TRALA ELD Petition Placed into Federal Register - Comments Requested
Today, TRALA's petition asking for a five-year enforcement exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate for short-term rentals was published
in the Federal Register by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
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Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Property Tax Expansion
The Illinois State Supreme Court has ruled against the City of Chicago, finding that their tax authority cannot extend beyond the city limits. The case, The Hertz Corporation, et al. v. City of Chicago, focused on the city of Chicago's attempt to expand its Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax (PPLTT), to require leasing companies based in Chicago with rental locations outside of the city limits to pay the PPLTT on transactions with Chicago residents.
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Federal Judge puts the DOL's Overtime Rule on Hold
On Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant placed a nation-wide Preliminary Injunction on the Department of Labor's Overtime Rule, which was set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.
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Trailer Dollies Now Subject to Federal Excise Tax
In a memo published earlier this summer, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that they will reverse their long-held position that dollies are not subject to the federal excise tax (FET). Over 28 year ago, the IRS announced in a memo that the 12% FET would not apply to dollies but over the course of the past year in two separate memos, the IRS has reversed course and states that now most trailer dollies, also known as auxiliary axles or converter gear, should in fact be charged the FET.
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EPA and NHTSA jointly release "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles - Phase 2" Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its final emissions rule for the Obama Administration, titled "Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles - Phase 2."
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TRALA & ATA Victorious in Oregon Owner-Operator Lease Model CaseEarlier this week, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued a series of opinions in a handful of cases involving motor carriers in Oregon. In a case in which TRALA actively participated with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), CEVA v. Oregon Employment Department, the court ruled in TRALA and ATA's favor. The case ruling can be viewed here.
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TRALA-SUPPORTED REPAIR AND STORAGE LEGISLATION TAKES EFFECT IN ONTARIOOn July 1, 2016, TRALA-supported new rules under the Repair and Storage Liens Act (RSLA) went into effect. As part of a long-running effort to reduce insurance premiums, the Ontario government had reviewed several pieces of legislation that could help to lower vehicle insurance rates in the province. TRALA had lobbied the provincial government to remedy the outrageous towing and storage fees being charged in the Greater Toronto area as a key component in helping to reduce costs for motor carriers and their customers.
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Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime RuleOn May 18, 2016 the Department of Labor released its final Overtime Rule. This final rule increases the salary exemption threshold from its current level of $455 a week or an annualized amount of $23,600 to $913 a week or $47,476 annually. This represents a massive increase in the amount of employees who will now be eligible to collect overtime pay.
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New York Budget Includes Highway Use Tax Fix
Today, Assembly and Senate negotiators in the state of New York unveiled a budget agreement for 2016 and 2017. This agreement includes a fix for in-state and out-of-state heavy duty trucks seeking to operate in the state of New York. Since the state supreme court ruled that the registration and decal fees for the Highway Use Tax (HUT) were unconstitutional for out-of-state trucks, all out-of-state carriers have been unable to get HUT decals which are necessary to legally operate in New York.
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TRALA-Supported Sales Tax Exemption and Rental Tax Legislation Passed by Louisiana LegislatureTRALA and its allies were successful on two fronts during the past week in Louisiana as it wrapped up its special legislative session.
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