The Transportation Professional

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FMCSA extends HOS waiver through February amid COVID-19 concerns

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended regulatory waivers related to truckers’ allowable work time, citing public health concerns. The waiver associated with commercial drivers’ maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles was extended through Feb. 28. FMCSA explained, “although the number of COVID-19 cases began to decline in the U.S. following widespread […]

MTAC drug & alcohol testing consortium pricing update

MTAC would like to notify all participants in our drug and alcohol testing consortium of a price increase effective January 1, 2022. Please see letter below outlining the price increase. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Hutchings at MTAC or call (860) 520-4455. Dear Valued Customer, Effective January 1, 2022, DISA will be […]

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Trucking Litigation: Current climate and foreseeable trends in light of ATRI’s study on small verdicts

From MG+M The Law Firm By: Marissa L. Morte, Esq. Last year, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) published a comprehensive analysis on the notable increase in verdicts over $1 million in the trucking industry. ATRI’s 2020 study, Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry, received significant attention, ultimately prompting ATRI to […]

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Buttigieg, Landrieu lead White House Infrastructure Task Force

From Transport Topics. President Joe Biden has created a Cabinet-level task force that will set priorities and oversee implementation of the comprehensive $1 trillion infrastructure bill that he signed into law on Nov. 15. The Infrastructure Implementation Task Force — consisting of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and […]

Salary data for truck drivers and engine maintenance techs

Some MTAC members have recently asked if there is any benchmarking data available regarding compensation for both truck drivers, and engine maintenance technicians. There is – through data published by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. There is Connecticut-specific data, as well as data at the national level. As of May 2020, […]

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Ports report high volume as holiday shopping gears up

From Transport Topics. As the nation’s retailers and shoppers gear up for the holiday shopping sprint, two of the nation’s busiest ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, say they are making progress clearing up the tens of thousands of shipping containers that have been backlogged at their facilities. The Port of Los Angeles processed 902,644 […]

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USDOT awards $1B grants for infrastructure projects

From Transport Topics. Infrastructure projects around the country linked to freight and passenger networks were awarded nearly $1 billion in federal grants, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg indicated the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants would be tools to target nearly 90 projects in […]

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FMCSA presentation on ELDT rule

Senior officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will give a presentation to MTAC members on the Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rule via Zoom on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. The ELDT rule sets the baseline for training requirements for entry-level drivers. This includes those applying to: Obtain a Class A or […]

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Truck drivers’ right to access court despite arbitration agreements

From MG+M The Law Firm Some truck drivers involved in labor disputes with their employers may seek a remedy through court intervention. Many, however, will try to be barred from doing so as a result of arbitration agreements previously executed with their employers. But, can such agreements be used to prevent truck drivers from having […]

The UCR National Registration System

MTAC would like to remind members that the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement National Registration System is now accepting registrations for the 2022 registration year. If you operate a truck or bus in interstate or international commerce, or if you make the arrangements for the transportation of cargo and goods, the registration requirements of the […]