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The Snow and Ice Removal Challenge

Nobody wants vehicles clear of snow and ice more than professional truck drivers.  The problem, however, is finding a safe, effective and practical way to accomplish this goal. We all recognize that it is fairly easy for most people to brush newly fallen snow off of a passenger motor vehicle.  It is more difficult however […]

Posted Roads – Mud Season in Maine!

There are things in life you can count on like death, taxes, and if you live in Maine…posted roads.  Mainers, especially those in the Trucking Industry, are quite familiar with the spring thaw and the necessity of the State and Towns to post roads during mud season.  This article is a refresher of the posted […]

FMCSA extends CDL/CLP and Medical Card Waiver

FMCSA issued another extension to the previous CDL/CLP and Medical Examination waivers that were set to expire the end of this month. This waiver becomes effective on March 1, 2021 and expires on May 31, 2021. NOTE: MMTA has been advising members for months that renewal of CDL’s and Medical cards should take place as […]

John W. Austin Memorial Scholarship Fund Increases Future Awards

After decades of helping Maine students achieve their educational and training goals, the MMTA is pleased to announce exciting changes to the John W. Austin Memorial Scholarship Fund starting with this year’s applicants. In the past, scholarships have generally been for $1,000 for graduating high school seniors seeking higher education, including technical training, in areas […]

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration – Expires May 31, 2021

FMCSA announced that they have extended the Emergency Declaration that was set to expire on February 28th. This extension includes the same regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, as included in the December 1st declaration. This expanded declaration is limited to the transportation […]

Tax Conformity – Today’s Update

Today, the Taxation Committee discussed the Governor’s recent proposal regarding tax conformity for companies receiving PPP loans.  In a nutshell, Governor Mills is proposing full tax conformity for businesses that received under $1,000,000 in PPP loans. Additionally, those businesses that received over $1,000,000 would get full conformity on the first $1,000,000 and then the remaining […]

Maine’s Paid Leave Law and Trucking

Maine Motor Transport Association has received numerous calls from members regarding the new Earned Paid Leave (EPL) law that became effective on January 1, 2021 specific to their trucking operations. It is important to note that the new law does not impact employers with 10 or fewer employees or those with a collective bargaining agreement […]

CDL HAZMAT EXPIRATIONS

FMCSA has issued an extension of the waiver for CDL’s and CLP’s that became effective 1/1/2021 and is set to expire on 2/28/2021. This waiver is outlined in the blue text below. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), however, did not renew the exemption for waiver of the Security Threat Assessment (STA) which is required in […]

Maine Jobs Council Announces First Executive Director

Augusta, ME — The Board of Directors of the Maine Jobs Council is pleased to announce that Ben Lucas will serve as the first Executive Director for the newly created membership-based association. Mr. Lucas assumed his new duties on December 21st. “The Maine Jobs Council is extremely pleased to announce the hiring of its first […]