Earlier this week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an alert concerning motor carriers and their motor carrier Personal Identification Number (PIN).
The PIN is your personal identifier and should not be shared with anyone you have not authorized to make changes to your motor carrier status. A motor carrier’s PIN allows access to a carrier’s USDOT data and to make changes or updates to the company’s information, including identification updates, name and address changes, transfers, and voluntary revocations.
FMCSA strongly advises carriers to only share their PIN with individuals authorized to make changes to their FMCSA records. FMCSA recommends that carriers conduct regular checks of their company information that is contained in the FMCSA system. If you suspect your PIN has been compromised, it is strongly recommended that you change your PIN immediately. If you are experiencing difficulty changing your PIN contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Information Line at 1-800-832-5660.
From Transport Topics-
American Trucking Associations and a coalition of public interest advocates are expected to tell a federal court on Friday to strike down portions of the latest changes to federal hours-of-service rules.
In briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, ATA has argued that in putting restrictions on the optional 34-hour restart that drivers could use to reset their weekly driving limits, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration overstated the role of fatigue in truck-related crashes, thus improperly tipping the scales in favor of the restrictions.
The changes, set to take effect July 1, also require drivers to take a 30-minute break before driving more than eight hours.
Public Citizen and its allies, meanwhile, have urged the court to force FMCSA to further restrict drivers’ hours, saying the agency did not fulfill its duty to improve highway safety when it chose not to do that.
Recently, the FMCSA presented new guidelines reflective of the upcoming changes to the hours of service requirements. As most of you know, the ATA filed suit against the FMCSA over the changes. Oral arguments are scheduled to begin in March, the new rules are scheduled to be implemented in July (2013) . Click on the link to view the HOS guide.
On January 7th, the California Supreme Court accepted the California Trucking Association's Amicus Brief filed in the case of the People vs. Pac Anchor Transportation case.
This case presented CTA with an opportunity to “tell the trucking side of the story” at the state’s highest court, the State Supreme Court. The request by CTA members to file an amicus was triggered after the state included its Unfair Competition Laws (UCL) as a way to regulate motor carriers who utilize owner operators. Instead of using the UCL, the Attorney General could have used a number of resources under current California law contained in the Labor Code to pursue the wage and hour claims at the heart of the case.
Several CTA member subject matter experts provided valuable input and resources for this project. CTA staff drafted those sections that present standard industry practice and the economic reasons for the use of independent contractors. Attorney Linda Allderdice, a CTA member, recently provided an overview of the Amicus Filing during the joint CTA Intermodal Conference meeting held during the 2013 Annual Management Conference.
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