National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) – along with hundreds of its members – and Travel Centers of America (TA) are commemorating National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, a weeklong national recognition of the country’s 3.4 million professional truck drivers. This year’s celebration will be held at the Travel Centers of America Truck facility, 1876 Meriden […]

Make-A-Wish Connecticut Chapter Makes Dreams Come True

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Make-A-Wish Connecticut Chapter held its 15th Annual Wishes on Wheels Truck Convoy Fundraiser at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. All manner of big trucks were on hand to raise money for this event. Make-A-Wish makes dreams come true granting wishes to children with life threatening illnesses. Steve Roy, MTAC’s director of safety, […]

Congress considers expanding tolls – Say “No”

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) is working to ensure Congress does not implement a plan to expand the number of tolls on the nation’s interstates. We want to encourage all MTAC members to reach out to members of the U.S. House of Representatives Transportations and Infrastructure Committee and let them know you do not […]

Brake Safety Week – Sept. 6-12

During the week of Sept. 6-12, 2015, law enforcement agencies across North America will conduct brake system inspections on large trucks and buses to identify out-of-adjustment brakes and brake-system violations as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Brake Safety Week. Outreach and educational efforts by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspectors, participating motor carriers and […]

“Call on Washington” set for Sept. 29 & 30

MTAC is preparing to make our third “Call on Washington” Sept. 29 and 30. Arranged by the American Trucking Association (ATA), Call on Washington provides a rewarding opportunity for MTAC’s members to visit their congressional delegation in the nation’s capitol. Last year, Norm Bolduc, of Kay’s Trucking, Mark Giuffré, of UPS, and Mike DeGrand of DeGrand […]

Fall 2015 MTAC – Looking ahead

As summer ends, MTAC looks forward to cranking up the gears to some big issues and activities ahead. Transportation Finance Authority –Governor Malloy appointed this group to make recommendations to provide the funding to pay for his ambitious 30-year $100 billion transportation infrastructure program. They have been discussing congestion pricing, tolling, public private partnerships and […]

Take the trucking industry critical issues survey

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, launched their annual survey in August. The survey, commissioned by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern along with appropriate strategies for addressing each issue. The survey is in its 11th year and participation […]

Review: FMCSA DataQs system and challenges

When regular citizens receive traffic tickets incorrectly, they can contest their charges in court. While the court could still find them guilty, the prosecutor or judge may dismiss the case, reduce the charges and fines, or the case could go to trial and result in a not guilty verdict. In these cases, no points are […]

Proposed OSHA record-keeping obligations could be costly

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing an amendment clarifying its record-keeping rules that could provide the agency greater ability to cite and fine an employer. OSHA already requires employers to create and maintain records about workplace injuries and illnesses that meet certain criteria. Specifically, employers must: Create and update a log […]

CT Mirror: Connecticut traffic likely to get worse

CT Mirror reported on a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the traffic-monitoring firm INRIX that the Bridgeport-Stamford area is the second-most congested area of its size in the nation, and motorists there spent an average of 49 hours in traffic tie-ups each year. Connecticut has some of the worst traffic in the nation, with jams […]