Connecticut DMV updates availability of services

As the state begins to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has announced changes regarding the availability of some of the services they provide. Select services are now offered by appointment only. Those services include issuance of new licenses and IDs, license and ID renewals, out of state license and registration transfers, and CDL upgrades. Registration services (new registrations) will begin on June 30, 2020, in Wethersfield, Willimantic, and Danbury locations. Appointments can be made by visiting the DMV website portal.

CT DMV is also reminding customers that some services are offered online. They include: registration renewal, registration and license status, registration cancellation, emissions test late fees, etc. Access online DMV services on their website.

The June 23 announcement from CT DMV is available as a PDF.

MTAC drug and alcohol testing program

The administrator of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program, Fleet Screen, was recently acquired by DISA Global Solutions. As part of this transition, a new online platform is being rolled out for use by members in the drug and alcohol testing program. Training sessions for the new online platform are being offered over the next couple of weeks.

The message below from Fleet Screen and DISA announcing training sessions is being sent to members in MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program. MTAC members in the drug and alcohol testing program are encouraged to participate in a training session, because the new online platform will be used for various aspects of communication regarding the drug and alcohol testing process, including, but not limited to, reporting results.

MTAC is also engaged in discussions with DISA Global Solutions about potentially offering additional products and services to MTAC members in the future.

Please contact the MTAC office with any questions.

Message from Fleet Screen & DISA

As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver the best service possible to you, our loyal clients, FleetScreen will be transitioning onto DISA’s AWSI platform in July. Online training will be available beginning on Monday June 22 with three additional sessions available in English over the course of that week as well as a session available in Spanish on June 23. A recorded version of this training will be made available online for your review.

DISA’s AWSI Platform Client Training

Details including dial-in numbers and access codes were sent to MTAC members via email on June 19.

  • Monday, June 22 at Noon CT
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 10 a.m. CT (Spanish Session)
  • Tuesday, June 23 at Noon CT
  • Thursday, June 25 at 10 a.m. CT
  • Monday, June 29 at Noon CT

FMCSA reverses course, extends Med Card waiver extension

A couple of weeks ago, MTAC reported (based on word from FMCSA) that the agency would not be extending the medical card waiver beyond June 30, 2020. This week, FMCSA has reversed course, and extended the medical card waiver until September 30, 2020.

In their notice, FMCSA states that “… many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. Consequently, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).” The notice adds, “Consistent with the statutory requirements for waivers, FMCSA has determined that it is in the public interest to grant a waiver, limited in scope and circumstances, that is likely to achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained in the absence of the waiver, until September 30, 2020.” A copy of the notice from FMCSA is available as a PDF.

MTAC urges members who are still able, to have a physical completed by a Certified Medical Examiner (CME). Drivers should not let their medical cards expire solely because of this waiver. This waiver is meant for drivers who are truly unable to get an appointment with a CME.

Members can use this FMCSA website to search for Certified Medical Examiners in Connecticut who are qualified to perform the physical examinations. Additionally, once the driver has obtained medical certification, the medical cards (short form) must be submitted to Connecticut DMV using this website.

Waterbury Mixmaster project to close lanes on I-84, Route 8

From CT Post.

Ongoing work with the rehabilitation of the “Mixmaster” in Waterbury will required lane closures on I-84 and Route 8.

The $153 million project consists of the rehabilitation of numerous bridges located within the Route 8 and I-84 interchange.

The project won’t be finished until September 2022.

Lane closures on I-84 eastbound will begin on Sunday and will continue every Sunday through Friday night.

See the complete article from CT Post online.

Load restriction still in effect for Stevenson Dam Bridge (Route 34)

From CT Post.

A load restriction of 15 tons will be enforced along Route 34 at the Stevenson Dam Bridge until repairs on the roadway in the area are complete.

Route 34 carries traffic over the Housatonic River between Monroe and Oxford.

The load restriction was decided on by the state Department of Transportation and announced by Monroe police and the Derby City Clerk’s Office.

The restriction to 15 tons applies to all vehicles and will remain in place “until needed repairs are designed and completed,” the DOT alert said.

See the article from CT Post online.

Reopen Connecticut – Best public health practices

From the State of Connecticut.

The State of Connecticut is taking some important steps to reopen and get back to work as we enter Phase 2 on June 17th and more businesses are able to welcome customers. By working together and practicing social distancing when possible, we have seen some changes in data that allow us to move ahead. As we slowly adjust to this new normal, it is important to continue to take this virus seriously and protect ourselves, our families and our community from a second wave of COVID-19. Please remember to:

  • Wash Your Hands Often
  • Wear a Mask when indoors and around others
  • Get Tested if you show any symptoms, such as fever or shortness of breath
  • Clean & Disinfect your workspaces
  • Check on your loved ones often, especially if they are isolated

We have recently reorganized our www.ct.gov/coronavirus site to make new information easier to find including guidelines for businesses, childcare for parents and assistance available to residents. You can also check our CT Covid-19 Response Facebook page for latest updates. Additional information can also find more information on the CDC website.

View best practices on how to protect yourself and others.

Crash Preventability Determination Program changes to SMS

Motor carriers participating in FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the Agency’s determinations. FMCSA will continue to list all crashes on the SMS Website. However, crashes determined to be Not Preventable through the CPDP will appear in a separate table titled “Reviewed – Not Preventable Crashes.” In addition, crashes found to be Not Preventable by the CPDP will not be included in the carrier’s Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) measure and percentile.

Crashes determined to be Preventable and Undecided will be included in the display on SMS with notations that read, “Reviewed – Preventable: FMCSA reviewed this crash and determined that it was Preventable” or “Reviewed – Undecided: FMCSA reviewed this crash and could not make a preventability determination based on the evidence provided.” These crashes will be included in the Crash Indicator BASIC measures and percentiles. Crashes reviewed as part of the Agency’s previous demonstration program continue to be listed and continue to be included in the Crash Indicator BASIC.

For more information, please visit the Crash Preventability Determination Program page. The website includes a detailed submitter guide explaining how to submit Requests for Data Review in DataQs, an eligibility guide for the 16 crash types, frequently asked questions, and more.

Class 8 Sales in May fall to lowest point since 2011

From Transport Topics.

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in May tumbled 62.5% — during the heart of the novel coronavirus pandemic — to just above 9,000 compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto.com reported.

Truck sales hit 9,165 for the month, compared with 24,424 a year earlier, according to Wards. May notched the lowest sales since 9,712 in February 2011.

Year-to-date sales were 69,379 compared with 111,332 in the 2019 period.

Market leader Freightliner posted a 33.9% share. Freightliner is a brand of Daimler Trucks North America.

Four other truck brands vied closely for sales and earned market shares, respectively, of 13.9% at Kenworth Truck Co., 13% at International, 12.2% at Peterbilt Motors Co. and 11.8% at Volvo Trucks North America.

Read the full article at the Transport Topics website.

Lamont says state employee unions won’t postpone raises

From CT Mirror.

Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that the state employees’ bargaining coalition has rejected his call for workers to forgo raises owed them at month’s end and help the state cope with financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would have put it off, and I think we should put it off,” Lamont said of the raises. “I think we’re in an economy where you’ve got close to 20% unemployment. I think you’re in an economy where you see a lot of people on furlough.”

Under the public health emergency declared in March, Lamont has sweeping powers to set aside state laws and regulations, but he said he has no authority to unilaterally abrogate a contract and postpone raises.

See the complete article from CT Mirror online.

EPA Webinar: Plugging In – Electric Trucks in the Northeast

Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET

Register Online

The Clean Freight Work Group of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative (NEDC) invites you to an interactive session to get ready for electric truck technology. We will cover the current state and outlook for technology and charging infrastructure, as well as what we in the Northeast can do to make adoption of these technologies by fleets and facilities viable and attractive. We look forward to a productive discussion with you!

Agenda:

  • Welcome – Abby Swaine, SmartWay and Clean Freight Programs, US EPA Region 1
  • Global Commercial Vehicle Drive To Zero Program — Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART
  • Run on Less: Electric Trucks in Regional Haul — Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, NACFE
  • New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program – Patrick Bolton, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA
  • New York City Clean Trucks Program – Susan McSherry, Alternative Fuels Director, NYCDOT
  • Q&A / Discussion