Start of 2020 UCR registration period delayed

From Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan. The start of the 2020 UCR registration period is delayed until further notice while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes its rulemaking process on fee levels for next year. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on August 27. Once the final rulemaking is published later […]

House Democrats counter with trucks-only tolls

Except from CT Mirror article. The House Democratic proposal would be more expensive for trucks than Lamont’s most recent plan to toll trucks and cars. It would mirror the tolls charged trucks in New York, where the EZ-pass rates range from $11.06 for a two-axle truck to $84.52 for a seven-axle vehicle. The rationale for […]

Democratic plan scraps cars and proposes truck-only tolls

Excerpt from Hartford Courant article. The state’s leading trucking association was strongly opposed to Tuesday’s compromise — as well as previous tolling plans. “As the trucking industry already pays the diesel tax, the petroleum gross receipts tax, and vehicle registration fees, tolls would be a fourth tax for the privilege of using what we have […]

House Dems back truck-only tolls, tell Lamont to scrap car tolls

Excerpt from CT News Junkie article. “We look forward to reviewing the House Democrats’ proposal in-depth,” Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven, said Tuesday. “Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are reviewing several different options, and we look forward to discussing all ideas with the governor and leaders from both parties. Also, since our caucus meeting with Governor […]

MTAC to launch magazine; published by Matthews Publishing Group

MTAC is pleased to announce a new partnership with Matthews Publishing Group (MPG) for the publication of a new MTAC magazine, which will be called The Transportation Professional. The first issue is expected to be published in the early spring of 2020. MPG will also publish MTAC’s annual membership directory. Matthews Publishing Group will bring […]

Clearinghouse query plans now available for purchase

Employers of CDL drivers can now purchase a query plan in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Purchasing a query plan enables employers, and their designated consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs), to conduct queries for all current and potential new employees, as required per § 382.701. This requirement includes owner-operators (drivers who own their own business and […]

SmartWay New and Prospective Partner Orientation: Tips for a rewarding partnership experience

From the United States Environmental Protection Agency. If your company recently joined SmartWay, if you are the new SmartWay contact for your company or if you are simply interested in learning more about the program, this webinar is for you. SmartWay staff will give a quick introduction and review how the program helps carriers, logistics […]

Critics praise Lamont’s transportation plan — except the tolls

Excerpt from Middletown Press. Lamont, asked whether there were any Republican supporters, quipped that he’s not sure the plan has any supporters at all — but that the state needs to make it happen. Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of CT which represents Connecticut-based trucking companies, also expressed skepticism that any toll […]

MTAC members earn insurance dividends for second consecutive year

Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) qualifying members are set to receive $138,377 in dividends for the 2017 plan year through the property and casualty insurance “Safety Group” underwritten by Acadia Insurance.  This is the second consecutive year that dividends will be paid directly back to program participants. More than $630,000 in dividends have been […]

There is no such thing as a ‘temporary’ toll

Op Ed in CT Mirror by MTAC President Joe Sculley. Reports continue to come out about a revamped push for tolls, and reportedly this time they will be “limited” to bridges. There are claims about bridge tolls being removed once the costs of a bridge repair are paid for, which is very hard to believe. […]