REMINDER: Biodiesel Mandate
The Minnesota biodiesel mandate under section 239.77 requiring 10% biodiesel by volume has ended today October 1, 2014. The Minnesota biodiesel mandate under section 239.77 now requires for the months of October, November, December, January, February and March to contain 5% biodiesel by volume. The required blue sticker, by the Federal Trade Commission, may remain on your pump until the volume of biodiesel drops below 5% biodiesel. If you intend on selling diesel fuel containing 5% bio from the rack through the cold weather months, you may leave the sticker on the dispenser. If you intend to blend number two fuel containing B-5 and straight number one fuel, you must remove the sticker when the blend falls below 5%. Various winter blends offered at the rack usually contain between 2 ½ % and 3% biodiesel. If you use a winter blend you must remove the sticker if the blend is below 5%. Any questions please feel free to call the Association office at 651-484-7227.
Please see the statue below regarding “hours of service”. The statute regarding hours of service and delivery of farm supplies from March 15 until December 15 was changed during the 2014 session. Farm supplies delivered within 150 air miles from the source of the commodities retail location are exempt from hours of service. Please make a copy of the following and keep it in your logbooks as questions may arise regarding the changes to the statute this fall. If you have any questions regarding the changes to the statute, please feel free to contact the Association office.
Subd. 9a. Hours of service exemptions. The federal regulations incorporated in subdivision 9 for maximum driving and on-duty time do not apply to drivers engaged in the interstate or intrastate transportation of:
(1) agricultural commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes in Minnesota during the planting and harvesting seasons from March 15 to December 15 of each year; or
(2) sugar beets during the harvesting season for sugar beets from September 1 to May 15 of each year; if the transportation is limited to an area within a 150-air-mile radius from the source of the commodities or from the retail or wholesale distribution point of the farm supplies.
World Pay Advisor Alert
Planned maintenance scheduled for September 10, 2014
We will be conducting planned maintenance in our Atlanta data center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:00 AM ET. During this time our Atlanta data center will be unavailable and we’ll direct all traffic to our Philadelphia data center. Traffic will split back to the Atlanta data center on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 8:00 AM ET.
Steps you may take
For merchants who have a persistent connection to our Atlanta data center, you may redirect your traffic at any time to Philadelphia. To confirm maintenance has been completed, please contact our Network Operations Center (NOC) at 678-587-1258. As always, if you have any questions, please contact your Relationship Manager.
Minnesota's MINIMUM WAGE
Minnesota's minimum-wage increases August 1, 2014…
Minnesota's minimum-wage rates rise up to $8 an hour beginning August 1, 2014. In the coming two years, the new law will move wage rates higher in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions…
DOT Medical Professionals
More Than 30,000 Medical Professionals Now Listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced that 8,000 more health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with 22,000 providers. Another 22,500 medical professionals have also initiated the process for gaining their certification. All interstate commercial truck and bus drivers must pass a USDOT medical examination at least once every two years in order to obtain a valid medical certificate and maintain their commercial driver’s license (CDL). As required by federal regulation, effective May 21, 2014, all new USDOT medical examinations for interstate truck and bus drivers (both CDL and non-CDL drivers) are required to be performed by a medical examiner who has completed the required training and passed a certification test. The USDOT medical examination looks at a range of conditions to assess a driver’s ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory and muscular functions, vision, and hearing. To meet the needs of professional drivers throughout the country, there are certified examiners in every state, and dozens or hundreds in most cities that can be located by visiting http://nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov/.