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Tire Safety Tips: Driving safely and legally on the road

Excerpt from Acadia Insurance blog post. While the dangers of winter driving may be behind us, the hot summer months ahead have their own dangers. Depending on the climate, the time between mid-May and early October is when drivers will be seeing more and more treads lining the interstates. Tire blowouts are one of the […]

2016 Truck Driving Championship results

The 2016 Connecticut Truck Driving Championship was held on Saturday, June 11 at FedEx Freight in Windsor Locks. Here are the results of all the trophy classes, and winners of other special awards. Congratulations to all winners! Step Van: 3rd place: Andrew Tenney, FedEx Express; 2nd place: Seth Eaton, FedEx Express; 1st place: Glen Cooke, […]

Stratford-based trucker is state’s grand champion

An excerpt from the Connecticut Post. They’re calling him the Grand Champion of Connecticut truckers. Tony Spero, of Stratford-based ABF Freight, drove home with the top award in the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut’s Truck Driving Championship. According to an MTAC release, “the Grand Champion is the driver who has the highest combined score from […]

Thank you TDC sponsors and volunteers!

By all accounts, the 2016 Truck Driving Championship was a success. That is due to the work of the TDC Committee, comprised of Roland Bolduc, Keith Herzig, Jim Hosey, Ron Newman, and Ben Zadrozny. There were also many volunteers that day who served as judges, scorekeepers, and those who cooked on the grill. Additionally, donations […]

Connecticut diesel tax decreases July 1

Effective July 1, 2016, Connecticut’s per-gallon diesel fuel tax rate will decrease to 41.7 cents per gallon, which is down from the current rate of 50.3 cents per gallon. The state diesel tax rate is comprised of two components. One is a base rate of 29 cents per gallon. The second component is calculated annually, […]

Additional industry training seminars scheduled

MTAC is pleased to announce that several educational seminars have been added to the training calendar. These classes will be held at the MTAC office building, and will last for approximately two hours. Hours of Service – Do you understand the hours of service regulation? When is a log book required? What are the requirements […]

Connecticut should create Highway Trust Fund

Read the full OpEd written by MTAC President Joe Sculley in the Hartford Business Journal. If Connecticut is going to improve its transportation infrastructure, the state must focus on highways, in addition to other modes. This focus should include not only maintenance and potential expansion, but the taxes that are paid to fund these things, […]

Connecticut Route 8 lane closures

From the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Motorists should be aware that on the evening of June 10, the Route 8 southbound on-ramp from Chopsey Hill Road will be closed to traffic and remain closed until June 25, 2016. Detours will be posted to guide motorists to the Exit 4 southbound on-ramp on Lindley Street. By […]

Federal greenhouse-gas regulations delivered to OMB

From Transport Topics. The final version of the Phase 2 federal greenhouse-gas regulation for trucks on June 3 was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. Federal regulators are intent on publishing the final version of Phase 2 of GHG regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by August, but recent […]

Commercial tire safety tips

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is concerned about commercial tire safety and has previously issued alerts to the motor coach industry to raise awareness regarding summer tire safety issues. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) have highlighted that exceeding tire speed ratings, increased front axle loads, and […]