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USDOT – Safety Compliance

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It’s amazing how many start-ups in the bus and limo industry have no idea of what is required for safety compliance. How many times have I heard someone say, I’m a rookie, no one told me? When the rookies come to see me, they have already been assessed monstrous penalties by USDOT and put out of service. So, if you are new to interstate passenger transportation, look for help and consult with your friends in the business who have been operating for years to see what you should be doing before it’s too late.

There are also a number of DOT Compliance companies out there who can set up your files, provide you with a checklist of what you need, i.e. Drivers’ applications, employment inquiries, CDL’s, Drivers’ Abstracts, Logs, etc. Or you can get a complete kit from J.J. Keller which tells you what is needed in the file.

However, when you’re late in the game to compliance, and find yourself behind the 8 ball and in imminent danger of a shut down, we can help.

Jerry A. Casser, Esq. – Transportation Law Attorney (Fairfield, NJ)


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BusCon switches from Chicago to Indiana in 2014

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BusCon Expo, the most extensive gathering of private and public-sector decision makers in the bus industry for more than 17 years, will switch locations in 2014 to the Indiana Convention Center, Halls F & G, in Indianapolis, Sept. 15 to 17, 2014. In 2013, the Expo will return to Chicago’s Navy Pier Sept. 10 to 11. [Reprinted from Metro Magazine]

Jerry A. Casser, Esq. (Fairfield NJ Transportation attorney) www.jcasser.com


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NYS DOT Contract Carrier Authority

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When does a bus operator require NYS DOT Contract Carrier Authority and when is it exempt? This issue has come up a lot lately, as we assist operators after they have received NOV’s from NYS DOT.

Here’s the scoop. If your contract is with a company to transport its employees from the company’s offices to another local destination, you do not need Contact Carrier Authority. It is an exempt service. If your contract is with an apartment building to transport its residents to another local destination, then you are required to obtain an NYS DOT Permit for Contract Carrier Service.

It is difficult to confuse the two types of operations, and it is well worth your while to get the necessary Permit to avoid NOV’s for illegal operations and possibly Summonses for your drivers. Potential fines and penalties, plus legal fees, make this a no brainer.

Jerry A. Casser, Esq. (Fairfield NJ Transportation attorney) www.jcasser.com

 

 


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US DOT Shuts Down Aisian Bus Operators

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Last May, the US DOT took the very serious step of shutting down 26 Aisian motor carriers who were considered to be “unsafe operators”, this following a series of well-publicized bus accidents in the Northeast. The companies were placed in 3 Groups and offered an ultimatum that the members of each Group consolidate into one company and present a Corrective Action Plan to explain how they would become compliant.

Unfortunately, or fortunately, however you wish to view the situation, the US DOT is not anxious to allow these companies to begin operating again because the entire matter has become a political hot potato. So, no matter what has been submitted, it has been rejected, and all the while, a good many of these companies have been forced to leave the industry because of it.

The US DOT, in trying to be careful, is operating at a sloth’s pace, and it remains to be seen whether any of the companies ever see the road again. Stay tuned for updates.

Jerry A. Casser, Esq. (Fairfield NJ Transportation attorney) www.jcasser.com


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