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Reminder on left lane restrictions

In conjunction with the Connecticut State Police, MTAC respectfully reminds all carriers that busses, commercial vehicles, and vehicles with trailers are prohibited from operating in the third (left) lane on a three-lane limited access highway. Connecticut law enforcement officials have reported receiving numerous complaints from vehicle operators regarding violation of this law (CT General Statutes […]

FMCSA extends Emergency Declaration and Hours of Service Waiver

From FMCSA. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hereby declares that a nationwide emergency continues to exist that warrants extension and expansion of Emergency Declaration No. 2020002 issued on March 13, 2020, and expanded on March 26, 2020, and continuing the exemption granted from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations […]

WTNH Video: Food still being delivered across the nation during pandemic

From WTNH. Tony Spero from ABF Freight, who is a previous grand champion of the Connecticut Truck Driving Championship, as well as the National Truck Driving Championship, was featured in this video report. Click here to see an archived version of the report.

Gov Lamont releases safe workplace rules for essential employers

On the evening of Tuesday, April 7, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order directing the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, to issue legally binding statewide rules prescribing measures for workplaces to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has […]

TSA releases HME exemption

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is granting a temporary exemption from requirements in 49 CFR part 1572 regarding expiration of TSA security threat assessments (STAs) for Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) holders. For the duration of this exemption, a State may grant an extension of up to 180 days for an HME that expired or would […]

Paycheck Protection Program application now available

The application for the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been posted online. A summary provided by the US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship states that the program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, […]

Extension of compliance period for 2020 UCR in Connecticut

From CT DMV. The Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR) has announced that it is recommending a delay, until July 1, 2020, for the enforcement of UCR registration for 2020. This recommendation is based upon the delay in the rulemaking process for establishing 2020 carrier rates, along with the current COVID 19 crisis. Based upon UCR’s […]

Small business owner’s guide to CARES Act

From US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as […]

Connecticut Resources

DRS extends filing deadline for certain annual state business tax returns

From Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. The Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is using their statutory authority to grant an automatic extension of Connecticut filing deadlines for certain annual tax returns in order to support businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak effectively immediately. This is consistent with the emergency declarations signed by Governor Lamont. “DRS […]

Truckers working long shifts to get product back on store shelves

From WFSB. MTAC President Joe Sculley was featured in this video report which originally aired on March 28, 2020. An archived version of the broadcast is available online.