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Heather Ness

Heather Ness
Heather Ness is the editor of transport operations at J.J.Keller and Associates. Contact her at transporteditors@jjkeller.com.
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    Opinion: Answers about drug clearinghouse queries

    October 1, 2019 by Heather Ness

    Cross-border carriers with drivers who are subject to U.S. drug and alcohol testing requirements are also subject to the FMCSA’s new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program.

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    Opinion: Prepare for a new HVUT tax year

    July 2, 2019 by Heather Ness

    A new U.S. Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) tax year began on July 1, and there are several things carriers need to know about the tax to keep an operation in good standing.

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    Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fees drop

    January 3, 2019 by Heather Ness

    If you operate into the U.S., keeping your fleet legal can be quite the undertaking. You need a USDOT number and for-hire authority, if applicable, from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). There are uniquely U.S. motor carrier safety

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    It’s not going to be 4:20 everywhere

    October 2, 2018 by Heather Ness

    Weed, pot, Mary Jane, marijuana, cannabis, grass, herb, bud. Whatever you want to call it, it’s legal in Canada on Oct. 17.  And that’s sure to cause issues for motor carriers.

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    Some personal questions about personal conveyance

    June 29, 2018 by Heather Ness

    Recently, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued revised guidance on the use of a commercial vehicle as a personal conveyance. While it’s always great to have further clarification of the rules, especially surrounding hours of service, sometimes these clarifications can generate more questions than answers. Such as is the case with FMCSA’s guidance. There are two situations that haven’t yet been addressed, not because administration doesn’t care, but because they’re slightly outside of its purview.

    One situation involves cross-border carriers that may have drivers using personal conveyance on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, and another issue that surprisingly has very little to do with hours of service.

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