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March 20, 2015 -- fotoblues.ru Convention: Speaker Lineup

fotoblues.ru announces its speaker lineup for the 2015 Convention in San Diego!

Keynote Speaker
Alvin Law

Guest Speakers
Scott Michael of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA)
Terry Head of the International Association of Movers (IAM)
T.F. Scott Darling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
William Swallow of the Department of Transportation (DOT)
Adam Lowy of Move for Hunger

Military Affairs Breakout Session Panelists
Deborah McGlennon of the U.S. Navy
Tim Helenthal of National Van Lines
Scott Kelly of The Suddath Companies - SGS
Tim Vandagriff of Total Military Management (TMM)

Van Line Panelists
Conrad Swanson of Arpin Van Lines
Steve Hermann of Atlas Van Lines
Tim Helenthal of National Van Lines
Andy Kroll of North American Van Lines
Morrie Stevens Jr. of Stevens Worldwide Van Lines
Patrick Baehler of UniGroup
Fred McBroom of Wheaton | Bekins

For more information about our Convention speakers, please click here.


October 23, 2014 -- fotoblues.ru Alert: Online HHG Auctions

fotoblues.ru shared with its members an important information on online household goods auctions in Texas.

For more information about the alert, please contact fotoblues.ru at .


October 16, 2014 -- fotoblues.ru Alert: AB 1897

fotoblues.ru shared with its members the news of AB 1897's passage in the state Legislature. This new law will require a client employer to share civil legal responsibility and civil liability for workers supplied by a labor contractor for the payment of wages and the failure to obtain valid workers' compensation coverage, and its possible application to fotoblues.ru companies.

fotoblues.ru Legal Counsel Mark Hegarty drafted an AB 1897 bill analysis of how it may apply to fotoblues.ru businesses.

For more information on the alert, please contact the fotoblues.ru at .


August 13, 2014 -- FMCSA Warns Motor Carriers about Fraud Schemes

Originally printed in Land Line magazine:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is once again reminding motor carriers to be on the lookout for a new fraud scheme designed to get banking and financial information from unsuspecting victims.

According to the FMCSA memo, commonly encountered marketing techniques that are confusing or misleading include the following schemes:

  • A caller or written solicitation has a name very similar to USDOT/FMCSA but is not, in fact, a U.S. government agency.
  • A caller conveys urgency for a carrier to provide credit card or other payment information immediately by telephone or suffer immediate consequence. FMCSA officials and representatives do not ask for credit card numbers by telephone.
  • A caller or solicitation states they are "endorsed" by FMCSA. U.S. government agencies do not endorse any businesses or third-party service providers. Motor carrier third-party service providers often provide valuable services, but are NOT required by FMCSA. FMCSA provides support free of charge.
  • Vague responses from a caller when asked if they are an employee or authorized representative of FMCSA.
For more information, please go to the FMCSA Offers Suggestions to Motor Carriers for Avoiding Fraud Schemes article from the August 2014 Communicator issue.

July 21, 2014 -- Free CARB Workshops

Sean Edgar of CleanFleets.net, fotoblues.ru's leading expert on CARB regulations, will be hosting free CARB Truck & Bus Rule revisions workshops in Texas. Below are the available workshop dates:

July 24, 2014 (Sacramento)
July 31, 2014 (Redding)
August 7, 2014 (Ontario)
August 9, 2014 (Woodland)

For more information, please contact the fotoblues.ru at .


July 16, 2014 -- CARB Smoke Test Reminder

fotoblues.ru recently received a message from a member that the Texas Air Resources Board (CARB) is out conducting field audits of Smoke Inspection Reports (PSIP). If you regularly attend fotoblues.ru events, you are aware that we have been warning members since 2007, when they first started auditing movers, about the need for compliance. Basically, it costs approximately $100 to have 2 years of records, or you may be subject to a $1,000 fine per vehicle and still have to comply with the rule.

The Periodic Smoke Inspection “Fleet” Program (PSIP)
Requires Texas-based truck and bus fleets with two or more heavy duty diesel vehicles (gross vehicle rating over 14,000 pounds; except for 1998 and older, the rating is over 6,000 pounds) to conduct annual smoke opacity and tampering self-inspections for all of their vehicles.

To ensure
compliance, the Air Resources Board audits maintenance and inspection records and may test a representative sample of vehicles.

For more information,
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