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Update on FMCSA Vetting

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On a recent post I noted that the FMCSA had apparently streamlined the vetting process for new entrants in the bus industry, so that the actual waiting time for the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity was down to 2 months from 6 months (compared to the 23 days prior to August 2008).

Well, a gentleman came into my office today.  He had filed his own Application in late January.  He filed online, as I do, and he had some difficulty answering the Non-Affiliated Questions.  This happens to be a problem with the online program/form.  Anyway, he received a call and was asked to complete a paper copy of the Question and fax it in.  He answered “No” for Affiliations with other FMCSA carriers.

This gentleman then received a call from an FMCSA representative who asked him if he had anything to do with another carrier.  He answered that he drove a bus for another company.  He then was asked to write this on a paper copy of the Question, which he did and faxed it in.

Net result.  It’s August.  His Application has been pending since January.  No end in sight.  He was an employee, not an owner, which is what the Question on the Application is trying to find out.  He was told that the Application was on so and so’s desk and would eventually be acted upon.  Poor guy.  I’ll try to help him out.

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

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