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State urged to pull mileage tax study funding

Excerpt from Record Journal article: Critics of a mileage tax urged the legislature’s Transportation Committee on Monday to block $300,000 set aside for the state’s participation in a federal study to see if such a tax is feasible in Connecticut. Testifying on a bill to block the funding, opponents said they opposed the tax for […]

Transportation Committee to take up highway toll issue

Excerpt from Hartford Courant article: … Malloy last year said Connecticut would pay $300,000 toward a regional study of instituting a tax based on how many miles each driver travels in a year. The idea is that those who drive the most — notably commercial drivers — would pay heavily, while those who use their […]

Senate confirms Chao as DOT Secretary

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The country’s top transportation officer will be Elaine Chao after the Senate voted to confirm her Jan. 31. Chao joins President Trump’s cabinet to direct agencies that oversee trucking regulation, highway safety and aviation. She indicated atop her priorities will be to help advance a long-term funding proposal for infrastructure […]

FMCSA launches website to educate on safety responsibilities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently launched its redesigned New Entrant Program website, updated to help motor carriers understand their responsibilities during their first 18 months on the road. The enhanced website introduces carriers to Federal safety regulations and explains how FMCSA and State Partners monitor carrier safety compliance during the New Entrant […]

Study approved for I-95 widening in southwest Connecticut

From CT Post: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday defended the need to add two lanes to Interstate-95 in the Greenwich-New Haven corridor. Speaking to reporters minutes after he led the State Bond Commission’s approval of the second of two $1 million dollar allocations to develop a strategy for the widening, Malloy said that the […]

Hours of Service class

Recent issues of the MTAC newsletter incorrectly listed the cost for the Hours of Service class on May 9. The correct cost is $50 for members, and $75 for non-members. Do you understand the hours of service regulation? When is a log book required? What are the requirements to claim the 100/150 air mile exemption? What […]

Trucking Industry Gives Survey

Each and every day, trucking moves America forward, delivering more than 80 percent of the nation’s freight. But the trucking industry’s support of our local communities goes beyond the goods we deliver. The trucking industry gives, and gives big, to charitable organizations across the country. The American Trucking Associations has commissioned the American Transportation Research […]

Compliance with Certified Medical Examination regulations

Recently, both federal and state law enforcement officials have told MTAC that they have seen some CDL holders (and their employers) have difficulty complying with the federal regulation regarding physical examinations. These examinations are required to be administered by a Certified Medical Examiner (CME) who is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). […]

ATRI annual list of top 100 truck bottlenecks

Excerpt from Yahoo News. The American Transportation Research Institute today released its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America, seven of which are in Connecticut. The 2017 Top Truck Bottleneck List assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system. The analysis, based on truck GPS […]

Senate panel approves Chao as Secretary of Transportation

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Senate Commerce Committee on Jan. 24 approved the nomination of Elaine Chao to be Secretary of Transportation. The panel also approved President Trump’s choice of Wilbur Ross to be Secretary of Commerce. “We hit the ground running at our first markup of the 115th Congress,” said Sen. John Thune […]