Teleconference – Rolling Stock Tax haunts motor carriers in Massachusetts

Mark Malloy, Esq., Tenax Strategies

Mark Malloy, Esq., Tenax Strategies

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TAM has been working with lawmakers to remove the Massachusetts Rolling Stock Tax. Your company could be subject to a rolling stock tax audit soon, and you could face significant penalties and fines.

This teleconference – featuring speaker Mark Molloy, managing director of Tenax Strategies, will provide invaluable information concerning the tax and how it is a threat to Massachusetts trucking companies. Past due taxes and penalties have been accessed to multiple companies in excess of $1 million dollars already.

TAM has spearheaded language that is currently being considered to level the playing field for all Massachusetts interstate trucking companies and we need you now more than ever. We urge you to join us on this important call.

If you have been paying the tax, this is a significant opportunity to remove this cumbersome expense. It allows us to level the playing field with out-of-state competitors. With the tax removed, it will allow you to upgrade your fleets to safer, more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. If you have not been paying this tax you definitely can’t miss this call!

Did you know:

  • 37 states exempt the taxation of rolling stock, but not Massachusetts.
  • Rolling stock tax returned to Massachusetts in the mid-90s, but was not collected until recently.
  • This issue impacts any company with a “substantial nexus” to Massachusetts operating inter-\state routes.
  • Your company could be subject to a rolling stock tax audit soon with the potential of significant penalties and fines.
  • This tax puts every company based in Massachusetts or operating in Massachusetts at a competitive disadvantage.


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TAM Board of Directors Meeting

Members are invited to join us at any Board meeting. Contact us if you would like to attend.

FMCSA trucking industry teleconference concerning COVID-19



Please join us for an important update regarding the FMCSA’s recent activities revolving around the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be joined by Federal Programs Manager Steven Hanley, Division Administrator Richard Bates, and State Programs Manager Matt Poirier.

The FMCSA representatives will give some brief remarks and then open the floor for questions.

(POSTPONED) Safety Roundtable – Marijuana decriminalization

This event has been postponed. When the event is rescheduled, we will inform the membership and post online.

While marijuana decriminalization has profound implications for all highway safety, is of particular concern within the realm of professional drivers, as truck and bus crashes are often far deadlier than passenger vehicle crashes. As a result, the transportation industry and law enforcement have been tasked to manage education and enforcement in unison. Our panelists will discuss the consequences of marijuana use among drivers, the increased potential for crashes, initiatives for clear regulations and solutions for protecting our roadways.


Lt. Stephen May, Sr. (Rowley Massachusetts PD retired) has 30 years of experience in the detection, identification and prosecution of drug and alcohol impaired drivers. He is a nationally certified Drug Recognition Expert and currently participates in a private sector marijuana research project at a major teaching hospital in Boston. For over 20 years May has trained and certified police officers across Massachusetts in impaired driving investigative procedures and techniques. He has been accepted and testified as an expert witness Massachusetts criminal courts. May has received a number of awards from MADD recognizing him as a leader in impaired driving education and enforcement. Since 2007 he has been active in legislative efforts to promote highway safety by working toward more effective impaired driving laws in Massachusetts.

May attended Northeastern University majoring in Transportation and Physical Distribution, and later graduated from Western New England with BS in Law Enforcement and MS in Criminal Justice Administration. Prior to entering law enforcement, he spent 10 years in operations management for several specialized carriers in Massachusetts.

May is the owner of Stephen W. May LLC located in Amesbury, MA providing reasonable suspicion, drug free workplace and drug related training to companies throughout the New England area.

Jennifer M. Whitehill, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a PhD in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric injury prevention at the University of Washington. Her research is aimed at understanding and preventing injuries, especially among youth and young adults, with a focus on substance use (i.e. alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs) as a risk factor for injury. Currently, she is working to understand the impact of cannabis policy changes on injury risk factors and outcomes using a range of research methods that include survey research, analysis of large datasets, and qualitative methods. She has specific expertise in the area of cannabis impaired-driving and motor vehicle crashes. She has served as the principal investigator for research funded by the National Institutes of Health and recently served as a scientific leader for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Marijuana Baseline Health Study.

This safety roundtable will take place in the Guinness Room at Marcus Hall.

SBA Loan Program(s) update

Join TAM for a conference call to uncover the ins and outs of the new Small Business Association’s (SBA) forgivable loan program; the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Loan Program. This call will provide general information on the following topics.

  • Which companies are eligible
  • How to apply
  • The factors to consider in evaluating whether you would like to participate in the program

Moderator : Kevin Weeks, TAM Executive Director

Speakers: Stephen Normandin, V.P. of Strategy at Brauns Express

Mark Molloy, Esq. Managing Director at Tenax Strategies

This is an online Zoom event scheduled for 2 p.m.on Tuesday April 7th at 2:00 PM

Webinar: Business strategies to recover from COVID-19 impacts

Our partners at Tenax Strategies are offering a valuable webinar on April 30. We urge you to find the time to participate.

How do we get back to the future? This is the question we’re going to address in a special webinar presented by Crews Consulting Group.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How your business can recover from the economic and social impact on COVID-19.
  • How to strategically restore the core functions of your business as you resume normal operations.
  • How to revitalize your company by incorporating your most effective “pandemic pivots” long-term.

We’ll also have a Q&A session to address your company’s specific issues.

The webinar is Thursday, April 30, at 1 pm ET.

Register for this Zoom teleconference today.

Teleconference: ATA’s Chris Spear with COVID-19 recovery update

On April 14, President Trump announced the Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups task force and appointed several carrier representatives, along with American Trucking Association’s President Chris Spear. This group will advise government officials about critical next steps as the nation works through recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

Chris will be joining us at 4 p.m. ET on Monday, May 4 for a national perspective on COVID-19 and its impact on our industry. He’ll be sharing more about the planning taking place, trucking’s role in reopening the economy and what we can expect in the months ahead.

TAM members are invited to join the call. Find out more about the plans to reopen the economy, as well as some of the pain points that the trucking industry may experience as things ramp up again.

Register in Advance

To register for this event, send an email to TAM as soon as possible. In the message area, please reference the Chris Spear teleconference. An email will be sent to you with an invitation link and details prior to the call.

Teleconference: State police and the direction of Commercial Vehicle Unit

Join Lt. Thomas Fitzgerald  of the Massachusetts State Police for an informative session on the direction of the Commercial Vehicle Unit as we all deal with COVID-19 implications.

Many, if not all of you, are familiar with Lt. Fitzgerald and his information is always insightful and helpful for our industry. We are fortunate to have Lt. Fitzgerald as an ongoing advocate for our industry and always open to our concerns and input.

Please register early for this teleconference. Space is limited.

TAM Board of Directors Meeting

Members are invited to join us at any Board meeting. Contact us if you would like to attend.

This will be a virtual meeting. Conference log in details will be emailed to those attending.

Webinar: Plugging in, electric trucks in the Northeast

The Clean Freight Work Group of the Northeast Diesel Collaborative (NEDC) invites you to an interactive session to get ready for electric truck technology. We will cover the current state and outlook for technology and charging infrastructure, as well as what we in the Northeast can do to make adoption of these technologies by fleets and facilities viable and attractive. We look forward to a productive discussion with you!


  • Welcome – Abby Swaine, SmartWay and Clean Freight Programs, US EPA Region 1
  • Global Commercial Vehicle Drive To Zero Program — Ben Mandel, Northeast Regional Director, CALSTART
  • Run on Less: Electric Trucks in Regional Haul — Dave Schaller, Industry Engagement Director, NACFE
  • New York Truck Voucher Incentive Program – Patrick Bolton, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA
  • New York City Clean Trucks Program – Susan McSherry, Alternative Fuels Director, NYCDOT
  • Q&A / Discussion