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MMTA celebrates trucking industry’s commitment to highway safety at Annual Banquet

Every day of the year, the trucking industry ensures that critical supplies reach their destinations even during these challenging times with the expanded pandemic. In fact, over 84% of Maine communities depend exclusively on the professionals in this industry to move their goods. As a direct result of office support, freight handling, technicians, and drivers, […]

EMERGENCY DECLARATION APPLIES TO HEATING FUELS

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY MMTA has been working cooperatively with Maine Energy Marketers Association and we just learned from the State Police, in consultation with FMCSA and the Governor’s Office, that the Federal COVID Hours of Service Emergency Declaration has been deemed to apply to delivery of heating fuels.  This is based on interpretation and guidance issued […]

Consortium Pool – We are all in it together

DISA has just announced changes to the way the MMTA consortium pool will be handled, beginning in 2022.  The changes are an effort to keep random test selections for the consortium to a minimum, which is one of the benefits of belonging to a consortium. The new policy was recently sent by DISA to all […]

News from Maine BMV on Entry Level Driver Training Rule Implications

Maine BMV has announced the timeline for those interested in receiving a CDL-P or to upgrading an existing CDL, in order to avoid the Entry Level Driver Training requirements due to take effect February 7, 2022. Clicking the image will open the downloadable flyer. More information on Entry Level Driver Training: FMCSA website Maine Bureau […]

ISSUE UPDATE: Maine adoption of CA Advanced Clean Trucks Program postponed

December 16, 2021 MMTA has written articles in October and November of this year to let our members know about a Maine DEP proposal to adopt the California Advanced Clean Trucks Program (ACT).  This routine technical rulemaking would set mandatory sales thresholds of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV’s) starting in 2025. Effectively, this adoption would put […]

Pandemic Relief Bill gives tax breaks to owner-operators

The Pandemic Relief Bill signed by President Trump, in December 27, 2020, was intended to give tax relief to restaurants and to help stimulate the restaurant/hospitality industry. As originally interpreted, it did not benefit the owner-operator. Recent changes by the Internal Revenue Service has changed that and have greatly simplified the per diem deductions. In […]

Expand your company brand while supporting Maine’s trucking industry

MMTA serves over 1,700 companies across the great state of Maine and beyond. These companies make up the bulk of the almost 34,000 people who make their living in the trucking industry in Maine. Last year, many member companies showed their support by taking advantage of bundled pricing and hassle-free advertising resulting in member company […]

Changes to agricultural exemption for Hours of Service for livestock transportation including lobster

On November 15, 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021 was signed into law by President Biden. The IIJA contained a provision of law impacting the current agricultural exemption afforded to motor carriers and drivers who transport agricultural commodities. Specifically, the change added language extending the current Hours of Service (HOS) exemption […]