Trucks-only tolling back on table, top lawmakers say

From CT Post. Unable to secure enough support to pass a plan for widespread tolling on the state’s major highways, top Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Ned Lamont are now discussing ideas they previously rejected: tolling trucks only and placing tolls on select bridges in need of repair. “There has been discussion back and forth where […]

Economist Noel Perry warns of more shutdowns after LME padlocks doors

From Transport Topics. One of the trucking industry’s leading economists says the abrupt shutdown of New Brighton, Minnesota-based carrier LME Inc. is an indication that trucking companies that are poorly run could be in deep trouble if the economy slows. “There is no question industry conditions are not nearly as strong as they were a […]

Senators aim for five-year highway bill before August recess

From Transport Topics. The first version of what could become the country’s next major highway policy bill will be unveiled in the Senate prior to Congress’ recess in August, surface transportation policymakers announced July 10. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee intends to consider a five-year highway bill, kicking off reauthorization of the FAST […]

MTAC selects Bouvier Insurance as agent for Acadia Insurance program

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) is pleased to announce that they have selected Bouvier Insurance as the sponsoring agent for their dividend-paying Safety Group insurance program, which is run in conjunction with Acadia Insurance. “We are thrilled to have a great new partner with Bouvier Insurance,” said MTAC President Joe Sculley. “They have […]

Connecticut diesel fuel taxes climb second year in a row

From CT Mirror. Truck drivers and other motorists who buy diesel fuel in Connecticut began paying an extra 2.6 cents per gallon this week — their second increase in two summers. The Department of Revenue Services set the new rate on July 1 at 46.5 cents per gallon, up from 43.9 cents one year ago […]

Gasoline taxes are on the rise — just not in Connecticut

From CT Mirror. Connecticut motorists haven’t faced a gasoline tax increase in six years and only two in the past 12. … “The gasoline tax simply does not provide the reliable revenue we need, period,” Lamont said when he made his first pitch for tolls back in February. “Gasoline tax revenues have been flat for […]

White House likely to send USMCA trade deal to Congress after Sept. 1, sources say

From CNBC. The White House plans to send its replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement to Congress after Sept. 1, setting up a vote by the end of the year, sources told CNBC. The White House could submit the bill to Congress as soon as this week to start the approval process. House […]

In Waterford, I-395 Southbound closures July 19 – 29

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that activities related to The Rehabilitation of Bridge No. 00255, I-395 over Route 85 in the town of Waterford are expected to cause significant delays. The work is tentatively scheduled to occur during the following period: Friday, July 19 through Monday, July 29. Motorists are advised to avoid […]

Connecticut diesel tax increases July 1

Under Connecticut law, the per gallon diesel tax may be adjusted up or down effective July 1 of every year, depending on a couple of factors. This year, the rate will increase to 46.5 cents per gallon. The state diesel tax rate is comprised of two components. One is a base rate of 29 cents […]

Brake Safety Week is Sept. 15-21

From CVSA. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week is scheduled for Sept. 15-22. Throughout that week, enforcement officials will conduct roadside safety inspections on commercial motor vehicles throughout North America. Vehicles with critical brake violations, or other critical vehicle inspection item violations, will be restricted from traveling until those violations are corrected. […]