Workers comp insurance rates drop for third straight year

From Connecticut News Junkie. Continued reductions in workplace injuries and claims are two of the reasons that workers compensation insurance in Connecticut is getting less expensive for businesses. The National Council on Compensation Insurance, which analyzes and recommends rates in more than 40 states, asked for a 10.9 percent overall average rate reduction. Insurance Commissioner […]

OOIDA loses appeal in ELD case

Excerpt from Transport Topics article. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit denied the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s challenge to the federal electronic logging device mandate Oct. 31. OOIDA had asked the court to vacate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule, which was issued in December 2015 and is scheduled to […]

ABS Seminar on Nov. 17

There is still room to attend the last brakes seminar of the year! There is an ABS Seminar that will be taught at the MTAC building on Nov. 17. Federal regulations require that any employee responsible for brake inspections, maintenance, service, or repairs on any commercial motor vehicle must understand the brake service or inspection task […]

MTAC selects Fleet Screen to run drug and alcohol testing consortium

MTAC is pleased to announce that we have selected a new partner to run our drug and alcohol testing consortium. MTAC’s new partner, Fleet Screen, will save members significant time and money. A move to Fleet Screen will result in a nearly 20% reduction in per-test drug test costs to members. Additionally, members will save […]

Election of MTAC officers and directors

The MTAC membership, at its annual meeting on Oct. 27, elected the following individuals to serve as officers, beginning Jan. 1, 2017: ATA State VP (one-year term) – Bob Hamilton, Bozzutos Chairman of the Board (two-year term) – John Pruchnicki, Coastal Carriers 1st Vice Chairman (two-year term) – Ed Michaels, American Transportation & Logistics 2nd […]

Annual meeting wrap-up

MTAC had a successful 96th Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, Conn. Many thanks to our keynote speaker Chris Spear, president & CEO of American Trucking Associations. MTAC also greatly appreciates our seminar presenters, including Chris Henry, FMCSA division administrator for Connecticut; Rick LaRose, tax unit assistant manager for the Connecticut […]

Interstate trucks don’t get “free” ride on Connecticut highways

The Hartford Business Journal published this letter to the editor written by MTAC President Joe Sculley. Dear Editor: I am writing to clarify one point that was made in your Q&A with Congressman John Larson, which was published (“Larson: $10B tunnel plan to reshape Greater Hartford”) on Oct. 17. In response to one question, Congressman […]

Innovation key to Paine’s trash-hauling evolution

Excerpt from Hartford Business Journal article: Mike Paine’s family trash business has always been ahead of its time. Looking for ways to be frugal at the start of the Great Depression, Paine’s grandfather Albert, a farmer, came up with an idea to collect garbage from two private schools. In those days — before processed and […]

FMCSA to simplify process for veterans to get CDL

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last week announced its final rule intended to assist the transition of military personnel to civilian careers as truck drivers by simplifying the learner permit and driver license process. The final rule extends the period of time for applying for a skills test waiver […]

Route 11 project given a death notice

Excerpt from New London Day article: After millions of dollars and decades of studies, design work, lobbying by local officials, debate over whether it’s needed and the impacts it would have, the proposal to extend Route 11 beyond its abrupt end in Salem is dead. The official death notice came earlier this month in the […]