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  • 02 Feb 2018 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a part of its 2017 budget package, Pennsylvania enacted a new requirement that those making payments to nonresident independent contractors must withhold a part of the payment to cover potential liability of the contractors for Pennsylvania state income tax.  

    HOWEVER, this requirement does NOT apply to payments by motor carriers to owner-operators.  Federal law, 49 US Code 14503, says a state can’t require a carrier to withhold income tax on an interstate employee - or require such an employee to pay an income tax - except the state of the employee’s residence.  And the statute’s definition of “employee” includes independent contractors.  

    The Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association says the state’s revenue department is aware of the federal restriction and will not be enforcing the requirement on motor carriers with respect to owner-operators that don’t live in Pennsylvania.

    Source: The State Laws Newsletter

  • 02 Feb 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The federal tax reform package that passed Congress December 20 changes the rules for some truck drivers on the expenses they incur for meals and incidentals while they’re away from home on travel.  

    Employee truck drivers whose carrier does not pay them a per diem allowance will no longer be able to take the costs of meals and incidentals as an itemized deduction, as they have in the past.  

    Although this will be hard on some drivers, it may not make a difference to many, since the new tax law also doubles the standard deduction for taxpayers, so that fewer drivers will be itemizing at all.  

    This change is effective now, for 2018 taxes.  

    Note that owner-operators will still be able to deduct their costs for meals and incidentals, just as they have in the past, since owner-operators are in business for themselves, and those costs are deductible business expenses.  

    Finally, some carriers pay their employee drivers a separate per diem allowance to cover meals and incidentals.  The rules for carriers and drivers in that situation do not change.  

    We might caution, however, that the rules pertaining to per diem programs are complicated and somewhat tricky to implement.

    Source: The State Laws Newsletter

  • 01 Feb 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) recently announced the launch of two state-of-the-art mobile agency vehicles that will increase customer convenience by bringing essential MVC services directly to motorists all around the state.

    The mobile units can be used to help augment customer processing at existing brick and mortar agencies during peak transaction periods.  They are currently being used in Middlesex County at the Edison Agency and also in Union County at the Rahway Agency to help offset increased demand due to the closure of the South Plainfield Agency (the MVC expects to open a new and expanded agency in South Plainfield in 2018).  In the future, the mobile units also can be deployed statewide to meet the needs of underserved communities, senior centers and any location impacted by natural disasters where the immediate replacement of identification documents might be needed.  Additionally, these mobile units can also be used, on a scheduled basis, to process transactions at universities, office campuses, government centers and shopping areas or any location where a substantial amount of transactions can be anticipated. 

    “As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the customer experience, our new mobile agency vehicles will give customers yet another option to conduct their motor vehicle business,” said MVC Chairman and Chief Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.  “New Jersey now joins the ranks of other states that have been able to offer this service to their residents, with great results.”

    The new units are truck-style vehicles that contain most of the features present in a traditional MVC agency.  Customers can use them to renew or obtain duplicate driver licenses, obtain a non-driver ID, renew their vehicle registration, or even obtain a Person with a Disability, Purple Heart, or Disabled Veteran parking placard.

    “I am confident that our mobile agencies will become very popular public outreach tools, especially at events where there is a large concentration of potential customers or for groups where mobility is an issue,” added Martinez. “With upgraded technology and improved customer service, these units make the MVC more accessible.  Quite simply, this program is another positive step to expand services and offer more convenience for our customers.”

    For more information about the MVC mobile agency units, contact us at mvc.mobileagency@mvc.nj.gov or (609) 633-9456.

  • 01 Feb 2018 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jacobs Vehicle Systems®, the world’s leading manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engine retarding systems and valve actuation mechanisms, has been honored by Cummins Inc. with the Category Partnership Award.

    During a recent joint-leadership meeting, Cummins Inc. presented Jacobs Vehicle Systems (Jacobs®) with the Category Partner Award to recognize Jacobs as a world leader in engine braking technology.

    “In 1961, our first engine brake sold was for the Cummins NH engine,” said Dennis Gallagher, President of Jacobs Vehicle Systems. “Since then, we have collaborated with Cummins to deliver innovative products that bring high performance, quality, and reliability to the fleet owners and truckers who rely on our products. We proudly accept this award and look forward to continuing our relationship with Cummins in the future.”

    For over five decades, Jacobs has partnered with Cummins Inc. to deliver industry-leading valvetrain technologies for on- and off-highway vehicles. Domestically, Jacobs designs and manufactures engine brakes for Cummins Inc. for the ISL, ISX-12, and ISM engines as well as the ISX-15/X15 platform which offers the highest performance of any engine brake in North America. Across the globe, Jacobs Engine Brakes® are installed in the Cummins ISZ, ISM, and ISL engines in China and the ISL engine in India, Brazil, and Europe. In addition, aftermarket up-fit kits continue to be produced for legacy engine platforms.

    Jacobs Vehicles Systems is a NJMTA Member

  • 30 Jan 2018 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brooklyn Center, Minnesota – With America’s biggest game of the year headed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend, millions of Americans are already planning their gameday parties. While planning the menu, have you thought about how all those classic football foods get to your table? The answer is simple: trucks.

    To illustrate just how big of an impact the trucking industry has on the big game, the Minnesota Trucking Association and American Trucking Associations created an infographic to show the role trucking will play in delivering perhaps one of most important parts of the game… the snacks. On February 4, Americans will consume over 100 truckloads of popcorn, 350 truckloads of potato chips, 668 truckloads of avocados, 1,562 truckloads of chicken wings, and over 36,166 truckloads of beer. That’s a lot of food!

    While the food and drinks are arguably one of the best parts of the big game, trucking also plays a vital role in delivering products that impact every part of the big game. In addition to the thousands of truckloads of construction materials it took to build U.S. Bank Stadium, trucks will deliver everything from sports equipment, production equipment, paper products, fuel to get everyone to the game, and much more! Not to mention all the truckloads of materials for the events and experiences leading up to the big game across the Twin Cities.

    So, when you sit down to watch football on February 4, take a minute to think about all the trucks it took to deliver America’s biggest game.

    If you’ve got it, a truck brought it!

  • 26 Jan 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    The Regional Field Administrators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Eastern Service Center, Southern Service Center, Midwestern Service Center and Western Service Center hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency issued on December 30, 2017, and continuing the exemption granted in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.23(a)(l) from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), except as otherwise restricted herein. Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York.

    North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

    On December 30, 2017, as a result of the effects of severe winter weather, including Winter Storms Frankie and Grayson, FMCSA issued a Regional Declaration of Emergency for the Affected States and jurisdictions. The Emergency Declaration was extended on January 10, 2018. Because emergency conditions have not abated, FMCSA is again extending the Emergency Declaration and associated regulatory relief in accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25. This extension of the Regional Declaration of Emergency addresses ongoing emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions and provides necessary relief.

    By execution of this extension of the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas and heating oil, into and from the Affected States and jurisdictions are granted emergency relief from Parts 390 through 399 of Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations except as restricted herein.

    Nothing contained in this extension of the Emergency Declaration shall be construed as an exemption from the controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements (49 CFR Part 382), the commercial driver's license requirements (49 CFR Part 383), the financial responsibility (insurance) requirements (49 CFR Part 387), hazardous materials regulations (49 CFR Parts 100 through 180), applicable size and weight requirements, or any other portion of the regulations not specifically authorized pursuant to 49 CFR § 390.23.

    Emergency  Declaration  Restrictions & Limitations

    By execution of this extension to the Emergency Declaration, motor carriers and drivers transporting heating fuel, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, providing direct assistance to the emergency in Affected States and jurisdictions are not granted emergency relief from, and must continue to comply with, the following Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and conditions:

     1.      49 CFR § 392.2 related to the operation of a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with State laws and regulations, including compliance with applicable speed limits and other traffic restrictions.

     2.      49 CFR § 392.3 related to operation of a commercial motor vehicle while a driver's ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness; or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle.

     3.      Motor carriers shall not require or allow fatigued drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle. A driver who informs a carrier that he/she needs immediate rest shall be given at least ten consecutive hours before the driver is required to return to service.

    4.      Drivers are required to comply with the portions of 49 CFR Part 395 related to the preparation, retention and accuracy of a driver's record of duty status (RODS). Drivers are directed to note "Emergency Declaration" in the remarks section of the RODS to identify that their operation is in direct assistance to the emergency relief.

    5.      A motor carrier whose driver is involved in a crash while operating under this emergency declaration must report any recordable crash within 24 hours, by phone or in writing, to the FMCSA Division Office where the motor carrier is domiciled. The carrier must report the date, time, location, driver, vehicle identification, and brief description of the crash.

    6.      Motor carriers or drivers currently subject to an out-of-service order are not eligible for the relief granted by this declaration until they have met the applicable conditions for its rescission and the order has been rescinded by FMCSA.

    7.      Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession.

    8.      Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, the motor carrier and driver are subject to the requirements of 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, except that a driver may return empty to the motor carrier's terminal or the driver's normal work reporting location under the terms of the declaration. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo not in direct furtherance of the emergency relief efforts. Upon return to the terminal or other location, such driver must be relieved of all duty and responsibilities.

     Upon termination of direct assistance to the emergency relief effort, no motor carrier shall require or permit any driver used by it to drive, nor shall any such  driver drive in interstate commerce until the driver has met the minimum hours off duty requirements of 49 CFR § 395.3 (property carriers), and§ 395.5 (passenger carriers).

    In accordance with 49 CFR § 390.25, this extension to the Emergency Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for the duration of the emergency (as defined in 49 CFR § 390.5) or until 11:59 P.M. (ET), February 11, 2018, whichever is less.

  • 24 Jan 2018 11:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On January 2, 2018, Orlinte Cruz, owner of Cruz and Sons Transportation, LLC, and UGMA Logistics, Inc., Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to honest services wire fraud in U.S. District Court, Dallas. The plea was the result of an information filed on November 16, 2017.

    The information alleged Cruz and two Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers concealed material information concerning Level 1 commercial motor vehicle inspections of Cruz’ trucks. DPS performs Level 1 inspections to ensure commercial vehicles are safe for highway travel. The DPS inspection reports are then electronically transmitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) database so the trucks can receive Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance decals. According to the information, between July 2014 and September 2015, Cruz paid a DPS trooper $4,000 to receive favorable Level 1 safety inspections, and the trooper electronically submitted 39 false truck inspections reports to the FMCSA database.

    DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the FBI, Texas DPS Texas Rangers Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • 24 Jan 2018 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has released Port Performance Freight Statistics Program: Annual Report to Congress 2017. This report is the second edition of the annual report from the BTS Port Performance Freight Statistics Program established by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015. The goal of the program is “to provide nationally consistent measures of performance” of the nation’s largest ports, and to report annually to Congress on port capacity and throughput. This annual report presents data and statistics on capacity and throughput at the top 25 ports by tonnage, 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU), and dry bulk tonnage; nationally consistent port performance metrics; and looks ahead at improving this statistics program. The report also includes detailed information on U.S. maritime ports and discussions of throughput and capacity measures to provide a more complete picture of port activity and to place the statistics in context. The complete report or individual sections may be downloaded directly from the BTS website. This publication can also be obtained by ordering online, by contacting BTS by phone at 202-366-DATA or by e-mail at answers@dot.gov
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    . Media contact: Dave Smallen: 202-366-5568, david.smallen@dot.gov

  • 23 Jan 2018 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FMCSA grants a limited 3-month waiver from the Federal hours-of-service (HOS) requirements for electronic logging devices (ELDs) to motor carriers and drivers operating property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMV s) that are rented 

    for a period not exceeding 30 days. The Agency takes this action in response to a waiver request from the Truck Renting and Leasing Association, Inc. (TRALA). The Agency has determined that granting this waiver is in the public interest and will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to the level that would be achieved absent the waiver, based on the terms and conditions imposed.

    This waiver is effective January 19, 2018, through April 19, 2018.

    View the Federal Register notice at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-01-19/pdf/2018-00843.pdf

  • 10 Jan 2018 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     The IRS announced today that it has extended the 2018 due date for certain entities to provide 2017 health coverage information forms to individuals.
    Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to individuals, which is a 30-day extension from the original due date of Jan. 31.
    Insurers, self-insuring employers, other coverage providers, and applicable large employers must furnish statements to employees or covered individuals regarding the health care coverage offered to them. Individuals may use this information to determine whether, for each month of the calendar year, they may claim the premium tax credit on their individual income tax returns.

    This 30-day extension is automatic. Employers and providers don’t have to request it. The due dates for filing 2017 information returns with the IRS are not extended. For 2018, the due dates to file information returns with the IRS are:

    • Feb. 28 for paper filers
    • April 2 for electronic filers

    Because of these extensions, individuals may not receive their Forms 1095-B or 1095-C by the time they are ready to file their 2017 individual income tax return. While information on these forms may assist in preparing a return, the forms are not required to file. Taxpayers can prepare and file their returns using other information about their health coverage. They do not have to wait for Forms 1095-B or 1095-C to file.

    More information is contained in Notice 2018-06. Also visit www.irs.gov/aca for more.

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