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Certified Driver Trainer (CDT) Designation Course Coming to Dayton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We just wanted to let everyone know that there is a Certified Driver Trainer (CDT) designation course coming to Dayton, Ohio at the end of this month. Here are the details:

June 30 and July 1, 2015

Drury Inn & Suites North
6616 Miller Lane Dayton, Ohio 45414

$900 Course Tuition
Participants will be responsible for their own travel, room costs and meals.

For additional details please contact:

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TMAF at Mid-America Trucking Show 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015
TMAF (Trucking Moves America Forward) is participating in the MAT (Mid America Trucking Show) in Louisville, KY March 26-28, 2015.

On Friday, March 27 at 1:00 p.m TMAF will be at MAT, in B-104 in the South Wing Lobby. There will be an interactive educational session to learn more about TMAF and the importance of getting involved. Leaders from the executive committee and professional truck drivers will demonstrate in detail about the need for the movement and explain why sharing your personal story is critical to strengthening the industry and to improving its image. TMAF will also be on display at the ATA booth during the conference.

Learn more about the industry-wide movement, Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), created to improve the image of trucking; its achievements in one year and what is ahead for 2015 by visiting their website at

To find out more, click the links below.

Mid America Trucking Show

Trucking Moves America Forward

 For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services

Possible New EPA Requirements for Storage Tanks in 2015

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The EPA is working to expand its prior requirements to include all tanks to have double walled construction, replace piping to double walled, and require more frequent inspections of above/underground storage tanks. We realize a good amount of our clients may be currently affected by this and will continue to monitor the situation. Please feel free to give us a call with any questions on the matter.

For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services 


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.


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

    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.


    For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services

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