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FMCSA adopts crash accountability program

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on May 1 announced that effective immediately it is making permanent a pilot program that will not count a crash in which a motor carrier was not at fault when calculating the carrier’s safety measurement profile. It also is expanding the types of crashes that may […]

Joint research confirms COVID-19 impact on trucking

From ATRI. The American Transportation Research Institute and the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association Foundation today released important research on impacts that the Covid pandemic is having on all aspects of trucking operations, including deliveries, travel times, detention and truck parking. Most importantly, the research provides recommendations and guidance on future strategies should another national disaster […]

Interview: Federal and state governments adjust to support truck drivers

From CT News Junkie. MTAC President Joe Sculley, as well as Chairman of Connecticut’s Truck Driving Championship Committee Roland Bolduc, were interviewed by CT News Junkie regarding actions that the state and federal governments are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamont: Some small businesses may be able to open soon

From NBC Connecticut. Some small Connecticut businesses may be able to start reopening in the next couple of weeks under restrictions, Governor Ned Lamont said. The governor’s comments came Tuesday during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes.” “My hunch is you’ll see some of the small main street businesses that have only […]

Economy shrinks 4.8% in Q1 as result of Coronavirus

From Transport Topics. The U.S. economy contracted by 4.8% on an annualized rate in the first quarter, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which released the gross domestic product figures April 29. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, “The decline in the first-quarter GDP was, in part, due to the response to the spread […]

New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse resources available

FMCSA has updated the Clearinghouse Learning Center with additional resources to help you use the Clearinghouse. Resources for Employers, Including Owner-Operators How to Designate Your C/TPA Query History: Employers How to Report RTD Information (Employers) Resources for Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) Query History: C/TPAs How to Report RTD Information (C/TPAs) Resources for CDL Drivers Submitting a […]

Drug and alcohol testing guidance

MTAC is aware that some members may have problems completing random drug and alcohol tests, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, please be aware that simply not showing up for a scheduled drug or alcohol test is not the way to handle this problem. If you are a participant of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing […]

Annual overweight permits

MTAC has received a number of questions related to permits, particularly for annual divisible load permits, that can be purchased from Connecticut DOT (ConnDOT). ConnDOT has not suspended these permits, nor have they shut down the Oversize/Overweight (OS/OW) office. They are fully functioning and there is no lapse in service at their office. Many (or […]

PPP applications resume Monday, April 27

From Small Business Administration. The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m ET. Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will […]

Temporary COVID-19 response New York truck rest stops open April 15

Truck drivers provide New York City with the food and goods that keep it running. To help truckers safely meet Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMSCA) mandatory rest periods, the city has established temporary rest areas at two strategic freight hubs as part of its COVID-19 response. Each area will be open 24 hours a […]