The Transportation Professional

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New brake training classes

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for fall of 2017. 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 to be accomplished. The best way to do that is […]

Truck, rail regulators withdraw sleep apnea proposal

From Transport Topics. Despite noting lingering concerns about the potential dangers of obstructive sleep apnea, federal regulators announced plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking information on the potential for adopting standards to assess risks associated with transportation workers in safety sensitive positions diagnosed with apnea. The announcement, planned for […]

FMCSA adds 12 violations to SMS, updates website

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) added 12 violations to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to give large truck and bus companies a more complete picture of their safety performance. This update aligns with recent changes to FMCSA’s roadside inspection collection software and builds on efforts to […]

FMCSA guidance – States may accept learner’s permit applications from out-of-state drivers

From Overdrive Online: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing regulatory guidance to clarify that states can choose to accept out-of-state commercial learner’s permit (CLP) applications and administer the general knowledge test to out-of-state applicants. In a notice to be published in the Federal Register Thursday, Aug. 3, FMCSA says the state administering the […]

IRS webinar on Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (Form 2290)

Payment of the federal heavy vehicle use tax, reported on the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax (IRS Form 2290), is due Aug. 31. The IRS has asked us to spread the word that it will be giving a webinar on preparing and filing 2290s on Aug. 15 and 16, 2017, at 2 p.m. ET both […]

Inclement weather and over-dimensioned moves

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CT DOT) has revised their policy regarding the movement of over-dimensioned loads as it pertains to inclement weather. MTAC worked with CT DOT during the crafting of the new policy. The changes will provide clarity as to when moves can or cannot be made during inclement weather, in order to […]

Call on Washington

From Sept. 12-14, MTAC members will travel to Washington, DC for “Call on Washington.” This event is open to all interested members. Come spend time discussing important industry issues with our Congressional delegation. The members of Congress and their senior staff members need to hear directly from constituents as they work to craft policy. Below […]

Goodyear offers cost-savings for MTAC members

Goodyear has set up special program for MTAC members. When purchasing Goodyear tires through any authorized Goodyear tire dealer, MTAC members who reference our national account number will receive discounted pricing on tires used for on-highway applications, off-highway, construction, and more. The program includes Goodyear as well as Dunlop products. Update (Aug. 3, 2017) – […]

FMCSA Chief: CSA to have public meeting, defends ELD mandate

From Transport Topics. A meeting to gather input on ways to improve the Compliance, Safety, Accountability performance scoring program for carriers will be scheduled this year, the country’s top trucking regulator told House lawmakers on July 18. With nearly four months to finalize a corrective plan for the CSA program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety […]

Operation Safe Driver Week starts Oct. 15

From Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance: Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers […]