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IRS backs off taxing dollies

By Bob Pitcher, State Laws Newsletter By a memorandum from the Office of the Chief Counsel dated December 6, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it is “re-evaluating” its recent shift in position on the application of the 12 percent federal excise tax to converter gear (dollies or auxiliary axles). For nearly thirty years, […]

Truck Driving Championship Committee recruiting new members

The MTAC Truck Driving Championship (TDC) Committee is recruiting new members! The TDC Committee is comprised of several volunteers from member companies, as well as retired “industry veterans,” who play very important roles for the TDC. The TDC Committee will spearhead items such as: drafting and finalizing the written exam, designing the skills course, procuring […]

MTAC visits Tuxis-Ohr’s

This week, MTAC President Joe Sculley visited member company Tuxis-Ohr’s fuel. The owner of Tuxis-Ohr’s, Jim Vitali, is a member of the MTAC Board of Directors, and is a strong supporter of the association. Tuxis-Ohr’s is a wholesale supplier of distillate petroleum products to resellers, and their commercial products include heating oil, gasoline, biodiesel, diesel […]

FMCSA maintains 25% drug testing rate

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 13 that it will maintain the current controlled substances random testing rate at 25% for motor carriers during 2017. The agency in 2016 lowered the minimum annual drug testing rate to 25% from 50% the prior year in response to improved positive […]

URS implementation date extension

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): FMCSA is extending the implementation date of the final stage of the Unified Registration System (URS) beyond January 14, 2017 because additional time is needed to securely migrate data from multiple legacy platforms into a new central database and to conduct further compatibility testing with its State […]

Hours of Service update enacted

Excerpt from Transport Topics article: The clarification of an hours-of-service rule for truckers in a short-term funding bill was signed by President Obama shortly after the Senate cleared the bill Dec. 9 and a shutdown of the federal government was averted. The bill’s enactment solidified a win for trucking executives critical of hours-of-service policy. The […]

New training classes scheduled

MTAC is pleased to announce that several new training seminars have been scheduled for 2017. All of the following classes will be taught by MTAC’s safety and compliance consultant, Mike Glinski. Register for any of the classes on the MTAC website. Driver Qualification Seminar – March 14, 2017 Are your drivers properly qualified? If (when) USDOT […]

ATA thanks Congress for Hours-of-Service fix

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear issued the following statement about the inclusion of a permanent hours-of-service restart fix in Congress’ bipartisan Continuing Resolution. ATA thanks Congress for including what should be a permanent fix to the hours-of-service restart in this Continuing Resolution, and we look forward to its final passage into law […]

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 […]