ATA Praises DOL Proposal Clarifying Status of Independent Contractors

Arlington, VA – The American Trucking Associations praised a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor that would clarify the definition of employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to independent contractors. “Secretary Scalia understands that many Americans choose the independent contractor model — including hundreds of thousands of owner-operators in the […]

FMCSA Announces Extension of CDL/CLP/Med Card Waivers

ATA FMCSA has announced an extension of the CDL/CLP waiver that was set to expire on September 30th. This new waiver becomes effective on October 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2020**. **NOTE: This waiver is a bit nuanced, so please read the specific provisions below, as the dates and applicability vary. For CDL/CLP […]

2021 UCR Registration Period Will Begin On October 1, 2020

UCR stands for Unified Carrier Registration program. It is a federally-mandated system for registering operators of commercial vehicles who are involved in interstate and international travel. This annual registration must be renewed by December 31 each year. Registration for the 2021 UCR registration year will open October 1, 2020. Fees will remain the same as […]

MAINE BMV UPDATES (September, 2020)

Maine BMV has been working hard to accommodate Maine’s Trucking Industry. Since closing offices during the initial phase of the Pandemic with many employees working from home, most employees have now transitioned back to working from the office. All branch offices are now open for “limited” walk in traffic based on the office size, with […]

US Department of Commerce & SBA Offers Loan Guidance

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For the Trucking, Transport, Logistics and Warehousing Sector Companies Critical New Information on PPP   Monday September 21, 2:00 PM Eastern Time Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program.  […]

Maine Truck PAC Golf Tournament Results

Thank you to all MMTA members who participated and/or supported the Maine Truck PAC golf tournament at Natanis. Funds raised at this event will be used to elect and support business friendly candidates and policies in Augusta. Click on the images below for larger versions.

CVSA’s Brake Safety Week August 23-29, 2020

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding brake safety week, Aug. 23-29, 2020. The Maine State Police, Troop K will be participating as will other commercial safety enforcement agencies in North America. Each year there is also an unannounced one-day brake safety enforcement initiative conducted by CVSA affiliated agencies. During both the announced and […]

FMCSA Extends and Modifies Emergency Declaration

ATA The FMCSA has extended—and modified—the emergency declaration that was set to expire on August 14th. The modified declaration provides regulatory relief for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to COVID-19, and has been expanded to included emergency restocking of distribution centers and stores. Specifically, the declaration is […]

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 next 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 […]