Connecticut truck drivers have the 8th highest salary in U.S.

From The Hour via Business Insider. Truck driver salaries have been on the up and up for some truckers in 2018. Nearly 50% of all truckers in the National Transportation Institute’s quarterly survey on trucker pay received salary bumps in 2018, according to Gordon Klemp, principal of the National Transportation Institute. Last year, only 11% […]

FMCSA to study use of statistical modeling to determine carrier interventions

From FreightWaves. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has agreed to implement a series of actions as it works toward the possible implementation of an Item Response Theory (IRT) approach to identifying at-risk carriers for intervention. IRT is a data-driven approach that has been used in other settings, such as ranking hospitals, says Science […]

Getting There: Targeting truckers wrong way to address Connecticut traffic woes

From New Haven Register. “Why don’t we just ban all trucks from our interstate highways in rush hour?” A mayor of a small Fairfield County town recently asked me this question. He’s a smart guy who obviously had given a lot of thought to resolving our traffic woes and believed he had the answer to […]

MTAC visits Environmental Services Inc.

Late last week, MTAC President Joseph Sculley visited member company Environmental Services Inc (ESI). ESI’s staff of over 70 employees includes project managers, supervisors, compliance and regulatory personnel, equipment operators, skilled craftsmen, and field technicians with multiple years of experience in emergency response, site remediation, hazardous waste management; as well as backgrounds in the petroleum […]

State senator files injunction against bonding for Malloy’s toll study

From WTNH. A Connecticut state senator is working to stop bonded funds from being used for a $10 million toll study. On Tuesday, State Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) filed the injunction in Connecticut’s Superior Court to stop the funding for a study on possible electronic highway tolls in the state. “It’s up to the General […]

Why the trucking shortage is costing you

From Transport Topics via Bloomberg. A shortage of truck drivers that has been simmering in the United States for years has reached a full boil, causing anxiety from small factories to the Federal Reserve. Trucking companies have responded by raising wages and boosting their hauling fees. Their customers then have to choose between smaller profits […]

Trucks do contribute to maintaining roads

MTAC President Joseph Sculley’s Letter to the Editor of New London Day. The Day is now the fourth Connecticut newspaper to print an opinion piece claiming that out-of-state trucks travel through Connecticut for free. This is not true. In your editorial, “Tolling only viable choice to pay for Connecticut’s transportation needs,” (July 20), you wrote, […]

Dan Haar: Truck-only tolls not how Connecticut should roll

From New Haven Register. The question is, can Connecticut follow Rhode Island’s lead in levying the road charges on big trucks only? In the end, it’s a bad idea that won’t fly, isn’t fair and would not solve the state’s transportation revenue problems. “Things that increase the cost of the trucking industry reverberate through the […]

State trucking association pushes back against need for tolls in Connecticut

From FreightWaves. While proponents of tolling, including Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D), continue to push the installation of tolls on the state’s highways, the president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) says a new $10 million study is money that could better be used elsewhere. “Several toll studies have already been done,” Joe […]

EPA reverses course, will enforce rule limiting production of glider trucks

From Transport Topics. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has reversed a controversial decision made earlier this month that would have allowed the proliferation of glider kit trucks until the end of 2019. In a July 26 memo to the agency’s enforcement chief, Susan Bodine, Wheeler said a “no-action assurance” order blocking enforcement […]