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Deck replacement project at Newburgh-Beacon Bridge (I-84)

From New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA). The New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) today announced the start of the full deck replacement project on the north (westbound) span of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, as well as new traffic patterns that will take effect by mid-December. Once the multi-year project is complete, drivers will experience a […]

NHTSA: Fatalities involving large trucks remain relatively unchanged

From Fleet Owner. Fatalities in crashes involving at least one heavy commercial truck showed relatively no change, decreasing from 5,006 in 2018 to 5,005 in 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On Oct. 1 NHTSA released a preview of 2019 data from the Fatality […]

Trucker pay increasing as driver shortage grows, industry capacity tightens

From Transport Topics. As capacity tightens in the trucking industry, some carriers are beginning to announce pay hikes. While the frequency of these increases are not yet nearing the rapid pace of hikes the industry saw during the busy year of 2018, some industry watchers said they would not be surprised to see more jumps. […]

Understand Hours of Service regulations

From FMCSA. FMCSA’s Educational Tool for Hours of Service (ETHOS) helps motor carriers and drivers better understand the HOS regulations going into effect on September 29, 2020. When drivers and carriers enter their duty statuses into the web-based log below, ETHOS will identify where potential violations of the following rules may have occurred: 11-hour driving […]

Insurance challenges for small trucking companies

One of the biggest expenses for a small business trucking company is insurance. Unfortunately, there are signals that this cost will only be increasing. A recent study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) found that insurance premiums increased by 12 percent to 8.4 cents per mile in 2018. MTAC members should participate in the […]

Connecticut DMV and FMCSA announcements on credential extensions

The Connecticut DMV has published a document which clarifies the timelines of their recent actions regarding extended credentials (CDLs, IRP registrations, non-IRP registrations, etc). Rather than having extensions that are valid for 90 days or 180 days, the new document provides dates for all credentials covered by their extensions. Specifically: Credentials that expired between March […]

CHRO extends sexual harassment prevention training deadline

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 7DDD, as amended by Executive Order 9A, the Oct. 1st Sexual Harassment Prevention Training deadline has been extended to January 1, 2021 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is a blanket extension and does not require a request to […]

Expect a ‘checkmark’ recovery, says economic expert

From Fleet Owner. “By ending the lockdown, I think we did the right thing and we got the economy growing again,” said Dr. Jeffrey Rosensweig, director of the John Robson Program in Business, Public Policy & Government at Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Rosensweig, provided insights on economic trends affecting the heavy-duty commercial vehicle […]

Trump’s ‘tax holiday’ has few takers in Connecticut

From CT Mirror. It’s been two weeks since President Donald Trump offered employers a way to temporarily fatten their worker’s paychecks, but in Connecticut there have been few takers. Using his executive authority, Trump has allowed the nation’s employers to defer the payment of certain payroll taxes from Sept. 1 through the end of the […]

Fed signals rates will stay near zero for at least three years

From Transport Topics. The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero and signaled it would hold them there through at least 2023 to help the U.S. economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Open Market Committee “expects to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy” until it achieves inflation averaging 2% over time, and […]