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All About IRP & IFTA

The International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) are cooperative programs to collect and distribute registration and fuel tax revenue between member states and Canadian provinces.

You are required to register for these programs if:

  • You are involved in INTERSTATE commerce AND
  • Your vehicle is 26,001 lbs. or greater, or
  • Your vehicles are in combination of 26,001 lbs. or greater, or
  • You operate 3 or more axles regardless of weight

You are required to chose a base state.  This base state will issue your IRP and IFTA credentials and collect all fees.  The base state will distribute your fees to the other states on your behalf.  If selected, your base state will also complete your audit.

IRP Specifics

Once registered for IRP, full reciprocity allows your license plate and cab card to be valid in all jurisdictions.  The mileage reporting period for IRP is July 1 – June 30.  All fees for this reporting year are split between jurisdictions based on your percentage of travel in each jurisdiction.  You are required to maintain trip reports in order to accurately report this information.

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All records must be retained for 3 years plus the current year.

IFTA Specifics

Once registered for IFTA, full reciprocity allows your license and decals to be valid in all jurisdictions.  You must file IFTA taxes returns quarterly and they are due on the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.  Any amount owed (or refunded) will come from your base state.  You are required to maintain trip reports and fuel receipts in order to accurately report this information.  All records must be retained for 4 years plus the current year.  In the event of an audit, you must inventory and produce any unused decals for the previous 4 years.

In lieu of record keeping and IRP/IFTA registration you may purchase temporary trip and fuel permits any time you leave your base state.  These can be purchased directly from some states or by a 3rd party service.  These permits are only good for a certain number of trips/days – this varies by jurisdiction.

Your ELD data may be used to calculate your state mileage.

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Audits

IRP and IFTA agencies are mandated to audit 3% of all registrants annually.  There are certain flags that can trigger an IRP and IFTA audit.

  • Delinquent Returns
  • Amended Returns
  • Fluctuation in miles, fuel, and/or miles per gallon
  • High Refunds
  • Extremely low or extremely high mpg (The average is between 5-10 mpg)

 

For more information on IRP, IFTA, or ELDs contact us.  We provide training and/or will process the data, file your returns, and retain your documentation.  We can also assist in the event of an audit.

 

Compliance, ELD, Transportation

Annual Inspection Spree – Focus on Hours Violations – June 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Roadcheck, a three-day ramp up of truck and bus enforcement across North America, is scheduled for June 5-7. The year’s focus will be on hours-of-service compliance, says CVSA, due in part to the implementation of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate. Continue reading “Annual Inspection Spree – Focus on Hours Violations – June 2018”

Compliance, ELD, Transportation

Full Enforcement of ELD Rule & Ag Haulers Extension

Beginning April 1, 2018  full enforcement of the ELD rule begins.  Carriers that do not have an ELD when required will be placed out of service.  The driver will remain out-of-service for 10 hours in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance criteria.  At that point, to facilitate compliance, the driver will be allowed to travel to the next scheduled stop and should not be dispatched again without an ELD.  If the driver is dispatched again without an ELD, the motor carrier will be subject to further enforcement action.

Since December 2017, roadside compliance with the Hours of Service record-keeping requirements, including the ELD rule, has been steadily increasing, with roadside compliance reaching a high of 96% in the most recent available data.  There are over 330 separate self-certified devices listed on the registration list.

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In other news the FMCSA is announcing an additional 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD rule for agriculture related transportation.  Additionally, during this time period, FMCSA will publish final guidance on both the agricultural 150 air-mile hours of service exemption and personal conveyance.  FMCSA will continue its outreach to provide assistance to the agricultural industry and community regarding the ELD rule.

FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez said, “We continue to see strong compliance rates across the country that improve weekly, but we are mindful of the unique work our agriculture community does and will use the following 90 days to ensure we publish more helpful guidance that all operators will benefit from.”

This second 90-day waiver will be placed in effect before March 18th – which is the expiration date of the first waiver granted on December 17, 2017.

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Drug & Alcohol Testing

Random Drug Testing – What is a Consortium?

Consortium/Third-Party Administrators (C/TPAs) manage all, or part, of an employer’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program, sometimes including maintaining required testing records. They perform tasks as agreed to by the employer to assist in implementing the drug and alcohol testing program and to help keep the employer compliant with the DOT/FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing rules and regulations. Continue reading “Random Drug Testing – What is a Consortium?”

Transportation

Business 40 construction set to begin next month, congestion expected

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Delays will soon be coming to Business 40. At the end of October 2017, you will see large equipment arriving, pavement being ripped up and lane closures as the first leg of the Business 40 improvement project gets underway.

“The long-term idea of having improvements of Business 40 is wonderful, but the interim plan about what to do in the meantime is the million dollar question,” said Tara Bohley, who lived in the Ardmore area of Winston-Salem for 15 years.

The Business 40 Improvement Project will affect interchanges, bridges and the highway itself. The first segment of the project, which will get underway in coming weeks, will rebuild the Peters Creek Parkway interchange, including a new seven-lane bridge, new interchange loops and an improved roadway from First Street up to Fourth Street. During construction, Peters Creek Parkway will remain open, with workers constructing the west side first, while maintaining traffic on the east and vice-versa. The Fourth Street Bridge will also be replaced and closed to traffic.

The Department of Transportation says 23,000 people use the stretch of Peters Creek Parkway south of Business 40 every day.

“Of course, if you live in the area, I think it’s gonna be a cluster,” said William Richardson, who frequents the area for work. “It’s gonna be a little chaotic.”

The major delays will take place about a year from now, in fall of 2018, when the second segment gets underway. At this point, portions of Business 40 will officially be shut down. This segment, which is labeled Segment C, will encompass Business 40 from east of Church Street to Cherry Street.

“Business 40 needs to be redone,” Bohley said. “It’s very dangerous.”

Work on the third segment, Segment B, will begin in fall of 2019, and include the stretch from Marshall Street to before the Peters Creek interchange. Both Segments B and C are expected to take a year to complete, with an overall completion date for the project set for summer of 2020.

“All of the people from the Clemmons, Lewisville area that are going toward Kernersville, that are going through Winston-Salem, but yet take regular Business 40 instead of the old 40, all of that traffic is just going to be coming through here,” Bohley said. “It really needs to be planned well in order for the traffic flow to not just make the city really just come to a standstill.”

The DOT says approximately 76,000 people use Business 40 daily.

During the closures, detours will be directed toward roads such as Silas Creek Parkway, Stratford Road and Country Club Road. Additional delays on these roads, and others, are also expected.

“It’s going to take twice as long to get anywhere,” Bohley said.

DOT officials say they are still working to determine approximate delays motorists will encounter.

The DOT adds that they are working to prepare an incident management plan to quickly and efficiently clear accidents.

“Hopefully it’ll pay off in the long run with the work that they’re doing,” Richardson added.

Additional updates on the project will be posted to business40nc.com.

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ELD

Last Attempt to Halt ELD Mandate Withdrawn

Rep. Brian Babin’s amendment to the funding bill that would halt the implementation of the ELD mandate has been withdrawn.

This leaves the path to implementation completely clear.  With just over 100 days left, now is the time to begin your path to compliance.  Don’t wait any longer, it could lead to a last second scramble that interferes with operations. It takes time to get ELD technology set up in a vehicle.

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