Thursday, March 13, 2014

The $75,000 Bond is No Cure-All

The $75,000 Bond is No Cure-All
Henry E. Seaton, Esq.

MAP-21 requires any party which arranges for origin to destination shipments to hold either broker or freight forwarder authority and to post a $75,000 bond.  The new Act does not apply to exempt traffic, to shipments moving in intrastate commerce, or to joint line service in which a motor carrier either picks up or delivers the shipment in its own equipment.

The legislation was aimed at the transactional truckload market in which the majority of the intermediary abuse occurs.  Brokers and forwarders default on their payment obligations to carriers for two reasons:

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Important Notice: Free Webinar on URS

See below for a Free Learning Opportunity brought to our attention by Delta Nu Alpha.

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Please take note of this FREE learning opportunity.

URS Webinar: “Easy steps to complete a biennial update (and what happens if you don’t)”

Industry Webinar Briefing

The FMCSA National Training Center (NTC) is pleased to announce this Unified Registration System (URS) webinar, which was previously publicized in December.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Virginia Overweight Citations: Beware of Weight Limitations on Route 50 in Fairfax County, Virginia

Motor Carriers that are making deliveries to points in Fairfax County, Virginia should be aware that trucks and tractor trailers using Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.) West of 495 (Capital Beltway) are limited to 8 Tons maximum weight. This limitation starts at Prosperity Avenue and continues to the intersection of Route 50 and Route 29. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has been thoroughly enforcing this limitation over the last year with checkpoints and patrols. Being overweight in the restricted zone can result in a large fine levied against your company. Inform your drivers to check their routes and avoid this section of Route 50, even if making local deliveries.

If you have received an overweight citation on Route 50 in Fairfax County, or elsewhere in Virginia, our firm has extensive experience in defending such overweight and oversize citations


Contact Jeffrey Cox at 703-573-0700 with our firm today!

Monday, January 20, 2014

New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act

On January 10, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act (“Act”). The new law affects transportation companies in New York that utilize owner-operators operating commercial motor vehicles in excess of 10,000 pounds. Under the Act, businesses that currently treat these owner-operators as independent contractors must reclassify them as employees unless they meet one of two legal tests.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Regulation By Objective Standards v. Grading On The Curve


To my knowledge, every profession, trade or service subject to regulation by federal, state regulators or board of professional responsibility must meet minimum proficiency standards to be licensed and remains authorized to conduct trade or business until determined in violation of a prescribed standard of conduct.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MAP-21 Update - Free Webinar

An analysis of MAP-21 has been placed on our blog and a free webinar concerning its effect will take place on January 21.   
See https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/199351282.

Listening Sessions

The city in which I now live paved over the streetcar tracks over 100 years ago. Counting the surrounding counties, the metroplex area has now 1.7 million people, 6 interstates and an outer loop. Some say it's becoming congested - it can take as many as 20 minutes to get downtown from the county line.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Henry Seaton Update on MAP 21 (January 21, 2014 Webinar)

Free Webinar

 UPDATE on the impact of MAP 21 & $75k Bond Requirement - Presented by Henry E. Seaton Transportation Law Specialist



Tue, Jan 21, 2014 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST

Register today! https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/199351282