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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.

Register for Connecticut Truck Driving Championship

Registration for the 2017 Truck Driving Championship (TDC) is now open! Drivers or their safety managers can visit the MTAC TDC website section sign up and download the forms necessary to complete their registration. Once the registration has been received, a copy of the Rules for Drivers will be sent directly to them. This year’s event will […]

MTAC testifies before Transportation Committee

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley testified before the legislature’s joint Transportation Committee on a couple of important issues. Mr. Sculley discussed resolutions to implement a “lockbox” to, in theory, protect the use of state transportation funds. He stated that the lockbox must be strengthened before it is adopted. Mr. Sculley elaborated by stating that […]

Highway tolls prompt spirited debate

Excerpt from Hartford Courant article: Highways in Hartford and Waterbury need hugely expensive maintenance, transit users are tired of steadily rising fares and Fairfield County drivers want relief from ever-worsening traffic congestion. Those were just a few of the arguments put forward Monday at a five-hour-long legislative debate over the idea of levying tolls on […]

Leases required in cab

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter An incident the other day prompts this reminder for motor carriers: the federal regulations on leasing require a motor carrier operating a vehicle owned by another entity to either carry a copy of the lease in the cab of the vehicle or in the alternative, carry a statement that […]

IRS issues notice affecting glider kits

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter A couple of years ago, the federal Internal Revenue Service issued guidance to its auditors concerning glider kits. Motor carriers had been using gliders to refurbish used trucks and tractors, and using a provision of the Internal Revenue Code (section 4052(f)(1)) to accomplish the changes without the imposition of […]

Malloy budget includes closing seven rest areas

Excerpt from News-Times article: All seven rest areas along interstate highways in Connecticut, including the one off Exit 2 on I-84, would be closed under Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s $20 million budget for 2017-18. Closing the rest areas is expected to save $534,000 yearly by eliminating the positions of 12 rest area attendants. The proposal […]

MTAC submits testimony to Appropriations Committee

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley submitted testimony to the joint Appropriations Committee regarding the budget proposal for the upcoming biennium. While Sculley credited the proposal for striving to provide some stability for the business community, he called for changes in order to preserve funding for state rest areas. Sculley stated that rest areas are […]