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Reopen Connecticut – Best public health practices

From the State of Connecticut. The State of Connecticut is taking some important steps to reopen and get back to work as we enter Phase 2 on June 17th and more businesses are able to welcome customers. By working together and practicing social distancing when possible, we have seen some changes in data that allow […]

Crash Preventability Determination Program changes to SMS

Motor carriers participating in FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Determination Program (CPDP) will see their Safety Measurement System (SMS) information change within 60 days after the Agency’s determinations. FMCSA will continue to list all crashes on the SMS Website. However, crashes determined to be Not Preventable through the CPDP will appear in a separate table titled “Reviewed […]

Class 8 Sales in May fall to lowest point since 2011

From Transport Topics. U.S. Class 8 retail sales in May tumbled 62.5% — during the heart of the novel coronavirus pandemic — to just above 9,000 compared with a year earlier, WardsAuto.com reported. Truck sales hit 9,165 for the month, compared with 24,424 a year earlier, according to Wards. May notched the lowest sales since […]

Lamont says state employee unions won’t postpone raises

From CT Mirror. Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday that the state employees’ bargaining coalition has rejected his call for workers to forgo raises owed them at month’s end and help the state cope with financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would have put it off, and I think we should put it off,” […]

EPA Webinar: Plugging In – Electric Trucks in the Northeast

Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ET Register Online The Clean Freight Work Group of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative (NEDC) invites you to an interactive session to get ready for electric truck technology. We will cover the current state and outlook for technology and charging infrastructure, as well as what we […]

Hours of Service changes

A change in federal Hours of Service (HOS) regulations was announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Many MTAC members have been waiting for these changes, as they impact business and scheduling. In the next few weeks, we will be covering these changes, in segments, as to better understand how they could impact […]

Recommendations for professional drivers entering areas of social unrest

From American Trucking Associations (ATA). The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC) provides the following recommendations for professional drivers and motor carriers operating in areas of protest and social unrest. The ongoing protests across our nation has put the trucking industry and professional drivers on the […]

Senate passes bill to fix PPP loan program, sends to Trump for signature

From MSN. The Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that seeks to fix the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides direct relief to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., asked for a unanimous consent vote Wednesday evening and received no objection hours after Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., objected to […]

ATRI: Participate in annual operational costs data collection

The American Transportation Research Institute today issued a call for motor carriers to participate in ATRI’s annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. Now in its 12th year, ATRI’s annual Operational Costs of Trucking collects cost information derived directly from trucking fleets and owner-operators and is among the most requested ATRI research studies. […]

Highway protests impact commercial trucking

Yesterday, a truck owned by a MTAC member company, which was carrying hazardous material, was caught in the middle of a protest on a highway in Connecticut. Protesters began climbing on the truck, including on top of the tank trailer, where some protesters were reportedly smoking cigarettes. MTAC received several questions from members about how […]