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NYS DOT Contract Carrier Authority


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




NYS DOT Bus Filings


If you are a NJ bus operator and conduct business in New York State, then you would be well advised to get a New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) Permit allowing you to operate in NY.  While the Permit is required to operate NY intrastate bus service, and you may not have a present intent to originate service in NY State, be rest assured that at some point in time you will be given the opportunity to operate a NY Charter trip, or you might want to take a tour group around NYC, or do a pick up at a NY area airport.

Better to be safe than sorry and possibly incur a $5000 fine.  Get the NYS DOT Permit which we can easily handle for you.

Updated 10/8/09:

Just so that there is no misunderstanding, and I get this every day, there are different types of operating authorities issued by the NYS DOT.  One authority is for charter operations, those occasional trips where someone or some group hires your bus for the day, regular route, where you operate daily service over a fixed route or time schedule, and contract carrier, where you provide service to a company, or a specific group, to transport their employees or members between locations according to a Contract for a specific period of time, with a daily, weekly or monthly payment for your transportation services.  Each form of service has a separate application and fee associated with it.

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