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2022 UCR registration period begins on October 1, 2021

Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, Plan 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 2022 UCR registration year will open October 1, 2021. Fees will remain the same as they were […]

New ATRI analysis explores how electric vehicles could contribute to highway trust funds

Source: ATRI Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute today released research that describes a framework for electric vehicle (EV) taxation to support transportation infrastructure. Through a small tax on the electricity that is used in transportation, the report identifies an approach to efficiently connecting the growing number of U.S. electric vehicles with highway […]

MMTA seeks congressional support on fight against vaccine mandate

In a letter to Maine’s congressional delegates, MMTA stressed the importance of recognizing the negative impact of the vaccine mandate on the supply chain in Maine and beyond. Earlier this month, President Biden announced his 100-or-more employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate and tasked OSHA with drafting an enforcement rule to exert emergency vaccine compliance authority over […]

MMTA promotes EPA SmartWay program

MMTA is committed to working with the US EPA, as a SmartWay affiliate, to spread the word on the SmartWay program. Although we are not a participant in the program, we have the unique opportunity to provide our membership, and the general public, with the information you need to potentially increase profitability while improving transportation […]

DISA/AWSI announces cost increase

Maine Motor Transport Association has been notified by DISA/AWSI that the standard cost of for URINE DRUG SCREENS will increase by $2.00 per test, effective January 1, 2022.  This DISA/AWSI notice is scheduled to be sent to MMTA members on October 1, 2021. The DISA/AWSI (formerly FLEET SCREEN) program with Maine Motor Transport Association has […]

Pottle’s Transportation celebrates one of their own

Source: Pottle’s Transportation Last month, Ron Round was named the Bendix Grand Champion for the National Truck Driving Kahoot Championship for 2021. 🏆 There is no one quite like this fella. His knowledge of truck driving, and all the details that go into the job, no matter how small, is simply extraordinary. Ron was awarded […]

MMTA Participates in Amicus Brief on California AB-5 Fight

As many members already know, California’s attempts to limit the use of independent contractors has spilled over into the trucking world and our industry’s long-standing use of owner-operators.  The challenge of the law by the California Trucking Association has been going through the court system and now has ended up at the Supreme Court – […]

Commercial drivers entering New Brunswick

Source: Gallagher Insurance Commercial drivers need not register to enter New Brunswick nor do they need to offer proof of vaccination. Registration and proof of vaccination before entering the Province 5(1) Subject to subsection (2), before entering the Province, an eligible person who is a resident of the Province, resident of any province or territory […]

Trucking industry asked to rank top concerns

Arlington, Virginia – The American Transportation Research Institute, the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today launched the 2021 Top Industry Issues Survey. The annual survey asks trucking industry stakeholders to rank the top issues of concern for the industry along with potential strategies for addressing each issue. Now in its 17th year, ATRI’s annual analysis not […]

IRS announces new per diem rates

Source: Scopelitis The IRS released Notice 2021-52 announcing the new Special Per Diem Rates for 2021-2022. Among other things, the special Meals & Incidental Expense (M&IE) rates for the Transportation Industry have increased to $69 per day from the current $66 per day for travel anywhere in the continental United States (CONUS). For travel outside […]