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Reminder: Employers must conduct annual queries by Jan. 5

From FMCSA. If an employer has already conducted a query on all currently-employed CDL drivers, that employer has met the annual query requirement, and is not required to conduct a query for one year from the query date. Employers may also designate a consortium/third-part administrator (C/TPA) to conduct these queries on their behalf. Employers can […]

Biden introduces Buttigieg as transportation choice

From Transport Topics. Pete Buttigieg, the former Democratic presidential candidate as well as former mayor of South Bend, Ind., will be nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation under the Biden administration. In a statement announcing the pick, President-elect Joe Biden described Buttigieg as “a patriot and a problem-solver who speaks to the best […]

Trucks carry first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to hospitals

From Transport Topics. As the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine begin to ship, trucking experts on the ground level of the distribution effort said the logistical elements are in place for a successful rollout of an estimated 50 million doses of the vaccine between now and the end of January. “We have dedicated and […]

Negotiators near agreement on long-delayed COVID-19 aid bill

From Transport Topics. Top congressional leaders are closing in on an agreement on a long-delayed COVID-19 relief package, hoping to seal a deal as early as Dec. 16 that would extend aid to individuals and businesses and help ship coronavirus vaccines to millions. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a coauthor of a $908 billion bipartisan package, […]

MTAC’s Sculley elected to ATRI Research Advisory Committee

From ATRI. The American Transportation Research Institute today released the names of those individuals appointed by the ATRI Board of Directors to serve on the 2021-2022 Research Advisory Committee (RAC). Among other activities, ATRI’s RAC is responsible for annually identifying the top research priorities for the trucking industry. RAC members represent a diverse cross-section of […]

UPS says it can handle vaccine rollout, holiday parcel rush

From Transport Topics. UPS Inc. said it has the capacity to handle the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and an unprecedented holiday package rush this month after investments in automation, tracking technology and dry-ice production. The courier is the primary end-to-end distributor for Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine, as well as for kits to prepare the shots and […]

FedEx: Putting the speed in Operation Warp Speed

From The Daily Memphian. It’s FedEx’s time to shine — and by extension, Memphis’ time — when shipments of COVID-19 vaccines start moving from manufacturers to hospitals, clinics and pharmacies across America in latter December. A Dec. 3 visit by Vice President Mike Pence and top public health officials to the home turf of Memphis-based […]

Trucks already pay, don’t penalize these heroes with tolls

Letter to the Editor by MTAC President Joe Sculley. Paul Choiniere’s Nov. 29 column states, “But if those trucks gas up elsewhere, Connecticut will see no increased revenue from them, because Connecticut does not have tolls.” This is false, as I detailed in a previous letter to The Day, which the paper graciously published on […]

Will Connecticut legislators raise the gas tax?

From CT Mirror. With tolls off the table in 2021, state officials could look to gasoline tax hikes to salvage Connecticut’s imperiled transportation program. And while neither Gov. Ned Lamont nor legislators have proposed an increase, one of the arguments most frequently used to defeat it — Connecticut’s gas taxes are among the nation’s highest […]

FMCSA extends emergency declaration to Feb. 28

FMCSA has announced that they have expanded and extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on Dec. 31. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the Sept. 11 modified and extended declaration. The primary change […]