Extension of Unified Registration System effective date

FMCSA is delaying the implementation of the final stage of the Unified Registration System (URS) until Jan. 14, 2017, with a new full compliance date of April 14, 2017. This is a three month extension. The agency is currently updating its information technology systems and undertaking a complex migration of millions of records to remote […]

FMCSA announces plans for Crash-Accountability Demonstration Program

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on July 11 outlined plans for a two-year demonstration program that would allow certain non-preventable crashes to be removed from motor carriers’ public and private safety scores. The policy shift is being proposed after long-standing industry concerns that all crashes currently are being recorded […]

Notes on filing IRS Form 2290

From Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter. The annual filing for the federal heavy vehicle use tax, which is reported on Internal Revenue Form 2290, is due at the end of August. Most larger fleets probably file electronically, and that seems most efficient. E-filing of the 2290 is not free however, carriers will need to use a […]

Chris Spear named ATA president, succeeding Bill Graves

From Transport Topics. Christopher Spear was named president and CEO of American Trucking Associations, effective July 9, succeeding Bill Graves. ATA made the announcement July 1, when it introduced Spear to the staff at the federation’s Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. Spear was given a five-year contract and chosen from a field of about two dozen candidates, […]

Trucking industry invests $9.5 billion in safety

From Transport Topics. The trucking industry invests at least $9.5 billion in safety annually according to a report released June 29 by American Trucking Associations. The investments include technologies on trucks such as collision avoidance systems, electronic logging devices for driver hours of service compliance and video event recorders. In addition, they include driver safety […]

Connecticut recycling trailblazer Paine’s receives industry honor

From the Hartford Business Journal. The longtime leader of East Granby-based recycling and waste hauling provider Paine’s Inc. was inducted this month into the National Waste & Recycling Association’s (NWRA) Hall of Fame. Michael Paine, who has been president of his family’s business since 1989, received the honor June 7 in Las Vegas at an […]

Reminder to update MCS-150

Some MTAC members have recently been notified that their USDOT number was deactivated because they have not updated their form MCS-150 within the past two years. This is a reminder that FMCSA requires that carriers’ form MCS-150 be updated at least once every two years. When updating an MCS-150, members need to ensure that truck […]

Truck restrictions on I-95 for DNC convention

From the June 23, 2016 PennDOT press release. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said […]

FMCSA issues rule increasing most motor carrier civil penalties

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an interim final rule increasing — and in some cases decreasing — its motor carrier civil penalties for violations of federal regulations. In an announcement scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on June 27, the agency said several laws require periodic “catch-up” adjustments […]

Route 9 proposal removes traffic lights in Middletown

An excerpt from the Hartford Courant. State engineers may have found a way to finally get rid of those highway traffic lights that have plagued commuters, beach-bound travelers and local motorists on Route 9 for decades. The state Department of Transportation has a new proposal to add bridges, ramps and a roundabout that would remove […]