By: Tony Palmer, AldenLaw
In an unprecedented step in the right direction, the FMCSA released a proposal on December 2, 2013, to modify the Motor Carrier Management Information System to reflect dismissals or reductions of violations in state or local courts. The FMCSA changed its course in response to two lawsuits filed by OOIDA, in which enforcement officials refused to remove violations from carriers’ and drivers’ safety records after the violations were dismissed in state courts. The new rule will change the current policy and remove violations that are dismissed in court. This proposed change is long overdue and will finally provide some due process safeguards for carriers and drivers. The deadline to provide public comment to FMCSA on the proposal is January 2, 2014. Please call John Alden or Tony Palmer at 614-221-1306 with any questions regarding this notice.
For questions, please contact us at Dawson Transportation Services.
The FMCSA is reminding carriers that the biennial MCS-150 update requirement is being enforced. Failure to update as required will result in the DOT # being deactivated and a fine.
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In the September 2nd edition of Transport Topics, an article summarized how electronic logging device makers believe the federal government’s plan to require most truckers to use the devices will cost the industry less than anticipated. Previously the cost of these ELD’s were around $2,000. Now you can get them for as low as $300.
We have spoken with some of our clients who have already installed ELD’s into their equipment, and they couldn’t be happier about their decision. It has increased productivity, accuracy in their logs, and satisfaction among employees. Not to mention, it has also helped improve their current HOS score.
Now let’s put an insurance spin on this…
When it comes to renewal time and an insurance company is either looking at renewing a policy or writing a new policy, what is one of the first steps an underwriter will take? You got it - they are going to get on the SAFER website and take a look at the policyholder's HOS score. This information is one of major factors that an underwriter takes into consideration when determining the appropriate cost of an insurance program.
Also, let’s not forget that while other carrier’s scores in your same peer group are improving, it has an adverse effect on the other members of the same group.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns with how ELD’s are impacting your current peer groups' scores in the HOS arena.
Below you will find an article written by Tony Palmer, of AldenLaw. This article reflects on a pending case in the Supreme Court of Ohio regarding local income taxes on motor carriers. The outcome will affect every motor carrier in the State of Ohio.
AldenLaw was founded in 1975 by John L. Alden, who has practiced in transportation and warehousing law for twenty-five years. John's transportation clients range from local bus and motor carriers to the largest nationwide carriers, including specialized carriers of all types. He also represents shippers, warehousing companies and freight brokers, including small local operations and national firms. A fast-growing segment of clientele are shippers requesting guidance in the ever-changing transportation and logistics areas, as well as new motor carriers entering into business and existing carriers dealing with safety issues.
For any questions please feel free to contact us here at Dawson Transportation Services.
Once again, everyone at Dawson Transportation Services would like to thank Young Truck Sales for putting together “CSA 2010: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow.” We truly enjoyed being able to get together with many other professionals in the industry and present these ever changing and important topics.
For all of those who were unable to make the seminar and are interested in obtaining a flash drive of the presentations, please feel free to contact Matt Coleman at Dawson Transportation. As a reminder, the topics covered were:
- “A Background on CSA”- Dave Bose, Great West Casualty Insurance Company
- “CSA and How it Effects You”- Matt Coleman, Dawson Transportation Services
- “Regulatory Update from PUCO”- Butch Orbovich, Transportation Department Director at the PUCO
- New Motor Carrier ID Fraud Scenario
- Our Commitment to the Transportation Industry
- Changes to the NMFTA Bill of Lading
- Commenting on the USDOT Speed Limiting Devices Proposal
- Why You Need Separate Motor Carriers and Brokerage Corporate Entities
- Workers Compensation Exposure for Drivers Working Outside of Ohio
- FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): The Series Part 3
- Food Safety Modernization Act Webinar- Transportation Rules & Regs
- Paper Work: Written Cell Phone Policy
- Quality Over Quantity