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FMCSA seeks approval to study driver commuting times

From Transport Topics: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget to study the safety effects of excessive motor carrier operator work commutes — primarily those exceeding 150 minutes. The 2015 FAST Act mandates that the agency submit a report of findings to Congress, according […]

Membership directory advertising opportunities

The Motor Transport Association of Connecticut is excited to announce its continued partnership with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce the upcoming Membership Directory. E&M will be contacting all of the members in the coming weeks about advertising opportunities in the Membership Directory. This gives you the chance to promote your business or practice while supporting […]

FMCSA to announce additional ELD transition guidance

From FMCSA. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that in advance of the Dec. 18, 2017 implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the […]

NTSB urges collision avoidance tech, data recorders in trucks

From Transport Topics. Collision avoidance technology in trucks could improve the safety of operators and everyone else on the road, according to Rob Molloy, director of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Office of Highway Safety. He made the comments Nov. 15 during NTSB’s mid-year progress report on its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List. The list was […]

No points against CSA score for ELD violation during phase-in period

From Overdrive Online Drivers who receive a violation for having no e-logging device between Dec. 18 and April 1 will not have points recorded against them in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier scoring system, safety officials said today at a public hearing in Birmingham, Ala. It was previously announced that those drivers also will not […]

DOT to add four opioids for transportation worker drug testing

From Transport Topics The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9. “Inclusion of these four semi-synthetic opioids is intended to help address the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse,” the announcement […]

ATRI recommends federal fuel tax increase

From Transport Topics The American Transportation Research Institute has determined that a federal fuel tax increase is the best option for achieving a large-scale infrastructure program. ATRI released its “Framework for Infrastructure Funding” on Nov. 8. The research found that other methods of generating revenue, such as mileage-based user fees and increased tolling systems, will […]

Private financing tool rejected in House tax bill

From Transport Topics Tax breaks designed to help the private sector finance infrastructure projects were not included in a Republican tax overhaul bill President Donald Trump would consider by the end of the year. The Republican-led tax-writing Ways and Means Committee shot down Nov. 8 a push by a Democrat that would have ensured that […]

Worker’s compensation rates to drop 14%

From Hartford Business Journal. Worker’s compensation insurance rates will be 14 percent lower starting Jan. 1, the Connecticut Insurance Department announced. It will be the fourth consecutive year of falling premiums, following drops of 11 percent, 3.9 percent and 6.3 percent in 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively. “The continued decrease is a result of the […]

Does my company need ELDs?

You will need to haveElectronic Logging Devices (ELDs) unless your operations are covered by an exemption. Here are the only exemptions from the ELD regulation: ELD Rule Exceptions The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required): Drivers who use paper logs no […]