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House Bill 71 Introduced in Ohio

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dawson Transportation Insurance wanted to let everyone know that House Bill 71 was introduced to the Ohio House this week. We believe this will be an important bill to follow regarding anti-indemnification agreements in transportation contracts. Feel free to contact Dawson Transportation Services with any questions regarding this bill.

See Bill Information at Ohio Legislature Website

For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services

 

Hours of Service Restart Rule Rollback and What You Need to Know

Friday, January 16, 2015

The controversial Hours of Service (HOS) rules put into place in 2013 included limitations on the 34-hour restart for drivers. In July 2013, the 34-hour restart rule was restricted so that drivers could only restart once every seven calendar days (168 hours) to reset the 60 or 70 hour clock. In addition, the restart needed to include two nighttime periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., using the driver's home terminal time zone.

In December 2014 those restrictions were overturned as part of the Congressional Budget Bill passed.

In the wake of the legislation, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) immediately suspended the requirement that each restart contain two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. overnights and the prohibition on using the provision more frequently than once every seven days.

While the suspension was immediate and the FMCSA is required by the law to produce a Federal Register notice to alert drivers, enforcers and other stakeholders of the change, it may take those charged with enforcement of the regulations a while to catch up. 

Effective December 2014:

  • There is no limit on the number of restarts a driver or motor carrier can use: the 2013 limitation of one restart every 168 consecutive hours in 7 days requirement is now gone.
  • The 34 consecutive hour restart can begin and end at any time during the day or night, and the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. consecutive nights requirement is also gone.
  • The 34 consecutive hour restart can commence at anytime regardless of the number of cumulative hours worked.  
Important: the 30 minute rest break required for all drivers who complete records of duty status is retained. This rule is not applicable to 100- or 150-air-mile radius operations. For more information on the hours of service rule visit the FMCSA web page on the subject by clicking the link below.

FMCSA – Hours of Service 

 

For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services.

 

Reference
Acuity. (2015, January 16). Rollback of Hours of Service Restart Rule Creates Potential for Confusion. InGear Express Trucking News. Retrieved from electronic newsletter.

    FMCSA Asking for Comments on Insurance Proposal

    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    The FMCSA is looking for your comments on a plan to increase the insurance minimums for carriers and establish insurance requirements for brokers and freight forwarders.

    The notice is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register this week. The agency said it will publish an insurance proposal for private carriers separately.

    The agency is acting on instructions from Congress to update insurance requirements that have been in place for almost 30 years.

    In 2012, Congress considered telling the agency to raise the general freight minimum to $1 million, but ultimately told the agency to prepare an analysis that could become the basis for a new standard.

    The agency found that the insurance minimums need to be reevaluated due to increasing medical costs and changing the statistical life estimates. It is considering a range of numbers, but one would be to peg the minimums to the Consumer Price Index.

    For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services


    Property Brokerage Insurance Seminar

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    Dawson Transportation Services is excited to announce that we will be hosting our second Property Brokerage Insurance Seminar on Thursday, October 16th. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by October 6th at the link below.

    We have arranged multiple speakers including, but not limited to Jonathan Stringer of Great West Casualty and with Marc Blubaugh of Benesch Law. Marc is currently President of the Transportation Lawyers Association and has litigated a wide variety of transportation and logistics-related cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as before administrative bodies.

    Please click here to learn more about this FREE seminar or to register online.

    We hope to see you there!

     

    New Jersey Corporation Business Tax Alert

    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    Special Agents of the New Jersey Department of Treasury, Division of Taxation are once again actively enforcing corporation business tax compliance on unsuspecting interstate motor carriers. If a Special Agent finds an interstate motor carrier making pick-ups and/or deliveries in the state but not registered for and paying corporation business tax, the truck is immediately held while the Special Agent ascertains how many years the interstate motor carrier has been doing this type of business activity in New Jersey. A jeopardy assessment of at least $1,000 per year is issued and the truck along with its cargo is not released until the money is wired to the state. Interstate motor carriers should closely examine their New Jersey business activities to determine if a corporation business tax filing is warranted. Information about the New Jersey voluntary compliance program for an unregistered business can be requested at TaxRevOps@treas.nj.gov.



    Reference: Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C. (2014, August 29). New Jersey Corporation Business Tax Alert.

    Ohio House Bill 493 Signed Into Law

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Our very own John Burtch, President of Dawson Transportation Services, was instrumental in getting Ohio House Bill 493 passed this week, which provides protection for businesses whose employees travel out of state for business - a HUGE issue in the trucking industry.

    Click here to see our article on this as well as links to other information about the bill.

    Congratulations to John, and to all the agents and representatives from numerous industries who came together to get this bill passed.  Well done!

    Roadcheck Inspection Blitz 6/3-6/5

    Monday, June 02, 2014
    Just a friendly reminder to everyone that tomorrow starts the three day roadcheck inspection blitz put on by the CVSA and FMCSA. Roughly 10,000 inspectors from local, state, and federal enforcement agencies will be stationed at 1,500 inspection points throughout the U.S.

    Below is a link to the CVSA website which reviews the main equipment targets for the blitz. Please take the time to review and make sure all drivers are aware of the upcoming blitz.

    http://www.cvsa.org/programs/documents/roadcheck2013/Roadcheck-Checklist--2013.pdf

     

    For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services

    FMCSA Looks Into New Rule for Insurance Minimums

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    In a report to Congress, the FMCSA stated that the current minimums on insurance needs to be reevaluated. Insurance minimums have not been adjusted since 1985.

    In 2012, as part of Map-21, Congress decided to have the FMCSA conduct a review on current insurance requirements, and also to conduct a review every four years, going forward.

    Studies show that only 1% of crashes are serious enough to hit the minimum requirement of insurance. Unfortunately, when they do, they easily exceed that number. A big reason for the possible increase is related to the increase in medical costs.

    We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you updated as information is presented.

    For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services.



     
     

    On-The-Road-Fitness

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    We all know how difficult it can be for drivers to live a healthy lifestyle while on the road. Between the fast food stops and countless hours sitting behind the wheel, it’s no surprise to hear the number of obese truck drivers. Men’s Health recently released an article in its April 2014 issue which gives some tips to improve workouts while on the road. Take a look at these seven strategies to encourage positive results:

    1. No matter what, exercise 15 minutes every day. It doesn’t have to be in a gym, and you don’t need a formal plan.
    2. Make each workout vigorous. Your goal should to be to maintain 75 to 85 perfect of your max heart rate. This will maximize both fat burning and more importantly your time.

    3. Work multiple muscle groups simultaneously.

    4. Always eat after working out. Obviously, this meal should be something healthy and high in protein.

    5. Eat breakfast, and then eat small meals every 3 hours. This will keep hunger at bay and prevents binging late in the day.

    6. Keep healthy snacks handy. When driving, the tendency is to eat what’s available, so make healthy snacks available.

    7. Log your nutrition and fitness.

    If you haven’t yet, I recommend picking up the April issue of Men’s Health. This article includes some very realistic workout and diet suggestions which can be passed along to your drivers.

     

    Reference:  Kita, J. (2014, April). Hit the Road Jacked. Men's Health .

    Supreme Court Allows Cities to Regulate Towing Companies

    Thursday, February 06, 2014
    By: Anthony E. Palmer, Jr. ./ AldenLaw

    In its January 21, 2014 decision, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that a state law that prohibited municipalities from licensing, registering, or regulating towing companies was unconstitutional. In the case, Cleveland sued the State of Ohio over a state law passed in 2003 that provided for statewide regulation of towing companies. The state law expressly prohibited cities from imposing regulations on towing companies. The Supreme Court found this ban to be unconstitutional because it limited the power of cities to enact similar regulations that were not in conflict with state law. This decision now allows cities to regulate towing companies, in addition to PUCO regulations, so long as the city regulations are not in conflict with state law. The court did not decide whether Cleveland’s towing regulations conflicted with Ohio’s regulations. That dispute will be settled another day.


            
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