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ICE ON THE WINDSHIELD = ICE ON THE ROAD!

 

Watch out for BLACK ICE! The ice doesn’t have to be packed on the road to be dangerous. A thin sheet is all it takes to make driving hazardous. A good rule to follow for checking black ice conditions is when the road looks wet and the vehicle in front of you has no spray coming off the tires......Watch out!!!!!  A reflective road can be a destructive road.
Find your local weather forecast on the link below.

 


 

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:

http://www.tax.ny.gov/

 


 

DON'T WAIT UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE!

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!

 To register for a free FMCSA Portal account.

Visit

 https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login

The portal account will provide you with access to your company's safety rating with the D.O.T.


 

NYS HIGHWAY USE TAX DECALS (HUT)
DID YOU RENEW ?

The 21st Series HUT Decals which are purple, expired on December 31st of 2015. The new 22nd Series decals are now orange in color and must be affixed to all trucks weighing over 18,000lbs and operated on NYS roads. The easiest way to obtain a new decal is to visit the NYS OSCAR website:

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS ARE WRITING TICKETS FOR EXPIRED DECALS!!

 

**WINTER EMERGENCY ITEMS FOR TRUCK DRIVER’S**


  • WARM SOCKS, HAT AND GLOVES – Waterproof gloves may cost more, but keep your hands from freezing, going numb, and becoming unusable. 
  • BLANKET OR SLEEPING BAG 
  • NON – PERISHABLE FOODS – Such as dried fruit, nuts, granola. 
  • EXTRA MEDICATION – Check expiration dates. 
  • BOTTLED WATER 
  • SHOVEL – (foldable). 
  • FLASHLIGHTS & BATTERIES 
  • FIRST AID KIT 
  • MULTI – PURPOSE TOOL 
  • JUMPER CABLES 
  • TOOL KIT – Screwdrivers (flat & Phillips.) pliers, box knife, small selection of wrenches, duct tape, spare bulbs & fuses. 
  • WINDSHIELD DE-ICER & SCRAPER 
  • FULLY CHARGED CELLPHONE & CHARGER 
  • EXTRA WASHER FLUID 

 



BE PREPARED FOR OLD MAN WINTER! 



TREAT YOUR DIESEL! – Diesel fuel turns to gel when it gets cold, if it gels your truck won’t run! A good rule to follow is to start using an anti-gel fuel additive once temps fall to 40 degrees and below. Always add the anti-gel before you fuel up, this way it properly mixes. Be sure to use the correct amount of additive to fuel ratioFuel purchased from HUB already is pre-treated with anti-gel additive. 

ICE ON WINDSHIELD=ICE ON ROAD! – The ice doesn’t have to be packed on the road to be dangerous, a thin sheet is all it takes to make driving hazardous. 

WATCH OUT FOR BLACK ICE! – A good rule to follow is to check for black ice when the road looks wet and also by watching the vehicle in front of you. If there is no spray coming from the tires and the road looks wet, watch out!!! A reflective road can be a destructive road!  

DRAIN YOUR AIR TANKS! – Daily draining of air tanks is a good preventitive measure all year long, when temps are at freezing or below it’s a must to avoid ice in the air lines which is a very dangerous issue. Always check for excessive oil when draining the air tanks as this may be a warning sign that should be reported to your maintenance facility. 

WATCH WHERE YOU PARK! – Avoid leaving trucks in flood prone loading docks and where water and ice can form when bad weather is predicted. If you have a truck parked in a flooded area, and the water is above the lowest lug nut, do not start it! Avoid parking trucks where heavy snow and ice can fall on the top of trucks such as overhangs, which can cause the cargo roof to cave in. This does happen! 

CHECK YOUR WIPERS! – Always check for operation of wipers & washer fluid. Ensure that the wipers remove solution without streaking. Remember, do not use water in the washer fluid holding tank! *Be sure to clear snow and ice off wipers before operating!* 

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! – Always leave extra room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Be careful when driving over bridges and exit ramps. Airflow and water over and under bridges and exit/entry ramps tend to freeze first. Use caution!! 

 


 

CLEAR THE SNOW BEFORE YOU GO! 

IT’S THE LAW!

 

ALL SNOW MUST BE REMOVED FROM YOUR VEHICLE BEFORE DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAYS. In NEW JERSEY THE FINES START AT $500 AND GO AS HIGH AS $1500 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE.

NEW YORK – No law as of yet but, it’s in the works and law enforcement officials may still pull you over.

CONNECTICUT - $75.00 Fine and more than likely, Police officials will pull you over.

REMEMBER, LAW OR NO LAW, YOU ARE STILL LIABLE FOR FALLING SNOW FROM YOUR VEHICLE THAT COULD HIT AND DAMAGE ANOTHER AUTOMOBILE.


FEDERAL MEDICAL CERTIFICATIONS
CDL DRIVERS MAKE SURE YOUR DRIVER ABSTRACTS HAVE THE MEDICAL CERTIFICATION NOTED ON THEM. 
DO YOU NEED A MEDICAL CARD? FIND OUT BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.


FRP IS NOW IN EFFECT!

THE FULL RECIPROCITY PLAN (FRP) FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION PLAN (IRP) REGISTRANTS WENT INTO FULL EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2015. QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS CHANGE COULD BE DIRECTED TO LISA BENEDETTO AT HUB 631-391-1034 OR THE NYS IRB DEPARTMENT AT 518-473-5834 

 


HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR MCS-150 RECENTLY?

FMCSA IS ENCOURAGING ALL CARRIERS TO UPDATE THEIR REGISTRATIONS IF PAST THE EXPIRATION DATE OR ELSE!
 
 THE FMCSA IS REMINDING CARRIERS TO UPDATE THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION WITH THE AGENCY. THEY NOTE THAT ALL COMPANIES UNDER FMCSA JURISDICTION ARE REQUIRED TO UPDATE THIS INFORMATION EVERY 2 YEARS AS PART OF THE NEW UNIFIED CARRIER REGISTRATION SYSTEM. EVEN IF NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITHIN THE COMPANY THE BI-ANNUAL UPDATE MUST BE DONE.
 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.

 

 

 BEWARE OF

FRAUDULENT DOT LETTERS

HERE THEY COME AGAIN, VERY REAL LOOKING LETTERS FROM THE USDOT IN WASHINGTON DC ASKING RECIPIENTS FOR BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION ON AN "AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE FINANCIAL INFORMATION" FORM. THIS LETTER IS SIGNED BY A "SENIOR PROCUREMENT OFFICER AT THE USDOT AND LOOKS LEGIT, IT ISN'T. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION VISIT HTTP://WWW.OIG.DOT.GOV/FRAUD-ALERT.


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