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IRS Answers Questions about Fuel Tax Credit Extensions

The federal tax legislation enacted at the start of 2013 extended certain expired tax credits for alternative fuels retroactively to the beginning of 2012. Those provisions are now set to expire at the end of 2013. The credits are the 50 cent per gallon fuel tax credit for alternative fuels, two credits for biodiesel, and the 30 percent alternative fueling income tax credit.

Mechanics Liens Represent a Means for Transportation Companies to Collect

Most providers of specialized transportation and logistics services move loads (e.g. pipes, electric generators, steel, lumber, commercial HVAC systems, wind turbine parts, etc.) used and incorporated into projects involving the construction or renovation of buildings or other improvements attached to real estate.  When delivery is complete and payment is past due or in dispute, these companies naturally want to deal from a position of strength to collect what is owed them.   

Progress Continues on Wind Energy Planning

Recent issues of Wind Energy SmartBrief included the following items of interest to SC&RA members involved with the hauling, erection and maintenance of wind farms:

CEO Says Top Managers Win by Relinquishing Some Control

In a February 6 CNNMoney blog, Paul Greenberg wrote that CEOs too often succumb to the temptation to jump in and solve all of their team’s problems. Early in his management career, he realized that taking on too many of the issues his team members should be solving on their own made it impossible for him to scale his attention as the company grew. Moreover, he also frustrated many of the people on the teams.

He urged fellow CEOs to follow his lead and spend their time doing five things that nobody else can do:

Hazard Communication Workers Must Be Trained by December 1

The Hazard Communication Standard used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now aligned with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. This update to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) provides a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

FMCSA Waives Hearing Requirements for 40 Drivers

On February 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that, after decades of prohibition, deaf drivers can operate commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks. FMCSA waived hearing requirements for 40 of 45 applications filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to seek exemption from the hearing standard that had barred deaf drivers from obtaining commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs). The waivers are valid for two years, and the 40 recipients can apply for an extension.

Guide to Good Business Relations Helps Those in Trucking

On February 6, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and The National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) announced the release of revised version of their joint Voluntary Guide to Good Business Relations. The publication emphasizes reasonable and common sense treatment of the four primary parties involved in truck transportation, and outlines mutually desirable business practices that TCA and NITL believe responsible shippers, receivers, carriers, and drivers should adopt.

Enforcement Personnel Receive UCR Guidance for Roadside Inspections

On January 1, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) issued an inspection bulletin meant to clarify enforcement’s verification of compliance with the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) during roadside inspections. For roadside enforcement of a previous UCR registration year, enforcement personnel were advised to first obtain evidence of interstate/international operations occurring during that particular registration year.

ATA Renews Calls for FMCSA to Implement Crash Accountability

On February 7, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame. SC&RA also is well aware of this issue and shares ATA’s concerns.

Arizona Trucking Association Selects Tony Bradley as President

Following a three-month search, the Arizona Trucking Association (AzTA) has selected Tony Bradley as its new President. He succeeds Karen Rasmussen, who left in November after more than a decade as AzTA head. He previously was President of Roundtable Strategies, his consulting and lobbying firm in Phoenix.