Glostone Newsletter September 2014

Glostone Newsletter September 2014

Misinformation May Lead to CDL Holders’ Downgraded Licenses

Be wary!  Many drivers and motor carriers are incorrectly assuming the Medical Examiner will submit proof of medical certification to State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) on behalf Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. This is untrue. MEs have not been assigned this task. CDL holders that mistakenly believe this is taking place may find their CDLs downgraded (i.e., inactive for use in interstate commerce) if they fail to personally submit the medical examiner’s certificate.
The exams performed through CleanFleet are given by DOT certified examiners and they will assist you in transmitting the required information to your Driver Licensing Agency.  Should you need to renew your medical card, call for an appointment at 503-479-6082.

NJ Congratulates Itself on Collections from Carriers

Every few weeks we hear of trucking companies who are being held up by the New Jersey Division of Taxation.  Many carriers don’t realize that doing pick-ups and/or deliveries in New Jersey requires them to be registered for the state’s corporate business tax.  New Jersey tax agents actively pursue carriers at truck stops and warehouses to collect this tax.  Trucks are stopped, drivers harassed, and truck, driver, and cargo may be held by agents of the state taxation department until the carrier wires money to pay off the agents’ seat-of-the-pants tax “assessment.”  The assessment is often times as much as $2,000.  In fact, in the summer issue of The New Jersey State Tax News, the department brags it has since July of last year, collected $1.2 million from its stops of trucks.  See the details here:  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/stn/summer14.pdf

FMCSA Looking At CSA Improvements

The FMCSA is looking to soon release improvement information in two areas of their Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program.
In the first area, a study is soon to be released on the FMCSA’s recommendations of how to treat “no fault” crash scoring.  The current CSA methodology scores all reportable crashes, whether “at fault” or “not at fault”, equally.
The study is in response to industry’s criticism of the current CSA policy.  The industry recommendation has been that “no fault” crashes should not become part of the CSA scoring.  The FMCSA has not provided any details to hint at what the actual recommendations might entail.
The FMCSA has also announced that it will present a rule making by February 15, 2015, that will tie a Carriers safety fitness determination to its CSA scoring data.  Currently, a safety fitness determination of Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory can only be assigned to a carrier after an audit of records by FMCSA enforcement officials.  The CSA data leads enforcement to the carrier but it’s the audit that actually determines the safety rating.
The FMCSA rule proposal will bypass the audit requirement and will let the CSA data automatically assign a safety fitness determination.  Depending upon how this rule is to be implemented, this rule has the potential of changing a carrier’s safety rating each month as CSA scores are updated.  This rule could be an industry game changer (not in a good way)and should be looked at carefully once the details have been published.

Upcoming Classroom Training Schedule
Glostone Trucking Solutions, through their Rules of the Road Learning Center, is offering the following classroom training opportunities in September and October.

September 24   Employer Responsibilities For Managing A DOT Regulated Drug and Alcohol Program
8:30am to Noon at the Clackamas Learning Center.

September 30   Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Fundamentals
8:30am to 5pm at the Monarch Hotel and Conference Center-Hosted by Skip Nash

October 8            Log Book Mastery Course
8:30 to 4:30 at the Clackamas Learning Center

October 22          Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations-Beyond Basics
8:30 to 4:30 at the Clackamas Learning Center

To register for a class, go to www.glostone.com and choose the Training link or call Jennifer at 503-607-1088.

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NJ Congratulates Itself on Collections from Carriers

Every few weeks we hear of trucking companies who are being held up by the New Jersey Division of Taxation.  Many carriers don’t realize that doing pick-ups and/or deliveries in New Jersey requires them to be registered for the state’s corporate business tax.  New Jersey tax agents actively pursue carriers at truck stops and warehouses to collect this tax.  Trucks are stopped, drivers harassed, and truck, driver, and cargo may be held by agents of the state taxation department until the carrier wires money to pay off the agents’ seat-of-the-pants tax “assessment.”  The assessment is often times as much as $2,000.  In fact, in the summer issue of The New Jersey State Tax News, the department brags it has since July of last year collected $1.2 million from its stops of trucks.  See the details here:  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/pdf/pubs/stn/summer14.pdf

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Misinformation May Lead to CDL Holders’ Downgraded Licenses

Be wary!  Many drivers and motor carriers are incorrectly assuming the Medical Examiner will submit proof of medical certification to State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) on behalf Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders. This is untrue. MEs have not been assigned this task. CDL holders that mistakenly believe this is taking place may find their CDLs downgraded (i.e., inactive for use in interstate commerce) if they fail to personally submit the medical examiner’s certificate

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NATSA To Host 2 Day DOT Regulatory Compliance Workshop

If you are looking for an intensive training program that not only covers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations but also the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP), you should consider this once a year event hosted by the North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA).  The training provided is the most extensive available covering all Federal and State DOT regulatory agencies.  In addition to the workshops, regulators from the FMCSA, IRP and IFTA will be in attendance to answer questions.  The depth of material covered is well worth the expense.

This year’s event will be held in Nashville on September 17 and 18.  Find out more at www.natsa.info.  Alex Vukonich of Glostone will be hosting the CSA- In Depth workshop!  We hope to see you there

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Glostone Newsletter August 2014

Glostone Newsletter August 2014

Last Chance To File 2014-2015 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

September 2nd is the deadline for carriers to file their 2014-2015 Heavy Vehicle Use Tax with the IRS.  Vehicles registered at 55,000 lbs. or more are required to file.  The amount of tax is based upon weight.  Those failing to file and pay the tax by the deadline date will face steep penalty and interest charges by the IRS.   Trucks without proof of payment of this tax will not be allowed to get 2015 tags until payment is made.  There are exemptions available for certain types of trucks and low mileage trucks.  Contact us at 503-607-1088 for help with your filing and avoid the long lines at the IRS!

NATSA To Host 2 Day DOT Regulatory Compliance Workshop

If you are looking for an intensive training program that not only covers Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations but also the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and the International Registration Plan (IRP), you should consider this once a year event hosted by the North American Transportation Services Association (NATSA).  The training provided is the most extensive available covering all Federal and State DOT regulatory agencies.  In addition to the workshops, regulators from the FMCSA, IRP and IFTA will be in attendance to answer questions.  The depth of material covered is well worth the expense.

This year’s event will be held in Nashville on September 17 and 18.  Find out more at www.natsa.info.  Alex Vukonich of Glostone will be hosting the CSA- In Depth workshop!  We hope to see you there!

DOT Certified Physicals Now Available With Expanded Hours

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation went into effect May 1st requiring that health care professionals meeting the requirements to perform Driver Medical Examinations complete specialized training and register with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to become a “DOT Certified” practitioner.  The new rule also places a burden on the Carrier as part of the Driver Qualification File process to document that the practitioner performing each driver’s exam after May 1 has been DOT certified.

Over the past month, Glostone’s sister company CleanFleet has contracted with Dr. Angela Ozeruga D.C., and Dr. Kristen Livingston D.C., both DOT certified examiners , in order to expand the hours it can offer DOT physical exams at the Clackamas location. “Having Dr. Ozeruga and Dr. Livingston come onboard and help us expand hours for DOT physicals has been a huge benefit to our members,” says Brian Gray, CleanFleet COO. “We now can provide our members even more convenience and flexibility in scheduling their physicals with very low wait times,” he said.

DOT Physical Hours At Clackamas:

Monday               8:00 – 12:00

Wednesday         12:00 – 4:00

Thursday              8:00 – 5:00

Friday                   8:00 -12:00

The addition of Dr.’s Ozeruga and Livingston covering the Clackamas location has allowed Dr. Julia Wilber D.C. to start offering DOT physicals at the new Marine Drive location on an appointment basis.  In addition to DOT Certified Physicals exams, each Doctor offers more extensive agility testing and chiropractic services for those in need.

Walk-ins are welcome at the Clackamas location but to ensure a low wait time it’s always best to schedule an appointment by calling 503-479-6082.

 

Rules Of The Road Learning Center

Glostone Trucking Solutions, along with sister company CleanFleet, has launched the Rules of the Road Learning Center.  The Learning Center offers a suite of training options designed to provide knowledge and best practices involved with regulatory compliance within the trucking industry.

“As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ramps up the enforcement phase of its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, we are seeing a significant jump in the number violations, audits and safety fitness ratings negatively impacting our clients” says Dave Gray, President of Glostone Trucking Solutions.  “When addressing the FMCSA to upgrade a poor safety rating, it always comes down to education, both at the company level and the driver level.  Before the FMCSA allows a carrier to upgrade their safety rating, they will ensure that the ownership has the regulatory knowledge, the correct practices are in place and that the compliance practices are being managed.  Our Rules of the Road Learning Center is designed to provide that education before the violations occur and keep our clients out of the audit process.”

Training formats include a 30 person classroom located at the Clackamas, Oregon location as well as a large group Webinar format, small group GoToMeeting format or one-on-one training conducted on site.  Also available is a library of over 300, 5 to 15 minute videos that can be viewed online, 24/7 and includes verifiable completion certificate.

Training topics cover the gamut of FMCSR regulatory compliance issues including:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)fundamentals,
  • Driver Hours of Service,
  • Designated Employer Representative (DER) Drug & Alcohol Program Responsibilities,
  • Driver Responsibilities Within a DOT Compliant Drug and Alcohol Program,
  • Managing your CSA scores,
  • Reasonable Suspicion Training For Supervisors,
  • New Entrant Training: Surviving the first year,
  • And more!

Other regulatory compliance training topics include:

  • Getting The Right Plates And Tags For Trucks
  • International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Tax Reporting and Compliance
  • Basic Small Carrier Accounting and Payroll
  • Electronic Logging Devise Overview Training
  • And more!

You can find out more about the Rules Of The Road Learning Center, available training courses, and schedule by going to http://www.rulesoftheroadlc.com/wordpress1/ or by contacting Glostone Trucking Solutions at 503-607-1088.

 

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