Next Week – CVSA Roadcheck – Focus on Tires

Next week, June 7-9, is the industry’s opportunity to demonstrate to law enforcement officials that MTAC members and the trucking industry make safety and compliance a priority. International Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 17 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, […]

MTAC Visits Botticello, Inc.

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited MTAC Board member Dennis Botticello of Botticello’s, Inc., in Manchester, Conn. Botticello’s is a long-time member which serves all of Connecticut for a variety of services, including trucking. They are also in the equipment sales and rentals business, and have commercial, industrial, and municipal services. Botticello’s provides a […]

Connecticut Resources

Connecticut ranks 50th in state fiscal condition

From the George Mason University Mercatus Center. On the basis of its fiscal solvency in five separate categories, Connecticut ranks 50th among the US states and Puerto Rico for its fiscal health. Connecticut’s fiscal position is poor across all categories. With between only 0.46 and 1.19 times the cash needed to cover short-term liabilities, Connecticut’s […]

BestPass

Bestpass adds Oklahoma to complete national tolling coverage

From Transport Topics. Bestpass Inc. announced that it now offers complete nationwide toll-management coverage for commercial fleets with the addition of services in Oklahoma. “When we started processing tolls with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, we added the final piece necessary to deliver a truly national tolling solution and to cover 100% of all major U.S. […]

Connecticut oversize & overweight permit fee increases

Effective July 1, 2016, Connecticut will increase the costs to obtain oversize and overweight permits. Legislation sponsored by Democratic leadership will raise the costs for individual permits from $23 to $30. It will also raise the cost of an “electronic transmittal fee” to electronically pay for the permits from $3 to $5. Additionally, the bill […]

DOT plans hearing on new I-95 ramps in Stratford

From the Connecticut Post. The state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the planned Exit 33 ramp project on I-95. The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16 at the Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad St. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 “based on the availability of funding.” […]

FMCSA sends drug & alcohol clearinghouse final rule to OMB

From Transport Topics. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on May 20 forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget its final rule that would establish a national database of truck drivers who have failed or refused to take drug and alcohol tests, marking the final step in the approval process. The […]

Truck Driving Championship participation increases

More than 30 drivers have enrolled in the upcoming Connecticut Truck Driving Championship set for June 11 at the Fedex Freight facility in Windsor Locks. However, it is not too late to sign up to compete. Specifically, the Flatbed and Straight Truck fields are wide open, so members should be sure to consider having their drivers […]

FedEx breaks ground in Middletown, 400 jobs expected

Construction will begin soon on a 525,000 square foot FedEx Ground distribution hub on Middle Street at the former site of the Aetna campus. Local and state officials participated in a groundbreaking Thursday morning with FedEx Ground, which says it will create at least 400 jobs with the new center, scheduled to open in August […]

CDL apprenticeship grant opportunity

MTAC recently met with senior Connecticut Department of Labor officials to discuss the availability of apprenticeship funds that could be used by the trucking industry. Specifically, funds are available that could be used towards the cost of tuition at a commercial driving school. Department of Labor officials reported that as much as $3,500 is available […]