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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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NJ/NY Transportation Law Attorney

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Do you need an attorney for your bus company, or your limousine company, to file Applications for Authority with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) , the MS-150 with the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), Petitions and Applications with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), assist with Leases for the Port Authority, apply for Bus Stops in New York City with the New York City DOT (NYC DOT), and generally to consult with you on almost any legal problem affecting your business?  Look no further.  Our Law Firm is able to assist you and our lawyers are licensed in both NJ and NY.  Contact me at the website address below.

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


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Schumer Needs a Transportation Law Attorney

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With all of the hubbub concerning the bus accident last week with the bus returning from the Connecticut casino to New York City, and much of it deserved, there are some glaring factual errors in Sen. Schumer’s presentation on all of the news outlets.

First, Schumer frequently misuses transportation terms because he does not know this area of the law and has no one to assist him, whether it is writing a speech, or crafting legislation to remedy the situation.

A tour bus describes a bus which operates charters and special operations, not on a regular basis and not between fixed termini.  The “Chinatown buses”, as they are called, provide regular route service on a fixed schedule between NYC and Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and Boston, for the most part.  They are regular route operators.  The same may be said for the transportation service provided to the casino hotels, if it is regular enough in its operations.

Each bus, regardless of the nature of its operations, is issued interstate operating authority by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)/US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and is inspected twice annually by the State Department of Transportation in the State in which the company is located.  Commercial Drivers’ Licenses are issued by the State Motor Vehicle Commission in the State in which the driver lives.  That State MVC sets the requirements for same.

It is fine to target certain types of buses, but if the truth be known, the City buses and the non-Asian buses would be found to have the same equipment defects which arise, not necessarily from faulty maintenance, but from excessive use.  In NJ, the State MVC/DOT targets the Hispanic minibuses, and ignores the State-owned NJ Transit.

In the past I have offered Transportation Law assistance to legislators, including, Sen. Menendez, who have chosen to do without my assistance.

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


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Transportation Law Attorney in NJ

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I am a lawyer in Northern NJ who represents bus and limousine companies with regard to any and all transportation law  issues that they may have.  This is not a common specialty in the legal field and is rarely found in law firms.  Most attorneys/lawyers that you will find listed by doing an internet search using the term “Transportation” or “Transportation Law” handle personal injury cases arising from motor vehicle accidents or represent trucking companies or shippers who have to sue trucking companies for damaged or lost goods.

Our law firm’s practice is primarily transportation law which includes regulatory work before State and Federal Agencies, Municipal and Criminal Court appearances in NY and NJ for traffic violations for bus and limousine drivers, litigation in State Courts to recover for property damage for buses and limo’s (called subrogation law), appearances before the Atlantic City Casino Control Commission for bus companies that are “vendors” to the casino industry, giving of testimony before governing bodies on behalf of groups of bus companies or State Bus Associations, and handling of tax related issues for bus companies before the NY and NJ Tax Agencies.

We have Bar Admissions in 3 states (NY, NJ and MD) and can handle Federal matters for transportation companies in other States applying to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and US DOT for new or expanded operating authority, reactivating inactive authority, name and ownership changes and any other related issue.  A transportation lawyer can handle issues that a faceless person on the internet cannot, so when you need a transportation lawyer, please call us.

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


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