TAX EXTENDERS BILL PASSES

By a 76-16 vote, the U.S. Senate has just passed the tax extenders bill that the House of Representatives passed earlier this month. The President is expected to sign the bill into law. (The legislation is H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.) In...

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FMCSA ANNOUNCES RELIEF ON DVIR RULE

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the publication of a final rule to eliminate the need for commercial truck drivers to complete a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report when “no defect” is found during the end of day...

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Stolen Property

December 1, 2014 Show Me Trucking & Freight, Inc. trailer stolen sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning at LaMarti’s Truck Stop in Lamar,MO.  It is a 48’ flatbed trailer loaded with steel.  The trailer frame is black in color with aluminum...

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Full Reciprocity Begins with Next IRP Registration

Those whose apportioned plates expire December 31 will be the first to experience an exciting change to the International Registration Plan. When carriers renew for 2015, they'll receive a full cab card with authorization to move freely in the contiguous US and 10...

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MoDOT to Allow Overweight Loads of Grain

  JEFFERSON CITY - Recent heavy rains are hampering farmers' efforts to harvest a bumper grain crop. As muddy fields dry, Missourians must race to draw grain from the fields and get it to market. At the request of Richard Fordyce, director of the Missouri...

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National Truck Driving Championships

415+ of the best-of-the-best professional drivers competed at the 2014 National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships in Pittsburgh on August 12-16. Nine Missouri drivers competed in nine classes of competition that included a written...

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MoDOT Motor Carrier Services Moves to New Location

MoDOT Motor Carrier Services moved to a new home Monday, August 18.,joining other MoDOT divisions in a building converted to office use in the department's mid-city campus at 830 MoDOT Drive. Customers who choose to visit in person should know that starting the...

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FMCSA ISSUES PROPOSED RULE ON DRIVER COERCION

Recently, FMCSA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to prohibit motor carriers, shippers, receivers, or intermediaries (i.e., brokers) from coercing a driver to violate many but not all of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, CDL and drug and alcohol...

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SENATE HIGHWAY REAUTHORIZATION BILL RELEASED

Recently, the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee released its highway reauthorization proposal. Dubbed the “MAP-21 Reauthorization Act,” the bill authorizes $265 billion in funding over six years for Federal Highway Administration programs, effectively...

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American Trucking Trends 2014 Now Available

Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations released the latest edition of American Trucking Trends, the annual almanac of trucking and freight transportation, which confirms the industry’s role as the primary mover of freight in the United States.      -In...

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IRS Holds Litigation Costs Deductible

In a private letter ruling the federal Internal Revenue Service has held that costs of litigation, including settlement payments, arising out of the merger of two companies, were deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses by the acquiring company in the...

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Updated ATA State Laws and Regulations Charts Available

As a service to its members, ATA tracks certain state laws of particular interest to the trucking industry such as snow removal requirements and mud flap laws.  Updated tracking charts reflecting these various laws and regulations regarding state mud flap...

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Emergency Declaration Summary 14-02

Emergency Declaration Summary 14-02 Effective March 4, 2014 to March 10, 2014 In response to frigid temperatures and the continued demand for propane delivery, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal...

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Warning: Fradulent DOT Letter Circulating!

Once again there is a fraudulent DOT letter circulating, this time with the signatory being Louis James.  You can see a copy of the letter here.  It goes without saying that no one should respond to any request like this.

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Nor’easter Updates:

Tandem and Propane Ban Lifted on Mass Pike as of 10 a.m. New information in red. Travel issues persist following the nor'easter which hit Long Island, New York City, the Hudson Valley and the Capital District regions of New York state. NYSMTA encourages the trucking...

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Rumors Abound

Conditions are deteriorating in Northwestern Georgia and there have already been some lane closures and blockages due to icy conditions.  There have also been a growing number of rumors about what is and is not being done and what orders are being given regarding...

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New Projections Show Federal Highway Funding Crisis Deepening

New figures released by the Congressional Budget Office on Feb. 4 estimate that the federal Highway Trust Fund will run out of cash by Sept. 30. Without an infusion of money from increased taxes or General Fund transfers, more than $50 billion in Fiscal Year 2015...

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FMCSA Extends Exemptions; Includes Salt

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration and extension of state emergency declarations granted in accordance with Title 49 CFR sections 390.23 and 390.25, from Part 390 through 399 of the Federal Regulations, except as...

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Missourians are Advised to Stay Home During Tuesday’s Storm

 Another major winter storm is making its way into Missouri, bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds across much of the state on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Due to expected hazardous conditions, the Missouri Department of Transportation has issued a "no travel advisory" for the...

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DEADLINE FOR DRIVER CERTIFICATION!

CRITICAL DEADLINE FOR DRIVER CERTIFICATION IS TODAY! The January 30th deadline for driver self-certification is today!. You may have heard there was an extension granted by the FMCSA, however, please note the extension does not cover the driver self-certification. The...

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New and Improved MoDOT Express Coming Soon

Soon, working within MoDOT Carrier Express will be even easier. The new features include: -A new look - Tabs and links are replaced with drop down menus, making movements around the system quicker and easier -Keeping track of invoices and credits is a snap! All active...

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EMERGENCY DECLARATION 14-01 EXTENDED

Effective January 13, 2014 to January 19, 2014 In response to frigid temperatures and increased demand for propane delivery, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 CFR...

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Connecticut DMV – Emergency Exemption from HOS

NOTICE OF EMERGENCY EXEMPTIONFROM HOURS OF SERVICE OF DRIVERS Effective January 10, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. EST Through January 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST This emergency exemption relieves motor carrier from compliance with the Maximum Driving Time Regulations only while...

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Emergency Declaration 14-01

Effective January 7, 2014 to January 13, 2014 In response to frigid temperatures and increased demand for propane delivery, the Missouri Department of Public Safety has issued an emergency declaration to waive certain federal regulations under the authority of 49 CFR...

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Changes Coming to Driver Q File Management

Get ready to revamp your recordkeeping system a little bit. If you hire or use interstate drivers who have commercial driver’s licenses and who are required to be medically certified, rules will change January 30, 2014. For clarity’s sake, we’re talking here about...

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Marion Named MoDOT Motor Carrier Services Director

The Missouri Department of Transportation today named Scott Marion director of its Motor Carrier Services division. Marion proved his abilities as the assistant director of MCS since 2011. He joined MoDOT in 2008 after a successful career with Wal-Mart, ultimately...

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Training for DOT Collectors

December 17, 2013 Missouri Trucking Association, Jefferson City, MO 8:30 am - 12:30 pm $250.00 MoTA member fee $350.00 non-member fee Limited Space - Register today! Click for printable registration form. CLT_Dec_2013 Complete, then mail, fax or...

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Training for Screening Test Technicians

December 18, 2013 Missouri Trucking Association, Jefferson City, MO 8:30 am - 12:30 pm $250.00 MoTA member fee $350.00 non-member fee Limited Space - Register today! Click for printable registration form. STT_Training_Dec_2013 Complete, then mail, fax or...

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UCRA Registration Now Open

The season for motor carriers and other entities covered under the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement to register for 2014 and pay the associated UCR fees began October 1, 2013. That's the date recommended to the states by the UCR Board of Directors to begin...

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ATRI SEEKS MOTOR CARRIER INPUT ON HOS IMPACTS

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has announced the second of two data collection efforts to measure impacts from the recent changes to the Hours-of-Service rules, which went into effect July 1, 2013. In this latest survey, motor carriers are asked...

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MAP-21 BROKER/CARRIER PROVISIONS

MAP-21, signed into law on July 6, 2012 as Public Law No. 112-141, contained several provisions intended to better regulate freight brokers, freight forwarders and the companies that provide the financial security for authorized brokers (and now freight forwarders)....

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