Penalties Boosted for Toll Evaders
Both the New York State Thruway Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are increasing the penalties for non-payment of tolls, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York State Bridge Authority are reviewing their policies.
The penalty for non-payment of tolls on such major facilities as the Tappan Zee Bridge will jump to $100 but remain at $50 for the Thruway in general.
At the MTA, the higher penalty will apply to the Bronx-Whitestone, Triborough, Throgs Neck and Verrazano-Narrows bridges and at the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels.
The lower penalty will apply to the Henry Hudson, Cross Bay Veterans Memorial and Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial bridges.
NEW YORK TRUCK IDLING EXCEPTIONS
All on-road vehicles with a GVWR exceeding 8,500 pounds and designed primarily for transporting persons or properties are prohibited from allowing the engine to idle, when the vehicle is not in motion, for more than five consecutive minutes.
This does not apply when:
- A diesel fueled truck is to remain motionless for a period exceeding two hours, and during which period the ambient temperature is continuously below 25°F.
- A vehicle forced to remain motionless because of the traffic conditions over which the operator has no control.
- An engine is being used to provide power for an auxiliary purpose, such as loading, discharging, mixing or processing cargo; controlling cargo temperature; construction; lumbering; oil or gas well servicing; farming; or when operation of the engine is required for the purpose of maintenance.
Indemnification Clauses Now Illegal in Shipping Contracts
Late Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law, TANY-initiated Anti-Indemnification legislation, which prohibits the use of absolute liability clauses in shipping contracts. These contracts essentially hold the motor carrier accountable for damages related to a freight shipment, regardless of which party causes the damage.
Anti-Indemnification legislation has been a top priority of TANY, as New York has been at a disadvantage over 44 other states. In the past decade, it has become common practice for shippers to include language in their contracts with motor carriers indemnifying the shipper against any liabilities or damage to the goods being shipped, regardless of fault. This has often left carriers with a "take it or leave it" situation in order to get the freight.
The new Anti-Indemnification law is effective immediately.
All carriers are urged to check their current contracts for indemnification language, and ensure that this language is not included in future contracts.
NEW JERSEY TAX ENFORCEMENT
Taxation investigative teams focus on transient out-of-State vendors with business activities in New Jersey that create '"nexus'" and trigger a tax obligation. Investigators work cooperatively with local and State law enforcement officials as well as U.S. Customs. The teams monitor construction sites, warehouses, and weigh stations to uncover unregistered or noncompliant vendors.
Individuals who are part of an out-of-State corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship conducting business in the Garden State could have nexus with New Jersey.
A business has nexus with New Jersey if it maintains a temporary or permanent presence (employees, service personnel, or independent sales/service agents) or property (inventory, offices, or warehouses) or has employees travel to the State to call on customers, conduct retail or wholesale sales, attend trade shows, or consign inventory to warehouses. If so, that company should register with the Division of Taxation.
Business owners can obtain information about registering a business on the Division's website or by contacting the Division's Nexus Audit Group at 609-984-5749. They can also register their business online.
To request information about voluntary compliance for an unregistered business, send an email to TaxRevOps@treas.nj.gov
NYS plans to eliminate MTA Toll Booths
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York's crossings for the 21st century.
The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State. At the Governor’s direction, the state will also deploy cutting-edge technology and security personnel to high-profile crossings in New York to enhance public safety and fortify anti-terror efforts.
For more information
UNITED CARRIER REGISTRATION
Please be aware that if you receive notification from a DOT compliance company informing you to file your annual UCR agreement, you can file yourself avoiding additional expenses at the following link:
UCR FEE SCHEDULE
- $76 for 0 to 2 Vehicles
- $227 for 3 to 5 Vehicles
- $452 for 6 to 20 Vehicles
- $1,576 for 21 to 100 Vehicles
- $7,511 for 101 to 1000 Vehicles
- $73,346 for 1001 or more Vehicles
FMCSA amends regulations to allow safety tech to be mounted on windshields.
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Hours reform left out of Senate bill, 34-hour restart future still uncertain...
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IF YOU RECEIVE A LETTER FROM THE FMCSA...
DON'T THROW IT AWAY!!!
Correspondence sent to your place of business that specifically identifies an alerted Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) and outlines possible consequences of continued safety problems. The warning letter provides instructions for accessing carrier safety data and measurement as well as a point-of-contact. This is an early warning sign that if ignored, could lead to a DOT audit!
New rule requires passengers in large commercial trucks to wear seat belts!
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that passengers riding in large commercial trucks will be required to use seat belts whenever the vehicles are operated on public roads in interstate commerce.
Effective August 8, 2016, the final rule revises Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and holds motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in large commercial trucks are using seat belts.
FMCSA removes New York Chiropractors from trucker medical examiner registry.
Chiropractors in the state of New York have been removed from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and are no longer certified to conduct truck driver DOT physicals as of June 1 2016!
Certification cards issued by these doctors before June 1st, are in good standing and will remain valid up to their expiration date.
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NYS HUT - Highway Use Tax Fee Reduction!
As of April 13, 2016, registering a truck for Highway Use Tax (HUT) will now only cost $1.50 per truck.
As part of the recently enacted New York State budget, the $15 HUT Certificate of Registration fee and the $4 HUT decal fee have been eliminated. Those fees have been replaced by a $1.50 per truck administration fee. Please note: Only the fee has changed.
NON-CDL MEDICAL CARD REGULATION
In most cases, operating a Non-CDL vehicle for commercial use, requires a driver to carry a DOT medical card. Find out if your driver is required by using the link below from the NYSDOT!!!!
CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU NEED A MED CARD!
BUT....WHAT ABOUT THE HUT?
The NYS Highway Use Tax is required for any truck, tractor or other self-propelled vehicle with a gross weight in excess of 18,000lbs. This tax is imposed on motor carriers that operate on NYS public highways (excluding toll-paid portions of the NYS Thruway). The tax is based on mileage traveled and is computed at a rate determined by the weight of the motor vehicle and the method that you choose to report the tax.
The NYS HUT tax return must be filed on a quarterly basis, starting with the calendar year when you began operations in NYS. If your preceding calendar years total highway use tax is more than $4,000.00, you will be reclassified to a monthly filer. If your prior calendar year’s total tax is $250.00 or less, you may request permission to file once a year. The most convenient way to file is online, and the link is as follows:
DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE!
KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!
To register for a free FMCSA Portal account.
The portal account will provide you with access to your company's safety rating with the D.O.T.
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR MCS-150 RECENTLY?
FAILURE TO COMPLETE A TIMELY UPDATE CAN RESULT IN THE DEACTIVATION OF YOUR USDOT NUMBER AND A CIVIL PENALTY OF UP TO $1000 PER DAY BUT NOT TO EXCEED $10,000. A VERY COSTLY "OUT OF SERVICE" VIOLATION.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO UPDATE ONLINE.
*IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL HUB CUSTOMERS*
USERNAME AND PASSWORD FOR WEBSITE ENTRANCE IS