The Transportation Professional

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News Posts

Hartford rest stop planned for truckers & motorists

Connecticut has a well-documented shortage of safe areas where truck drivers can get the mandated rest they require. Pride Convenience Inc. from Massachusetts is responding with a proposal to build a retail rest stop in Hartford’s North Meadows area, adjacent to I-91. The facility will include ample parking for trucks and cars, as well as fuel, a […]

Don’t Overlook Job Descriptions for your Organization

Job descriptions are an essential component of any organization. Not only is it important that they are thorough and accurate when first crafted, it is also vital that they are kept up-to-date, as employee job functions may evolve. Inaccurate or outdated job descriptions can also negatively affect recruiting and productivity, are a detriment to the […]

Hartford I-84 Viaduct Replacement Project

The consultants working on the design of the I-84 viaduct replacement project are seeking input from the trucking industry. They are looking for volunteers from our industry to to provide input as they consider options. There are three purposes for the roundtable: To begin the process of connecting with freight interests on the Hartford I-84 viaduct project. To […]

Understanding Overweight Violations

From time to time, the question comes up regarding how the State of Connecticut considers fines for overweight vehicles. The information provided below is an overview on how the monetary value of the fine is determined. When a vehicle in Connecticut exceeds its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or its weight exceeds the registered weight, the […]

Trucking Moves America Forward

In 2014 alone, more than 80 percent of our nation’s freight was hauled by a truck. Whether the economy is chugging along or has hit a rough patch, trucking remains an integral part of our nation’s economy. Trucking is a vital transportation link not only for domestic goods but international products as well. With more than 7-million […]

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Connecticut 2015 Legislative Session Review

The 2015 Connecticut legislative session was a busy year for the General Assembly and consequently at Motor Transport Association of Connecticut. After being sworn in for his second term, Governor Malloy kicked open the doors of the State Capitol and began a very busy and historic session. After promising no tax increases, his budget eliminated exemptions […]

Riley Honored by State Trucking Association Managers

MTAC President Mike Riley – who will retire in January after 29 years of service to the association – received special recognition from his colleagues at their annual meeting in Florida, in early July. The American Trucking Associations’ Trucking Associations Executive Council (TAEC) presented him with the first annual TAEC Chairman’s Award of Excellence. In […]

FMCSA exemption from HOS 30-minute rest requirement

The recently released Federal Register announcement from FMCSA grants specialized carriers an exemption from the hours of service 30-minute rest requirement. Review the notice dated June 18, 2015 – [PDF] (Dock No. FMCSA-2014-0420 starts in the middle column.) Carriers transporting over-dimension, permitted loads, will not be required to take the 30-minute rest break required of other CDL […]

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General Assembly passes MTAC’s highest legislative priority

Connecticut House Bill No 6707 (Partial Version) [PDF] – An act concerning the loss of an operator license due to a drug or alcohol testing program and unemployment benefits. To prevent an employer’s base period account from being charged for unemployment benefits if the claimant has been discharged or suspended because the claimant lost his or her […]

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Diesel price drops 4.2 cents per gallon on July 1

The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services has released its annual calculation for the diesel fuel tax that will be in place for the next year. The tax will decrease from 54.5 cents to 50.3 cents per gallon. The cost of diesel fuel during the previous year is a factor used to calculate the future tax […]