Bolduc of FedEx Express wins 2017 National Truck Driving Championship crown

From Transport Topics: When Roland Bolduc heard that the winner of this year’s National Truck Driving Championships was from Massachusetts, his jaw almost dropped to the floor. Bolduc had just been named the winner of the sleeper berth class at the awards banquet after three days of competition. And, a few minutes later, he heard […]

I-84 E – Exit 25 off-ramp & Reidville Drive opens Aug. 22

From Connecticut Department of Transportation: Beginning Tuesday night, Aug. 22, the I-84 eastbound exit 25 off-ramp and Reidville Drive [near Waterbury] will shift to their new alignment; the existing eastbound exit 25 off-ramp and western portion of Reidville Drive will close permanently. The entrance to the new I-84 eastbound exit 25 off-ramp will begin soon after […]

Industry asked to rank top concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2017 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations, asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its […]

Coming Soon – MTAC Annual Meeting Registration

Save the date! On Thursday, Oct. 26, the 97th MTAC Annual Meeting will be held at a new location. This year’s meeting will be at the Four Points Sheraton in Meriden, Connecticut. The Four Points is a beautiful facility with ample room for indoor and outdoor exhibits, breakout meetings, networking, and more. Attendees will have […]

New brake training classes

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for fall of 2017. 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 […]

Truck, rail regulators withdraw sleep apnea proposal

From Transport Topics. Despite noting lingering concerns about the potential dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, federal regulators announced plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information on the potential for adopting standards to assess risks associated with transportation workers in safety sensitive positions diagnosed with apnea. The announcement, planned for […]

FMCSA adds 12 violations to SMS, updates website

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) added 12 violations to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to give large truck and bus companies a more complete picture of their safety performance. This update aligns with recent changes to FMCSA’s roadside inspection collection software and builds on efforts to […]

FMCSA guidance – States may accept learner’s permit applications from out-of-state drivers

From Overdrive Online: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing regulatory guidance to clarify that states can choose to accept out-of-state commercial learner’s permit (CLP) applications and administer the general knowledge test to out-of-state applicants. In a notice to be published in the Federal Register Thursday, Aug. 3, FMCSA says the state administering the […]

IRS webinar on Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (Form 2290)

Payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax, reported on the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (IRS Form 2290), is due Aug. 31. The IRS has asked us to spread the word that it will be giving a webinar on preparing and filing 2290s on Aug. 15 and 16, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET both […]

Inclement weather and over-dimensioned moves

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has revised their policy regarding the movement of over-dimensioned loads as it pertains to inclement weather. MTAC worked with CT DOT during the crafting of the new policy. The changes will provide clarity as to when moves can or cannot be made during inclement weather, in order to […]