New brake training classes

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for spring of 2018. Federal regulations require that any employee responsible for brake inspections, maintenance, service, or repairs on any commercial motor vehicle must understand the brake service or inspection task to be accomplished. The best way to do that is […]

Ray Martinez confirmed as FMCSA administrator

From Transport Topics. The Senate on Feb. 13 easily confirmed Ray Martinez to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as the Trump administration promotes a comprehensive infrastructure funding proposal. As the country’s top trucking regulator, Martinez will oversee a revamp of a safety performance scoring program agency-wide, as well as advancements in autonomous vehicle […]

Connecticut Dems pan Trump infrastructure plan

From CT Mirror. Washington – President Donald Trump rolled out his long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, which was quickly panned by Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers, who are backing a rival proposal. Both plans face major challenges on the road to becoming reality. The basics of Trump’s plan to shore up the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail and broadband include […]

March 22 ELD class presented by Omnitracs and Verizon Telematics

MTAC is pleased to announce an upcoming class on the Electronic Logging Device rule, presented by MTAC members Omnitracs and Verizon Telematics. The date of April 1, 2018 at which point law enforcement will begin issuing Out Of Service (OOS) orders for non-compliance with the ELD rule is fast approaching. Attend this presentation to get […]

Extension of regional emergency declaration for heating fuels

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its regional emergency declaration until 11:59 PM February 28, 2018. This means that the Hours of Service waiver for the interstate transportation of home heating fuels only is in effect until that date. It should be noted that FMCSA’s waiver does not cover the transportation of […]

Trump to unveil outline of infrastructure plan Feb. 12

From Transport Topics. Details of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that would propose funding for rural projects and streamlining the permitting process will be unveiled by President Donald Trump on Feb. 12, a White House official told Transport Topics. The regulatory process for projects would be reduced from 10 years to two years in the […]

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Malloy offers sermon on fairness; pushes agenda

From CT Post. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday offered a sermon on fairness, using his final State of the State address to push back at President Donald Trump’s policies and boost his own agenda and legacy. “We find ourselves at a defining moment in our history, as a state and as a nation,” Malloy […]

Malloy wants tolls, 7 cent hike in gas tax

From CT Post. Motorists would navigate under dozens of overhead toll gantries along state highways throughout Connecticut under a funding plan for transportation that would also raise the state’s gasoline tax to 39 cents from 25 cents per gallon over the next few years. While legislative Republicans balked after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Wednesday morning […]

Need better answer than tolls

Letter to the editor by Axel Carrion, UPS. If you tax people, you will raise money. That’s the gist of The Hartford Courant’s Jan. 12 editorial: “How To Pay For Roads? Tolls, Obviously” [courant.com]. The editorial doesn’t address the consequences of tolls: the double taxation of drivers who pay fuel taxes, the impact on Connecticut […]

DOT pension, healthcare costs grow nearly $30 million in three years as state projects are put on hold

From Yankee Institute. Pension and healthcare costs for employees with the Department of Transportation grew nearly $30 million over three years, increasing operating costs for Connecticut’s beleaguered Special Transportation Fund. According to figures from the State Comptroller’s Office, between 2014 and 2017 state pension contributions increased $20.9 million, while healthcare costs increased $8.8 million. Some […]