. Beginning in 2018, the new rules will require cleaner, more fuel-efficient engines in new trucks and buses. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the changes […]

Register for MTAC Annual Meeting

MTAC is pleased to announce that new American Trucking Associations (ATA) President and CEO Chris Spear will be our guest speaker at this year’s meeting. Members should attend the Annual Meeting to hear Mr. Spear talk about the industry’s priorities and his plans for moving the ATA federation forward. At this year’s meeting, MTAC will […]

Feds roll out Phase 2 of greenhouse gas reduction mandate

The Obama administration rolled out the final version of its Phase 2 rule on greenhouse gas emissions from heavy- and medium-duty trucks Aug. 16, with top administration officials saying the mandate will save 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide and other GHGs through the final rollout date of 2027. The long-anticipated rule was first […]

New Classes: Fall brake seminar schedule

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for fall 2016. Federal regulations require that any employee responsible for brake inspections, maintenance, service, or repairs on any commercial motor vehicle must understand the brake service or inspection task to be accomplished. The best way to do that is through […]

I-95 North lane closures, Waterford, Aug. 22 – 29

In order to perform an Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) operation, where a bridge section is built adjacent to its final location and moved into place quickly once constructed, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be implementing 34-hour lane closures on I-95 Northbound in Waterford. Interstate 95 northbound over Oil Mill Road in the town of […]

Safety Advisory: Battery-powered electronic smoking devices

Excerpt from FMCSA release: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this safety advisory to provide notice and information to owners and operators of CMVs concerning incidents that have occurred relating to the possession and use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, ecigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery […]

MTAC visits Nutmeg International

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited MTAC Board Member Alan Baumert at Nutmeg International Trucks’ Hartford location. Nutmeg International opened in September 1978. Their leasing arm, J.T.& S. Idealease was established in May 1983, for leasing and renting trucks across the region. Nutmeg/JT&S has since grown to five locations; three full service dealerships and […]

DOT proposes increases in rail, bus fares

From the Connecticut Post, with emphasis added. The state Department of Transportation is proposing to increase rail and bus fares to deal with $37 million in cuts from the new state budget that began on July 1. It’s proposing a 5 percent fare increase on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line, including the New […]

Industry asked to rank top concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2016 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is […]

Call on Washington Sept. 27 & 28

MTAC’s “Call on Washington” is scheduled for the last week of September. This annual event provides a great opportunity for MTAC members to meet with the Connecticut Congressional delegation to talk about issues that are important to the industry. Our message needs to be delivered by MTAC members directly to our elected officials and their […]