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DEEP to visit MTAC March 21

Senior officials from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will visit the MTAC office on Wednesday, March 21 to discuss how interested businesses can apply for funds to help upgrade or replace older vehicles. The meeting is free to members, and will begin at 10 a.m. The funds will be available because […]

Freight groups oppose tolls in White House infrastructure draft

From Transport Topics. A six-page document that is purported to be a draft outline of President Donald Trump’s high-profile infrastructure plan is drawing criticism from trucking industry groups due to its focus on expanding tolling across the country and for commercializing interstate rest areas. The draft, first published by Axios on Jan. 22, would allow […]

ATA opposes EPA reversal on gliders under Phase 2 Rules

In comments submitted January 5, ATA strongly recommended EPA not advance its Proposed Rule for Repeal of Emission Requirements for Glider Vehicles, Glider Engines, and Glider Kits. The agency had originally directed the phase-out of gliders under the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks finalized in October 2016, […]

Connecticut truckers say “no” to tolls

From Dan Lovallo / Brad and Dan Show Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, said the group he represents opposes adding tolls to the state’s highways. This morning, Brad Davis and I interviewed Sculley on the Talk of Connecticut. Sculley on tolls: “The truth is, there is a federal law which […]

New federal income tax law now in effect

From the Wilson Elser firm. While tax planning and advice is specific to each situation, there are several areas on which you should consider seeking advice from your accountant and tax advisor, including the following: The new 21% income tax rate for C corporations is much lower than the rate applicable for other forms of […]

Invite to take brief tax reform survey

From the American Trucking Associations. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) was heavily involved in the effort to enact tax reform. We know reduced tax rates will have a positive impact on ATA members as well as the broader economy. Accordingly, we are sending out this short 8-question survey to membership so that we can better […]

Snow rakes available

MTAC has a small supply of snow rakes available for sale. These rakes can be used to clear snow and ice from the top of trailers in order to comply with the state law. Connecticut law imposes a $75 fine for failure to remove accumulated ice or snow from commercial vehicles, including the hood, trunk […]

UCR registration opens

Today’s [Jan. 5, 2018] edition of the Federal Register includes the publication of the long-awaited rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration setting fees for the Unified Carrier Registration program for 2018. The rule is effective upon publication, so UCR registration for 2018 is finally open! The Indiana Department of Revenue, which operates the […]

Rules change on driver meal expenses

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter The federal tax reform package that passed Congress December 20 changes the rules for some truck drivers on the expenses they incur for meals and incidentals while they’re away from home on travel. Employee truck drivers whose carrier does not pay them a per diem allowance will no longer […]

Malloy postpones $4.3 billion in transportation projects

From Hartford Courant. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that $4.3 billion in state transportation projects will need to be postponed indefinitely if the General Assembly fails to quickly appropriate more money. The transportation projects at risk include replacing the Hartford I-84 viaduct, widening of I-95 from Bridgeport to Stamford, and revamping the Waterbury I-84 […]