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MTAC visits UPS

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited member company UPS. MTAC and UPS were joined by a couple of senior state legislators. In addition to individual package delivery, UPS also provides services for small businesses, mid to large size businesses, and customized solutions, among many other options. Check out their website and contact the MTAC office […]

Connecticut DEEP plans for VW settlement funds

The State of Connecticut is working on a mitigation plan to outline how it could use its portion of settlement funds from the Volkswagen emissions scandal. The settlement “establishes an Environmental Mitigation Trust (Trust) which will provide funds to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and federally recognized tribes, to implement actions […]

Reminder: Comply with medical examination regulations

*Failure to comply may ultimately result in an Out Of Service (OOS) order against a driver, which will negatively impact company safety ratings. Recently, both federal and state law enforcement officials have told MTAC that they have seen some CDL holders (and their employers) have difficulty complying with the federal regulation regarding physical examinations. These […]

Upgrade to oversize/overweight permit system

From CT Department of Transportation: The Connecticut Department of Transportation is announcing that it will be switching to a new, online permitting system for oversize/overweight vehicle permits. The new web-based system is expected to be more user friendly, more versatile and is compatible across many online platforms. To accomplish this switch, the existing system will […]

Does my company need ELDs?

Many MTAC members have recently asked if they will need Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). You will need to have 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 […]

Discuss state contracting process at MTAC Annual Meeting

MTAC is pleased to announce that senior staff from CT DMV will attend the MTAC Annual Meeting to run a breakout session regarding the state contracting process. Many MTAC members have contracts with the State, and others may pursue contract opportunities in the future. There are many requirements that must be met to even be […]

Top 10 reasons to attend MTAC Annual Meeting

New Location: This year’s meeting will be held at the beautiful, centrally-located Four Points Sheraton in Meriden, CT. ELDs: Learn from FMCSA Division Administrator Chris Henry about the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation. Other FMCSA topics will be covered as well. Trade Show: Whether your company has a great new product or service to show, […]

IRS issues opinion on HVUT

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter The Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service has issued a memorandum on the liabilities under the heavy vehicle use tax of the parties to a lease of an owner-operator vehicle when the lease ends part-way through the tax year. As usual, the memo states that it […]

Permanent injunction issued on DOL’s overtime rule

From the Scopelitis Firm: A Texas judge just issued his final order rejecting the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) attempt to raise the salary level for “white collar” exemptions from overtime. The same judge granted a preliminary stay of the rule in late 2016 just before the rule was set to take effect. The judge’s […]

Trucks, planes and tankers support Houston after hurricane

Excerpt from Transport Topics article. Tropical Storm Harvey is being blamed for a price spike to have certain trucks carry goods into the Houston region, said Noël Perry, partner and transportation economist at FTR Transportation Intelligence. The inbound rate for flatbed trucks, used to haul construction materials and the like, increased 4% for the period […]