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FMCSA announces drug & alcohol clearinghouse final rule

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: Federal regulatory officials on Dec. 2 announced a final rule that will create a clearinghouse that would track when a commercial driver fails a drug or alcohol test and require carriers to check an applicant against the clearinghouse database. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the database will allow […]

FMCSA establishes training standards for new truck & bus drivers

From FMCSA press release: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a Final Rule establishing comprehensive national minimum training standards for entry-level commercial truck and bus operators seeking to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or certain endorsements. The standards established in today’s rule address the knowledge and skills […]

MTAC supports ConnDOT FASTLANE grant application

MTAC is supporting a Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) application for a FASTLANE grant which will partially fund the Charter Oak Bridge project. The Charter Oak Bridge project will relieve congestion at one of CT’s worst freight bottlenecks by doing several things. It will widen I-91 NB from Interchange 27 to Interchange 29; replace and […]

Judge blocks Obama rule extending overtime pay to 4.2 million US workers

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president’s signature achievements for boosting wages. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a […]

Trump taps former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao to lead DOT

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: Former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao has been chosen by President-elect Donald Trump to run the Department of Transportation under his watch. The Trump transition team made the announcement Nov. 29. If confirmed by the Senate, Chao would succeed Anthony Foxx. As DOT chief, Chao would be the point person […]

Dump Truck Council Party a success

MTAC thanks the attendees and sponsors of the 2016 Dump Truck Council Christmas party for an enjoyable night. Specifically, MTAC and the Dump Truck Council appreciate the sponsorship provided by the following companies:

MTAC members moving to Fleet Screen

MTAC is pleased to report that a large number of its member companies that participate in the drug and alcohol testing consortium have already transitioned to our new partner, Fleet Screen. MTAC recommends that any member who has not completed their transfer form to enroll with Fleet Screen do so as soon as possible. Using […]

Research from ATRI identifies autonomous vehicle impacts on trucking industry

Excerpt from the American Transportation Research Institute website. The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) today released its report identifying potential impacts of autonomous vehicle technology on the trucking industry, which include significant safety and productivity benefits that may result from autonomous technology adoption. This research was identified as the top research priority for the industry by ATRI’s […]

FMCSA issues safety advisory for certain cargo tanks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is issuing a safety advisory to provide notice to owners and operators of DOT407 and DOT412 cargo tank motor vehicles manufactured by Keith Huber Incorporated. These cargo tanks are NOT in compliance with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and do NOT meet 49 CFR 178.347. This Safety Advisory […]

Larson’s Tunnels: Big plan, even bigger challenge

Excerpt from Connecticut Mirror article: Not everyone is thrilled with U.S. Rep. John Larson’s proposal to build massive highway tunnels under Hartford, but Daniel Burnham might be, were he still with us. It was Burnham, the great Chicago architect and planner, who said, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood […]