FMCSA Releases Prohibition of Coercion Final Rule

FMCSA Releases Prohibition of Coercion Final Rule

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Follow this link for PDF format: Prohibition of Coercion Final Rule

 

Martha Puig Named VP of ARPCO Transport Services – August 2014

An Announcement from the President of ARPCO Transport Services:

 

Martha Puig came to work for ARPCO immediately after graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. For the past 4 years Martha has managed the administrative portion of our business as my executive assistant – this area encompasses the carrier vetting dept, the accounts receivable and payables, vendors, credit, HR, IT, payroll, and staffing. Her leadership style, which is based on a lead by example approach, has encouraged those around her to adopt a “Yes, we can” attitude. Martha has a willingness to get involved with team projects, as well as her personal projects, to get the job done. We are experiencing growth in every area of our business due, in part, to Martha’s work ethic. She brings a sense of positive urgency and energy to the work place that ensures that deadlines are met and employees and customers alike are kept satisfied. The next area of growth for Martha in the business will be direct involvement with the sales and operations floor. I believe that Martha will continue to be a great asset to our company as we begin our 26th year in business.

– Albert Puig, ARPCO President


Congratulations to Martha Puig, our new Vice-President!

 

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Why Should You Verify Your Carrier Has Insurance?

Besides the fact that having trucking insurance is law, verifying your carrier’s insurance certificate is an invaluable practice for guarding against chameleon carriers and identity theft.

The Law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, known at the FMCSA, has set the standard for minimum insurance coverage for motor carriers, freight brokers and freight forwarders. See Example below taken from the FMCSA website:

FORM

DESCRIPTION

AUTHORITIES SUBJECT TO FILING

BMC-91 or BMC-91X Public liability insurance (bodily injury/property damage/environmental restoration)
  • Motor Contract Carrier and Common Carrier
  • Freight Forwarder (Note: Non-vehicle operating freight forwarders may seek waiver of this requirement.)
  • Freight:–$750,000 – $5,000,000, depending on commodities transported; $300,000 for non-hazardous freight moved only in vehicles weighing under 10,001 lbs.
  • Passengers:–$5,000,000; $1,500,000 for registrants operating only vehicles with seating capacity of 15 or fewer passengers.
BMC-34
  • Cargo insurance–$5,000 per vehicle
  • $10,000 per occurrence
  • Motor Common Carrier
  • Freight Forwarder
BMC-84 or BMC-85
  • Surety Bond–as of October 1, 2013, the amount is $75,000
  • Trust Fund Agreement–as of October 1, 2013, the amount is $75,000
Broker of Freight
BOC-3 Legal Process Agents All Authorities

So, naturally if you are a law abiding individual or corporation in the trucking industry, you have firstly insured yourself with the required insurance and secondly done your due diligence when employing a third-party to be sure they are also law abiding.

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The Freight Broker Bond – Why ARPCO Increased Our Bond Early

Beginning October 1st, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), Section 32915, required “anyone acting as a broker or a freight forwarder and subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) jurisdiction, including motor carriers, to register and obtain broker or freight forwarder authority from FMCSA.” So, whether you are a full-time freight broker, freight forwarder, or just a small trucking company that occasionally brokers out a load or two (with the exception of dealing with an interlining service)  the FMCSA now mandates that you have designated broker authority. To receive this authority, brokers and forwarders are required to file a surety bond or trust fund agreement with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to receive a freight broker’s license.

So, with greater regulation comes greater responsibility — financial responsibility that it. The bond amount also increased from $10,000.00 to $75.000.00.

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Being Green is the “SmartWay!”

Did you know there is a government agency specially designed to promote fuel-efficiency and promote green initiatives in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint in the trucking industry? There is! It is called SmartWay and is defined by the EPA website as “a public/private collaboration between the USEPA and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money.” The goal is to reduce inefficiencies, reduce carbon emissions through green initiatives, and provide information to the transportation industry and the public.

ARPCO Transport Services is proud to announce that we have been approved, yet again, as a 2013 member in good standing of SmartWay! This makes three consecutive years of SmartWay Partnership for ARPCO!

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Twenty-Five Years and a Purple Suitcase

If you drive down highway 114 in Grapevine, Texas, between Main Street and Texan Trail, you will see the big blue ARPCO letters and large bay windows from our office suite located in the warehouse district by DFW airport. But it didn’t always used to be that way.

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There was a time when ARPCO was housed in Albert Puig’s home office with a row of gray filing cabinets, a rolodex, and a single 8 line telephone with blinking light-up buttons that has been ringing with the same telephone number that it has had for 25 years.

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A Trucker’s Journey – Q & A

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of submitting a questionnaire to a fellow “Twitterer” ARPCO has enjoyed connecting with on Twitter (@truckersjourney). The questionnaire asks about the daily life of a truck driver and for this blog I would like to share his fresh and straight-forward answers.  Thank you, Trucker’s Journey, for keeping America moving on your wheels! 

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