PPH Commentary: Regional climate collaboration is a critical policy debate – not just political division

The Transportation and Climate Initiative will raise gasoline costs, unfairly burdening rural Mainers and the working poor. BY JULIE DUMONT RABINOWITZ  SPECIAL TO THE PRESS HERALD Greg Kesich’s Feb. 9 column, “The costs of political division,” alludes to the regional climate collaboration policy debate as merely another example of divisive politics. Yet the debate over Maine’s latest […]


DOT OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICE (FMCSA) The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.  Under the Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing a concentration of up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not controlled substances.  THC is […]


The 2020 Maine Professional Truck Driving Championships (to be held at Dysart’s in Hermon) and the 2020 Maine Professional Technician Skills Competition (to be held at EMCC in Bangor) will both be held on May 16, 2020 – a day that we have termed “CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY”. This year’s Maine Professional Truck Driving Championships is shaping […]

Want to Hear More About Electric Trucks?

Electric Trucks Technical/Educational Session Scheduled – Presented by the NNE Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America While the electric car and bus have seen much success, the heavy-duty electric truck has finally been “charged”. This educational session will provide a look at who is offering these trucks, what they are capable of […]

FMCSA Announces Final Rulemaking for 2020 UCR Fees – 2020 Registration Period to Open Soon

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced fees for the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR): UCR fees for the 2020 registration period can only be accepted after the ruling is published in the Federal Register.  This should take place within the next few days. The UCR National Registration System ( will […]

FMCSA Delays ELDT Rule

Please Click HERE to access the notice from FMCSA delaying the Entry Level Driver Training rule by 2 years. The rule initially slated to take effect 2/7/20 now has an effective date of 2/7/22

The Importance of Ancillary Benefits

One of the biggest challenges Maine businesses face today is recruiting and retaining a talented workforce within budget. Companies offering “ancillary benefits” or benefits used to supplement group health insurance, are a cost-effective way to create a robust and attractive benefits package. This includes dental, vision, life/AD&D and short-term disability insurance. MMTA offers its members […]


By now, if you have heard of the Clearinghouse regulation, you are either set up with an account or have run into problems with setting up the FMCSA portal account in order to create a Clearinghouse account.  You are not alone!  This update is to relieve concerns that you are not in compliance with FMCSA […]

MMTA WCT Applies for 5% Rate Reduction

The Trustees of the MMTA Workers’ Compensation Trust have applied to the Bureau of Insurance for a 5% rate decrease retroactive to January 1, 2020.  This decrease marks the 19th year in the Trust’s 21 years of existence that rates have been reduced or stayed the same – a key indicator of the consistency and […]