Scopelitis Transportation Consulting’s initial training, advisory and consulting services are focused on the following topics:
New for 2019 – CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Training & Consulting
The Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse is the next mandate coming at the trucking industry, and early planning will be critical for compliance by carriers and drivers. Accurate and timely information, training and advisory services are available by phone, on-site and by video webinar to safety managers and recruiters to help guide their company’s understanding of the comprehensive new Clearinghouse rules. The company and driver registration requirements will begin in the Fall of 2019, and carriers will need to understand how querying the Clearinghouse for all new driver hires will affect the timing and workflow of their hiring processes. Advice and consultation on this topic will be as comprehensive as it gets. For example, STC’s one-of-a-kind training webinar/seminar will cover not only the rules and the timing of the required queries, but also answer common fleet questions like:
- Must all of my current drivers register with the Clearinghouse?
- How will we handle driver consent under the new rules?
- How often must the company update its registration?
- What internal carrier policies need to be updated to remain compliant? and,
- How will this rule affect my independent contractors?
New for 2019 – Compliance Reviews in an ELD World - Training Program
Let’s face it…no one likes being audited. DOT compliance audits (technically called compliance reviews) are still a threat to any motor carrier, no matter the size or compliance posture. And, as a result of the ELD mandate, FMCSA’s approach to auditing hours of service compliance through ELD records has changed. STC’s new training seminar/webinar covers the compliance audit waterfront, and specifically addresses the approach that FMCSA auditors, and their State agency counterparts, undertake to audit ELD records and HOS compliance. There simply isn’t a training seminar in the industry today that provides the information contained in this STC-developed program. If FMCSA comes knocking at your door, this training will help you prepares, and will raise your comfort level.
Cameras/Video Event Recorders Training & Consulting
Created in 2018, this unique and comprehensive training program is available for on-site or webinar delivery that covers the waterfront on this evolving fleet safety technology. This program covers government and industry research on the benefits of cameras and event coaching, the technology currently available, the pros and cons of various technologies, the organizational culture, policies, and training needed to support an effective video event recorder program, and best practices gathered from all sizes and types of fleets that have already adopted the technology to benefit their safety, operations and claims experience. There is no other training program like this in the trucking marketplace today.
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) Consulting, Compliance & Training
Comprehensive information, training and advisory services are available by phone, on-site and by video webinar to fleet managers and front-line supervisors employed by motor carriers that have not yet implemented – or are transitioning from AOBRDs to this mandated safety and compliance technology. Federal law requires the use of certified ELDs by December 2019. There are a host of moving parts related to ELD adoption and many policy-related, practical, and operational issues that must be considered and addressed by fleets. From the law, to the rules, to the many policy and operational considerations and challenges, training and consultation on this topic will be as comprehensive as it gets. For example, STC’s one-of-a-kind training will cover more than 25 real-world, operational issues and questions such as:
- Should my mechanic(s) be assigned an ELD user account to record time when he road tests trucks after repairs?
- What should a driver do if a shipper forces him to leave a facility and he is out of hours?
- What do I do when a driver forgets to log on or off the ELD? and,
- Will ELD adoption by my independent contractors pose unique challenges?
The Dos & Don’t When Using Independent Contractors (ICs) – Training & Consulting
STC has unique, timely and specialized training for recruiters, dispatchers, front-line motor carrier safety personnel and managers as well as other carrier personnel that routinely work with independent contractors. It is imperative that motor carrier personnel understand the important distinctions between employees and independent contractors and they treat the ICs accordingly (e.g., using the proper terminology, etc.). Often, the day to day dealings with ICs forms the strongest basis for supporting and tuning an efficient no asset or asset-light model. Company websites should also be reviewed regularly to ensure the IC model is being accurately and correctly portrayed to the public at-large as well as prospective and even current ICs. STC can provide this type of website analysis and support as well. The use of ICs and the IC model is critical to the productivity and success of many trucking fleets; however, the IC model and the classification of owner-operators as independent contractors is under attack on multiple fronts. The recent increase in IC misclassification litigation against motor carriers makes this one-of-a-kind training program essential for your business. On-site training at your location or by video webinar focuses on three critical areas: the legal standards, practical application of those standards, and industry best practices to protect the status of your ICs and keep your transportation company in business and moving forward.
Workplace Violence Prevention and Active Shooter Mitigation Training
Every organization should be prepared to save as many lives as possible should an active shooter situation arise, especially trucking companies, where several recent, high-profile active shooter events have occurred. STC’s Workplace Violence Prevention Training is a two-hour, on-site training course that provides information, awareness, techniques and concrete strategies to create a safer, more
secure working environment. Workers must have pre-planned response options they can easily remember and initiate under extreme stress to increase their chances of surviving. This training includes STC’s Active Shooter Training Module, which is specifically designed to increase the survivability of workers in an active shooter event. STC’s modules provide a model response framework which people can practice and recall under stress, resulting in lives saved and casualties mitigated.
Air Cargo Security Consulting, Compliance and Training
Training and compliance-focused assistance is provided on current air cargo transport, screening, personnel and air cargo facility-related security requirements intended to safeguard and protect our aviation and surface transportation systems and networks. As a result of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) developed and subsequently mandated comprehensive air cargo security programs and protocols for parties involved in the handling and transport of air cargo. TSA continues to enhance its oversight and enforcement programs based on current intelligence and risk assessments, requiring industry stakeholders to stay constantly up to date on TSA enforcement priorities. In addition to training programs and expert compliance advice, STC’s service offerings in this area also include best practices information and implementation guidance, along with specialized government relations and advocacy-related services on aviation and air cargo security related issues.
Independent Contractors (ICs)
Unique, timely and specialized training for recruiters, dispatchers, front-line motor carrier safety personnel and managers as well as other carrier personnel that routinely work with independent contractors is provided in this product/service offering. It is imperative that motor carrier personnel understand the important distinctions between employees and independent contractors and that they treat the ICs accordingly (e.g., using the proper terminology, etc.) as often the day to day dealings with ICs forms the strongest basis for supporting and tuning an efficient no asset or asset-light model. Company websites should also be reviewed regularly to ensure the IC model is being accurately and correctly portrayed to the public at-large as well as prospective and even current ICs. STC can provide this type of website analysis and support as well. The use of ICs and the IC model is critical to the productivity and success of many trucking fleets; however, the IC model and the classification of owner-operators as independent contractors is under attack on multiple fronts. Carriers may undergo scrutiny from federal and state agencies, and the recent increase in IC misclassification litigation against motor carriers makes this one-of-a-kind training program essential for your business. On-site training at your location or by video webinar focuses on three critical areas: the legal standards, practical application of those standards, and industry best practices to protect the status of your ICs and keep your transportation company in business and moving forward.
New Rules Prohibiting Driver Coercion
Training and compliance-focused advice is provided on new federal regulations prohibiting driver coercion. Driver coercion is more commonly thought of as pressure by a carrier, shipper, receiver or transportation intermediary on drivers to violate a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (e.g., hours of service rules, vehicle safety equipment rules, etc). These recently issued rules became effective in early 2016, and the industry is still unraveling their meaning, operational considerations, and the government’s approach to enforcement. Training and advice for motor carriers, shippers and transportation intermediaries is available to ensure compliance and keep your drivers safe and productive. Training and consulting advice will address the strict elements of coercion as defined by FMCSA, types of conduct prohibited under the rule, whether a driver must object in order to make a coercion claim, what constitutes a ‘threat to withhold business, employment or work opportunities,’ and a great deal more.
Transportation Equipment Replacement Strategies for Large Fleet Owners
High replacement costs coupled with potentially large tax expense can restrict the ability of a fleet owner to regularly replace existing transportation equipment. STC has developed a strategy for large fleet owners to purchase new transportation equipment and modernize the fleet in a cost efficient manner. STC conducts the preliminary analysis, provides a comprehensive report on the benefits of this strategy to the fleet owner and is available to assist in the implementation of the program.
Transportation Equipment Sales Tax Strategies for Fleet Operators
State and local taxes impact the bottom line of transportation equipment rental and leasing companies and motor carriers (“Fleet Operators”) engaged in single or multistate operations. One type of tax applicable to Fleet Operators is sales tax. The purchase or lease of transportation equipment and related items may trigger sales tax rates of more than 9% in some locations on the purchase or lease charge. Multistate Fleet Operators are especially susceptible to incurring sales tax liabilities in various locations by virtue of their interstate operations. With a thorough understanding of multistate sales taxes, vehicle registration and vehicle titling laws, STC is positioned to guide Fleet Operators on strategies designed to lower or eliminate some sales tax liabilities, including the recoupment of sales taxes paid in error. STC monitors state and local sales tax developments impacting Fleet Operators and is well suited to provide guidance to clients on these issues.