New Classes: Fall brake seminar schedule

Brake training classes that will be held at the MTAC building have been scheduled for fall 2016. 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 through […]

I-95 North lane closures, Waterford, Aug. 22 – 29

In order to perform an Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) operation, where a bridge section is built adjacent to its final location and moved into place quickly once constructed, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be implementing 34-hour lane closures on I-95 Northbound in Waterford. Interstate 95 northbound over Oil Mill Road in the town of […]

Safety Advisory: Battery-powered electronic smoking devices

Excerpt from FMCSA release: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing this safety advisory to provide notice and information to owners and operators of CMVs concerning incidents that have occurred relating to the possession and use of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g., e-cigarettes, e-cigs, ecigars, e-pipes, e-hookahs, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery […]

MTAC visits Nutmeg International

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited MTAC Board Member Alan Baumert at Nutmeg International Trucks’ Hartford location. Nutmeg International opened in September 1978. Their leasing arm, J.T.& S. Idealease was established in May 1983, for leasing and renting trucks across the region. Nutmeg/JT&S has since grown to five locations; three full service dealerships and […]

DOT proposes increases in rail, bus fares

From the Connecticut Post, with emphasis added. The state Department of Transportation is proposing to increase rail and bus fares to deal with $37 million in cuts from the new state budget that began on July 1. It’s proposing a 5 percent fare increase on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line, including the New […]

Industry asked to rank top concerns

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2016 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is […]

Call on Washington Sept. 27 & 28

MTAC’s “Call on Washington” is scheduled for the last week of September. This annual event provides a great opportunity for MTAC members to meet with the Connecticut Congressional delegation to talk about issues that are important to the industry. Our message needs to be delivered by MTAC members directly to our elected officials and their […]

MTAC annual meeting set for Oct. 27

Mark your calendars for the 96th MTAC Annual Meeting, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Maneeley’s in South Windsor, Conn. This will be a worthwhile meeting featuring educational sessions on FMCSA compliance (including ELDs), International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) changes and compliance, a roadside and pre-trip inspection demonstration, a trade show, and […]

Connecticut readies for modified “ban-the-box” law

Excerpt from Hartford Business Journal. Connecticut recently enacted the Fair Chance Employment Act that is a modified “ban-the-box” law. It applies to all employers in both the public and private sectors and is effective Jan. 1, 2017. The law prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an […]

Senate confirms Scott Darling as FMCSA administrator

Excerpt from Transport Topics. Before adjourning for seven weeks, the Senate on July 14 confirmed Scott Darling to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Darling had been the agency’s acting administrator. He was confirmed by unanimous consent. Darling had waited about half a year for the chamber to take up his nomination. “I am […]