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Reminder to Send Letters of Support for TRALA ELD Petition

This is a reminder that the deadline to submit comments in support of TRALA's petition to FMCSA in regards to the ELD Mandate is April 21 - only 9 days from now.

FMCSA Sets Public Meeting on ELD Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a meeting to discuss the technical specifications for the Electronic Logging Device Rule (ELD).  The focus of this meeting will be to discuss how to help ELD manufacturers produce ELDs that will comply with the ELD rule.   This meeting represents an opportunity for TRALA members with an expertise on the technical side of ELDs to engage directly with the FMCSA.

TRALA-Supported Rental Truck Insurance Legislation Introduced In Wisconsin

On April 7, 2017 TRALA-requested legislation was introduced in the state Senate and Assembly to address an ongoing concern for TRALA members that rent consumer vehicles in the state. Senate Bill 156 was introduced by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-29) and it was referred to the Committee on Insurance, Housing, and Trade.  The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Senator Frank Lassee (R-01) Chairman of the Housing, Insurance, and Trade Committee, Representative John Spiros (R-86), Representative Robert Brooks (R-60), and Representative Bob Kulp (R-69). TRALA is currently waiting to be informed of when there will be a hearing on this bill. Additionally, Representative John Spiros has submitted a companion bill in the General Assembly bill, which has not yet been formally published, but TRALA was informed it will be Assembly Bill 207.
 

2017 TECHNOLOGY EXPO A HUGE SUCCESS WITH ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS ALIKE

Bonita Springs, Florida (April 6, 2017) -- The Truck Renting and Leasing Association saw a terrific showing of exhibitors at the Technology Expo during the 2017 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. 
 

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).

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.

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. 

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.

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."

TRALA & ATA Victorious in Oregon Owner-Operator Lease Model Case

Earlier 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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