May 1, 2013
2013 NMTA Officers Named
New Mexico Trucking Association is proud to announce the new officers for 2013.
Please join us in a grateful welcome to:
John Owens, Wilbanks Trucking Inc,
|1st VP:||Wayne Sonchar, B.T.U. Block & Concrete, Inc. Las Vegas, NM|
|2nd VP:||Stan Grant, Holly Transportation LLC,
|Sec/Treas:||Larry Knippel, DanLar Collision and Towing,
|ATA VP:||Bruce MacRae, UPS,
Laguna Hills, CA
|Chairman:||Raul Garcia, Mesilla Valley Transport,
Las Cruces, NM
NMTA Board Meeting Set for July 18th. in Albuquerque
The next Board meeting is scheduled for July 18th, in Albuquerque.
The Board of Directors is comprised of the elected chairperson of industry conferences as called for in NMTA current by-laws follows:
Ex-Officio Board (Past Sec/Treas):Doug Regnier, FedEx Freight, Albuquerque, NM
Allied Industry: Scott Klinkhammer, Rush Truck Center, Albuquerque, NM
Bus Operators: Vacant
Truckload Carrier: Danny Crawford, Wild West Express, Las Cruces, NM
Petroleum Carriers: Sam Bagby, Groendyke Transport, Albuquerque, NM
Heavy Haul & Housemovers: Henry Pacheco, Pacheco Trucking, Albuquerque, NM
Warehouse & Transfermen: Vacant
Oilfield Haulers – North: Butch Mathews, M&R Trucking, Farmington, NM
Oilfield Haulers – South: Robin Goodrich, Remuda Energy Trans, Artesia, NM
LTL: Todd Kellerstrass, Con-way Freight, Albuquerque, NM
Bulk Haulers: Vacant
Beverage Distributors: Scott Long, Premier Distributing, Albuquerque, NM
Dump Truck Operators: Vacant
Wrecker & Recovery: Anthony VanderVossen, Holmes Wrecker, Espanola, NM
Private Carriers: Vacant
Safety Management Council: Lori Harris, Hub International, Albuquerque, NM
If you have recommendations for any of the vacant conferences, please contact your -- NMTA Managing Director, Gail Peters at email@example.com or 505-884-5575.
The by-laws allow a vacancy to be filled by a majority vote of the conference members or a recommendation by the NMTA President to the Board. All NMTA members are welcome at Board meetings.
Former FMCSA Chief Tells Trucking to Expect More Regulations
LAS VEGAS — The freight hauling industry will be busy finding ways to comply with 27 new congressionally mandated regulations expected over the next two years, according to Annette Sandberg, former head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Speaking at the Transportation Intermediaries Association annual convention here Friday, Sandberg said the rulemaking onslaught will begin as soon as June, when FMCSA is expected to issue a proposed drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule.
That measure will allow carriers to view truck driver alcohol and drug test failures, as well as refusals to take the tests.
She said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to issue a proposed truck speed-limiters rule in June, and that FMCSA is scheduled to issue a proposed rule for supplemental electronic logging devices in September.
A final ELD rule is not expected until the summer of 2014, said Sandberg, who was FMCSA Administrator from November 2002 to April 2006. She is now CEO of TranSafe Consulting LLC and is a Spokane, Wash.-based attorney.
A new hours-of-service rule also is set to become effective on July 1, unless an appeals court rejects the rule in response to a federal lawsuit filed by American Trucking Associations and several other groups attempting to block some provisions of the rule.
Also this summer, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is due to issue a “fall-protection” rule that could require dock-leveling systems to prevent workers from falling when loading and unloading trucks, Sandberg said. Courtesy Transport Topics.
Pilot Flying J Accused of Withholding Motor Carrier Rebates
Pilot Flying J has been defrauding customers out of tens of millions of dollars in rebates over nearly a decade-long period, according to a federal document released Thursday, April 18. The affidavit — used by the court to grant search warrants to the FBI and IRS — was released late Thursday and also accuses Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam of knowing about the alleged scheme and sitting in meetings in which it was discussed by Pilot salespersons. The document alleges that Pilot Flying J salespeople would essentially take advantage of carriers who were “too unsophisticated to catch” the errors. Some carriers were not receiving nearly $100,000 a month in owed rebates, the affidavit says, and salespeople were withholding them in order to earn bigger commissions and boost company profits, according to the document.
Haslam is majority owner of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, and his brother, Bill, is the governor of Tennessee. Pilot Flying J’s headquarters in Knoxville were raided Monday and placed on lockdown by FBI and IRS agents while they retrieved paper and electronic documents. Haslam issued a statement Thursday evening in which he says he “maintain(s) that the foundation of this company is built on its integrity and that any willful wrongdoing by any employee of this company at any time is intolerable.” Haslam also made a statement to the media Friday, April 19, in which he said that the FBI and IRS investigation is focused on “a very narrow band of a very large company.” Courtesy of CCJ Online
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NM Officers Crackdown on Commercial Traffic
SANTA FE, N.M.—Officers with the state Motor Transportation Police say a three-day crackdown on commercial traffic has spurred dozens of citations.
The operation at the San Jon port of entry in eastern New Mexico earlier this week resulted in a total of 86 citations, and 14 drivers and 47 commercial vehicles were removed from the roads due to serious safety violations.
Officers also arrested one person on an outstanding bench warrant.
In all, Motor Transportation Police conducted 263 safety inspections between Monday and Wednesday.
The agency says it will continue conducting these kinds of special operations around the state to ensure commercial drivers and their vehicles are operating safely. Courtesty of Associated Press.
Virginia Governor Signs Bill on Fuel Tax and Ends I-95 Toll Plan
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has signed a transportation bill that ends the 17.5-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel and gasoline, imposes taxes on wholesale fuel sales and prohibits tolls on Interstate 95 without legislative approval.
McDonnell’s press secretary Jeff Caldwell said that, with passage of the transportation funding measure, the governor would withdraw the application the state has before the Federal Highway Administration for permission to toll I-95.
The bill McDonnell signed would take effect July 1 and institute a wholesale tax on fuel distributers of 6% for diesel and 3.5% for gasoline. The measure also boosts the state’s sales tax to 5.3% from 5% and increases the vehicle sales tax to 4% from 3% to help pay for transportation improvements. Courtesy of Transport Topics.
CDL Holders No Longer Have to Report Out-of-State Traffic Violations
Beginning May 29, 2013, CDL drivers will no longer be required to notify their state of licensure of out-of-state convictions, according to a final rule published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Currently both the State where the violation occurred and the convicted driver are required to report the violation to the CDL holder’s State of licensure. Under the new rule, the responsibility for transmission of out-of-state convictions will rest solely with the State the violation occurred in, provided that State has a certified CDL program in “substantial compliance” with FMCSA’s rules.
Currently, all 50 States operate compliant CDL programs. In the unlikely event that a State CDL program’s compliance status changes, a notice will be posted in the Federal Register indicating drivers will again be responsible for notifying their respective home states for convictions that occur in the non-compliant State.The rule was in response comments sent to FMCSA from ATA and others identifying this redundancy as eligible for removal pursuant to Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulations and Regulatory Review,” issued January 18, 2011.
Paid Too Much to Colorado?
As a part of vehicle registration, Colorado charges an in-lieu fee, the specific ownership tax. This tax is collected on trucks full-plated in CO and on those apportioned to CO under the International Registration Plan. For trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds, the SOT is imposed in the first year of operation at 2.1 percent of the actual purchase price of the vehicle. In the years following, the rate of the tax drops to account for depreciation, but the tax base, the actual purchase price, remains the same for the life of the truck.
The Colorado Motor Carriers Association has learned that, for purposes of IRP registration, both Colorado and other states may have been using the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (or an estimate of that price developed by Colorado) rather than the actual purchase price. Since an MSRP is typically higher than actual price, this would have led to inflated registration fees. CMCA is encouraging carriers to examine their registration records to see if they have been overcharged CO IRP fees for this reason.
We thank the Colorado Motor Carriers Association for bringing about this correction in the state’s procedure. For more, contact Greg Fulton at CMCA at 303-433-3375 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CVSA's Roadcheck 2013 Set for
Mark your June calendars. The CVSA Roadcheck 2013 is right around the corner. The annual inspection event – the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 72-hour safety blitz – is scheduled for June 4-6. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
WELCOME New Members to NMTA
Continental Tire the Americas in Albuquerque
Wrecker & Recovery:
Holmes Wrecker Service in Anthony
WELCOME!! And Thank You for Your Support.
Hours of Service Primer - Resource for Drivers
Hours-of-service compliance is centered on two areas, limits and logs. Both drivers and carriers are held responsible for compliance with these regulations. If you're an owner-operator, that means you're both driver and the carrier. The new HOS rules are scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2013. Attached is a training tips pdf from American Trucking Associations with links to important information. The link to the FMCSA summary is a concise one page overview that would be easy to distribute.
Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor as DOT Leader
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been pegged as outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood’s replacement as the head of the Department of Transportation, according to multiple reports today, which say that President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Foxx sometime Monday for the Secretary of Transportation position.
LaHood announced in January he would not be staying as the Secretary of Transportation. He was the only Republican in Obama’s Cabinet in the president’s first term.
To officially become Secretary of Transportation, the Senate must confirm Foxx after Obama’s official nomination.