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FMCSA Certified Medical Examination forms

As a follow up to our post from Feb. 4, Certified Medical Examiners must now use the “new” revised Medical Long Form (MCSA-5875) and Medical Examination Certification (med card) (MCSA-5876). The “old” forms cannot be used any longer. As a reminder, MTAC has the new Certified Medical Examination forms available for sale, so contact the […]

New York Highway Use Tax fee reduction

This information submitted by the New York State Motor Truck Association. As of April 13, 2016, registering a truck for Highway Use Tax (HUT) will cost $1.50 per truck. As part of the recently enacted New York State budget, the $15 HUT Certificate of Registration fee and the $4 HUT decal fee have been eliminated. Those […]

Sanitary Transportation of Food Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week issued its final rule establishing new requirements for the sanitary transportation of human and animal food by truck and rail, to guard against food contamination. The rule obligates shippers, loaders, rail and motor carriers and receivers engaged in food transportation and freight brokers when they initiate food […]

CVSA Roadcheck – Focus on Tires

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 29th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. International Roadcheck is a 72-hour period when approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial, territorial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform large truck and bus safety inspections. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial […]

Connecticut found lagging in highway investment

An excerpt from Hartford Business Journal article. Connecticut spends less than 20 cents of each dollar it collects in highway user fees to build and maintain its highways, a leading state trucking lobby says. The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut said Wednesday it reached that conclusion after reviewing available data from the Federal Highway Administration. […]

Expect I-95 closures between Old Lyme and East Lyme through April 22

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that construction activities related to the replacement of the Society Road bridge over I-95, between Old Lyme and East Lyme is expected to cause significant delays. The work is tentatively scheduled to occur during the following periods; Monday, April 4 through Friday April 8, 2016, and if needed […]

Traffic advisory for Cheshire, Connecticut (Route 70)

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation plans to resurface Route 70 (Academy Rd/S. Meriden Rd) from Route 10 to Cortland Circle. Portions of the road will be milled, starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 4, and continuing on April 5 – 8, starting at 6:30 a.m. Paving will begin at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 11, and will […]

MTAC testifies against revenue diversions

On March 18, 2016, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified in opposition to Raised Bill 453, which would divert revenue from the Special Transportation Fund. The bill proposes that 50% of revenue from fines issued for blocking an intersection in the three largest municipalities be remitted to the municipality in which it was issued. Currently, 100% […]

Safety recall issued by Volvo Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a bulletin based upon a safety recall initiated by Volvo Trucks affecting nearly 20,000 Class 8 motor vehicles, with more than 17,000 affected vehicles in the United States. FMCSA has become aware of a critical safety defect that could severely affect the safe operation of these vehicles […]

Transportation Lockbox bill passes committee

From The Hartford Courant. ‘Transportation Lockbox’ Bill Passes Committee — With Warning A measure to protect state transportation funds won a narrow victory Monday at a legislative committee, but Republican lawmakers made clear that they will sink it later on unless the wording becomes stronger. “People have raised the suspicion that this is just a […]