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FMCSA withdraws proposed safety fitness determination rule

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn its proposed motor carrier safety fitness determination rule as it awaits a major study of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program by the National Academies of Science, according to the agency’s March 22 announcement. FMCSA previously announced that, rather than move to […]

MTAC opposes Carbon Tax legislation

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the Connecticut legislature’s Environment Committee in opposition to a carbon tax legislation. He stated, “MTAC appreciates that proponents of this bill want to protect our environment, however, MTAC does not believe that this bill is necessary or practical. Major environmental policy is best left to the federal […]

MTAC testifies on budget proposal

Late last week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee on a couple of budget bills. Regarding provisions which proposed bonding for transit purposes, he stated: “The STF [Special Transportation Fund] is funded almost entirely through revenue generated on taxes and fees paid by truckers and passenger car drivers […]

Driver Qualification class rescheduled

Due to the storm on March 14, the Driver Qualification File class originally scheduled to be held that day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Any member who was signed up but cannot make it to the rescheduled date must request a refund before March 28. Members who […]

CVSA Roadcheck June 6-8; Emphasis on cargo securement

From CVSA: The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers. Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This […]

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MTAC testimony to Governor’s Council on Climate Change

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley provided testimony at a public meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. Mr. Sculley urged the Council to ensure that they properly account for federal regulations that impact the transportation industry. He stated that not accounting for rules such as the joint EPA/NHTSA Phase 2 rule in the […]

Republican lawmakers question rest area closure plan

Excerpt from The Hartford Courant. Two Republican state senators wrote Monday to the Commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, questioning his agency’s decision to close all toilet facilities at seven interstate highway rest areas that commercial truckers use for their federally required rest from driving. Citing a Government Watch column published in The Courant […]

Restart Study: No benefit to driver safety, fatigue

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: A congressionally mandated study on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service restart rule showed that it “did not explicitly identify a net benefit on driver operations, safety, fatigue and health,” the Department of Transportation Inspector General said March 2. In a letter to congressional committees, the DOT IG said […]

Some want to put the brakes on rest area closures

Excerpt from WTNH News 8. The state’s rest areas are where travelers and truckers can pull over and rest, but soon that may be all they can do at some of them. Right now, the facilities at seven rest areas throughout the state are closed more than they are open. Most are open only between […]

FMCSA releases ELD FAQ

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) frequently asked questions. The updated questions identify manufactures and motor carriers responsibilities in regards to the ELD rule. A PDF copy of the most recent frequently asked questions is available online.