2014 Annual Convention &
March 31 - April 2, 2014
NEW HOURS OF SERVICE EXEMPTIONEffective Friday, February 7, 2014 Governor Dayton has issued an Executive Order 14-04/14-05 exempting drivers from the Hours of Service regulations when transporting motor fuels.
Click here for Executive Order.
The exemption is in effect for 30 days (Saturday, March 8, 2014 at midnight).
While the attached Executive Order exempts drivers transporting #1 fuel oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, ethanol and biodiesel from the Hours of Service requirements, it does not exempt companies from insuring that drivers are not operating a motor vehicle while fatigued or ill (Item #3 in the Executive Order).
Remember at the end of the exemption, drivers may return to duty after they have had at least 34 consecutive hours off duty. Upon returning to duty, drivers will have their 60/70 hour time revert to 0 (zero) hours.
In #5 of the Executive Order, a sentence says that "direct assistance is defined in Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 221.0269, Subdivision 3(c)." This subdivision essentially says that if a driver is hauling a product other than motor fuels exempted, that driver is not covered by the Hours of Service exemption.
Please take the time to read the specifics in the attached Executive Order and pass this on to your associate jobbers, as some of them may not be members.
EXTENSION OF US DOT EMERGENCY EXEMPTION
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The emergency exemption was issued as a result of extreme arctic cold weather conditions causing shortages and interruptions in the availability and or delivery of propane and other home heating fuels throughout the States affected in the Midwestern Region to include the following: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
This declaration provides for the regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicles operations while providing direct assistance supporting the delivery of propane and home heating fuels into the affected areas and consumers in the above mentioned states during the emergency. Direct assistance terminates when a driver or commercial motor vehicle is used in interstate commerce to transport cargo or provide services not directly supporting the emergency relief effort. Exemption expires midnight March 1, 2014. Please click here for the DOT hours of service exemption.
LIEAP Eligibility Changes
Effective January 28, 2014, The Minnesota Energy Assistance Program (EAP) has increased the maximum Crisis benefits available for EAP households with LP or heating oil emergencies from $500 to $1,000. The maximum Crisis benefit for all other energy emergencies remains at $500 (natural gas, electric, biofuel, etc). This change is to assist households confronting extremely low temperatures combined with increased costs and shortages of LP and heating oil. Click here for the funds increase notice. Click here for Eligibiliety Guidelines Increase.
VISA/MC Litigation Settlement Pre-registration
Marketers that accepted Visa or MasterCard cards between January 1, 2004 and November 28, 2012 and did not opt-out of the pending class action settlement will be eligible to claim funds when and if the settlement clears legal challenges.
Marketers can now preregister to recover funds on the settlement website: https://www.paymentcardsettlement.com/en/Preregistration
Keep in mind, preregistration is optional and not required but it could speed up the process when and if the settlement is approved. Preregistration closes on February 1, 2014.
Prepaid wireless E911 and Telecommunications Access
Minnesota (TAM) fees must be reported and paid to the
Minnesota Department of Revenue starting Jan. 1, 2014.Click here for more information.
Local Government Exemption Sales Tax
Local Government Exemption
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, cities and counties are exempt from sales and use tax on purchases used to provide certain government services. Please refer to Fact Sheet 176
for more information. We have updated Form ST-3
, Certificate of Exemption, to include “local government” as a reason for exemption under “B-specific government exemption.”
Biodiesel Blender CreditTHE FEDERAL BIODIESEL BLENDER TAX CREDIT EXPIRED AT 11:59PM ON DECEMBER 31, 2013.
We have not heard that the biodiesel credit will be extended. Several members of Congress are working on the biodiesel credit, but what the outcome will be is unclear at this time. If Congress acts on the biofuels tax incentives the Association will send out notifications. If you have specific supplier questions please contact your suppliers marketing office.