Entries by MTAC Staff

ATA’s Spear: Autonomous trucks hold promise

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: Autonomous truck technology holds the potential to enhance safety, efficiency and productivity in the trucking industry, but its successful deployment hinges on regulations that help rather than hinder it, said Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations. While the widespread adoption of highly automated trucks is still many years […]

Connecticut DMV accepting medical certifications via email

In response to requests from MTAC, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has created an email address that Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders can use to submit their medical certifications to the state. The new email address is DMV.CDL@ct.gov, and the sender simply needs to attach a .pdf file of their medical certification to […]

Bestpass surpasses $450 Million in toll volume, completes national tolling solution

From Bestpass blog post: Bestpass, Inc., a company that provides single-source payment and streamlined toll management services to commercial fleets, reached several significant milestones in 2016, including expanding toll coverage to include Oklahoma and completing the first truly national tolling solution for commercial fleets; hiring 13 new employees; and adding more than 1,000 new accounts […]

That bubbling sound coming from US factories may be inflation

Except from Transport Topics via Bloomberg: Champagne wasn’t the only thing bubbling at the start of 2017 for U.S. manufacturers. So was inflation, a potential warning sign in an otherwise broadly positive report on American factories. The Institute for Supply Management said Jan. 3 that its index of manufacturing increased for a fourth straight month, […]

UCRA fees may decrease for 2018

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter The Unified Carrier Registration Agreement is established by law so that the program produces only a certain amount of revenue in motor carrier fees for the participating states. If the fees in effect produce more revenue than that limit, the law says the fees are to be reduced accordingly. […]

E-Screening pilot project study

Last week, MTAC President Joe Sculley participated in a Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) Study Committee meeting on a virtual electronic screening (e-screening) and weigh-in-motion pilot project. The Study Committee is undertaking a year-long study that will identify the technological resources, solutions, and costs for a pilot installation of license plate reader (LPR), […]

Trump’s DOT pick outlines priorities for agency

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The effective enforcement of safety, repairing critical infrastructure and expediting the permitting process are priorities at the U.S. Department of Transportation that Elaine Chao said she will address if confirmed as transportation secretary in the Trump administration. “Given the nation’s need to improve critical infrastructure, it is important to find […]

EPA plans proposal for reducing NOx emissions by 2024

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Environmental Protection Agency said Dec. 20 that it is beginning work on a proposed rule that would set new standards to reduce oxides of nitrogen for heavy-duty engines beginning model year 2024, the same year a provision kicks in for the agency’s heavy-duty Phase 2 greenhouse-gas program. The announcement […]

IRS backs off taxing dollies

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter By a memorandum from the Office of the Chief Counsel dated December 6, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it is “re-evaluating” its recent shift in position on the application of the 12 percent federal excise tax to converter gear (dollies or auxiliary axles). For nearly thirty years, […]

Truck Driving Championship Committee recruiting new members

The MTAC Truck Driving Championship (TDC) Committee is recruiting new members! The TDC Committee is comprised of several volunteers from member companies, as well as retired “industry veterans,” who play very important roles for the TDC. The TDC Committee will spearhead items such as: drafting and finalizing the written exam, designing the skills course, procuring […]