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Attention clean diesel stakeholders – Conn. DERA solicitation open now

From CT DEEP. EPA is providing funding to Connecticut for clean diesel projects. The 2020 program is very similar to the 2019 program with regard to eligibility and the maximum incentives available for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) projects. A complete list of eligible projects is provided in the 2020 Guidance for State DERA Project […]

Trucking industry economy outpaces US economy as capacity tightens

From Transport Topics. Trucking is providing one of the few bright spots to the flagging U.S. economy as tight capacity and a driver shortage push contract and spot rates higher across vans, flatbeds and refrigerated trucks. DAT Solutions said van spot load rates in September were up 28.8% compared with a year ago. They have […]

Occidental: US oil production already passed peak

From Transport Topics. America’s oil production will never again reach the record 13 million barrels a day set earlier this year, just before the pandemic devastated global demand, according to Occidental Petroleum Corp. “It’s just going to be too difficult to replace the 2 million barrels a day of production that we’ve lost, and then […]

Deck replacement project at Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (I-84)

From New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA). The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) today announced the start of the full deck replacement project on the north (westbound) span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, as well as new traffic patterns that will take effect by mid-December. Once the multi-year project is complete, drivers will experience a […]

NHTSA: Fatalities involving large trucks remain relatively unchanged

From Fleet Owner. Fatalities in crashes involving at least one heavy commercial truck showed relatively no change, decreasing from 5,006 in 2018 to 5,005 in 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On Oct. 1 NHTSA released a preview of 2019 data from the Fatality […]

Trucker pay increasing as driver shortage grows, industry capacity tightens

From Transport Topics. As capacity tightens in the trucking industry, some carriers are beginning to announce pay hikes. While the frequency of these increases are not yet nearing the rapid pace of hikes the industry saw during the busy year of 2018, some industry watchers said they would not be surprised to see more jumps. […]

Understand Hours of Service regulations

From FMCSA. FMCSA’s Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS) helps motor carriers and drivers better understand the HOS regulations going into effect on September 29, 2020. When drivers and carriers enter their duty statuses into the web-based log below, ETHOS will identify where potential violations of the following rules may have occurred: 11-hour driving […]

Insurance challenges for small trucking companies

One of the biggest expenses for a small business trucking company is insurance. Unfortunately, there are signals that this cost will only be increasing. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) found that insurance premiums increased by 12 percent to 8.4 cents per mile in 2018. MTAC members should participate in the […]

Connecticut DMV and FMCSA announcements on credential extensions

The Connecticut DMV has published a document which clarifies the timelines of their recent actions regarding extended credentials (CDLs, IRP registrations, non-IRP registrations, etc). Rather than having extensions that are valid for 90 days or 180 days, the new document provides dates for all credentials covered by their extensions. Specifically: Credentials that expired between March […]

CHRO extends sexual harassment prevention training deadline

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 7DDD, as amended by Executive Order 9A, the Oct. 1st Sexual Harassment Prevention Training deadline has been extended to January 1, 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is a blanket extension and does not require a request to […]