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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 […]

Connecticut court rules on nonconsensual towing

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter. The Connecticut Supreme Court has held that federal law did not preempt various aspects of the state’s regulation of nonconsensual towing. The plaintiff towing company had been called by the state police to remove a disabled trailer from the highway following a traffic accident. For its services, it had […]

Unified Registration System suspended

From FMCSA: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a notice that announces the suspension of the Unified Registration System (URS). During this suspension, entities needing to file will follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today. The URS 1 final rule was issued to […]

Safety fitness determination – supplemental rulemaking

From the FMCSA. On Jan. 21, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update its present Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) methodology and enhance the Agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.   The NPRM public comment period ended June 23, 2016. In order to thoroughly evaluate and possibly […]