PIB tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

| June 13, 2014

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider, who can then provide you with a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates.

Regulatory update: Speed limiters, insurance increase, carrier scoring rules still set for 2014

| June 13, 2014

A DOT report issued June 13 indicates rules mandating the use of speed limiters in trucks, raising the minimum liability insurance for carriers and implementing a more complete and direct federal safety scoring system could still come in 2014.

New Century abruptly closes and files for bankruptcy, driver sues for lack of notice

| June 13, 2014

The 1,000-truck New Century Transportation has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 7. It has also been hit this week with a class-action lawsuit from a driver, who alleges the company violated federal law by not giving drivers a written notice 60 days prior to their dismissal.

California considering replacing fuel tax with mileage tax

| June 12, 2014

California could become the third West Coast state to test the feasibility of replacing state fuel excise tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled fee.

Has FMCSA’s Ferro lost it? Or is her credibility just shot?

| June 12, 2014

Given recent actions by Congress to undermine FMCSA rulemaking and an emotional plea made to Congress in a recent DOT Fast Lane blog post by agency head Anne Ferro, what's going to come of Ferro and her time at FMCSA?

Diesel hits lowest point since January, falls sixth week in a row

| June 10, 2014

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped again in the week ended June 9, falling 2.6 cents to $3.892, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

Senate DOT appropriations bill would set e-log, CSA safety fitness determination deadlines

James Jaillet & Kevin Jones | June 09, 2014

In addition to offering restart-changes relief pending further study, the bill requires an ELD final rule by January 2015 and SFD proposal by December of this year, in addition to an OIG audit of the compliance review program.

CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

| June 06, 2014

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

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