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TDC sponsor recognition

A successful Truck Driving Championship would not have been possible without the support provided by members, particularly in the form of sponsorships and equipment donations. Many thanks to our members, and especially FedEx Freight for allowing use of their facility in Windsor Locks. Sponsors for the 2017 Truck Driving Championship include: Platinum Sponsors Gold Sponsors […]

Use of ELDs for IRP and IFTA records

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter. Be careful! – The discussions at last month’s annual meeting of the International Registration Plan emphasized once again the problems motor carriers may have in using their electronic logging devices to produce IRP and International Fuel Tax Agreement records, unless the carriers make sure the ELDs will do the […]

Supreme Court denies hearing on ELD lawsuit

From Transport Topics: The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s request for a rejection of a federal rule requiring electronic logging devices will not be heard by the Supreme Court, the court announced on June 12. The decision by the court essentially clears the way for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s ELD mandate to take effect at […]

2017 Connecticut Legislature recap

The Connecticut General Assembly has concluded its 2017 regular session. While there will be a special session to complete the state budget, MTAC can provide some updates on legislative developments to members. SB 260 – An Act Concerning Autonomous Vehicles This bill as introduced initially held that a task force would be established to study […]

Connecticut Diesel Tax to remain at current rate

Under Connecticut law, the per gallon diesel tax may be adjusted up or down effective July 1 of every year, depending on a couple of factors. This year, the rate will remain unchanged, and will stay 41.7 cents per gallon. The state diesel tax rate is comprised of two components. One is a base rate […]

FMCSA drops plans to study raising insurance minimums

Excerpt from Transport Topics article. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has abandoned its plans to consider an increase in minimum bodily injury and property damage insurance levels for motor carriers, freight forwarders and brokers. In an announcement on June 2, the agency said that after reviewing comments on its November 2014 advance notice of […]

DOL announces withdrawal of joint employment, independent contractor informal guidance

From the Scopelitis law firm: Pursuant to a news release issued today by the U.S. Department of Labor and consistent with the general direction the Firm has been signaling from the Department under the new administration, the Department announced the withdrawal of its informal guidance (“Administrator’s Interpretations”) on the issues of joint employment and independent […]

Entry-level driver training clears review, implementation to proceed

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has completed its regulatory review of the Entry-Level Driver Training final rule and has determined the implementation will proceed as planned. The final rule, which spells out new training requirements for drivers seeking a commercial driver’s license, has been under review by FMCSA since February 1 under the terms […]

ATRI seeks for-hire motor carrier operational cost data

From American Transportation Research Institute: The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today issued a data call for the annual update to its Operational Costs of Trucking report. The brief online questionnaire seeks to capture basic cost information from for-hire motor carriers such as driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums and lease or purchase payments. Carriers […]

ATA responds to NYT piece on truck drivers

Excerpt from New York Times opinion pages: Re: “We’re Throwaway People” (news article, May 23): We disagree with the premise of this article — that truck driving is “low paying” and “unhealthy” work. Indeed, trucking is one of the few roads in today’s economy that lead to the middle class without requiring a college degree. […]