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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 […]

2016 Truck Driving Championship results

The 2016 Connecticut Truck Driving Championship was held on Saturday, June 11 at FedEx Freight in Windsor Locks. Here are the results of all the trophy classes, and winners of other special awards. Congratulations to all winners! Step Van: 3rd place: Andrew Tenney, FedEx Express; 2nd place: Seth Eaton, FedEx Express; 1st place: Glen Cooke, […]

Stratford-based trucker is state’s grand champion

An excerpt from the Connecticut Post. They’re calling him the Grand Champion of Connecticut truckers. Tony Spero, of Stratford-based ABF Freight, drove home with the top award in the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut’s Truck Driving Championship. According to an MTAC release, “the Grand Champion is the driver who has the highest combined score from […]

Thank you TDC sponsors and volunteers!

By all accounts, the 2016 Truck Driving Championship was a success. That is due to the work of the TDC Committee, comprised of Roland Bolduc, Keith Herzig, Jim Hosey, Ron Newman, and Ben Zadrozny. There were also many volunteers that day who served as judges, scorekeepers, and those who cooked on the grill. Additionally, donations […]

Connecticut diesel tax decreases July 1

Effective July 1, 2016, Connecticut’s per-gallon diesel fuel tax rate will decrease to 41.7 cents per gallon, which is down from the current rate of 50.3 cents per gallon. The state diesel tax rate is comprised of two components. One is a base rate of 29 cents per gallon. The second component is calculated annually, […]