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 […]

Service fee changes on Indiana UCR website

From Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter. Registration opened for the 2017 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement fee year on Oct. 1, 2016. Most carriers and other entities subject to UCR fees register and pay those fees through the national UCR website operated by the Indiana Department of Revenue. Indiana has always charged a $3 fee […]

Attend, exhibit & sponsor at MTAC Annual Meeting

There is still time to participate in the 2016 MTAC Annual Meeting as an attendee, exhibitor, sponsor, or all of the above. Visit the MTAC website for more info. MTAC appreciates the newest Gold Sponsor, our vendor partner BestPass. Additionally, MTAC member Cummins MetroPower will be a Silver Sponsor of the event. Several other MTAC […]

Connecticut rest area buildings closing earlier

Excerpt from the Record Journal. While rest areas in Southington and Wallingford will remain open for parking, the buildings are now closing earlier, to the dismay of some truck drivers. In July, the state Department of Transportation announced six highway rest area buildings, including those in Southington and Wallingford, would be open on shortened schedules […]

IRP issues audit guide

by Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter IRP, Inc., the repository for the International Registration Plan, has published the IRP Audit Reference and Best Practices Guide. The Guide is written primarily for state and provincial auditors who deal with IRP, but motor carriers, leasing companies, and service bureaus should also find it of interest, since it […]

State economies ranked

From Bob Pitcher, State Law Newsletter Governing magazine has come out with a ranking of the economies of the 50 states as they are today, on such factors as a state’s unemployment rate, the change in that rate over the last year, the state’s gross domestic product and the changes in that figure, and so […]

New federal identification requirements for CDL

Effective Dec. 6, 2016, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles will require proof of United States Citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, along with proof of Connecticut residency for holders of commercial driver licenses and permits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mandating this requirement. This does not apply to current U.S. citizens […]