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FMCSA Publishes Final Rule: New Commercial Driver Requirements For Training Policies


Ship Arizona: Wineries Shipping Requirements and Updated Compliance Rules

Shipping rules vary from state to state and some have simple rules while others have more complex shipping policies. When you need to ship Arizona, it’s important to stay current with updated compliance regulations to avoid any violations. The Grand Canyon State has different direct shipping rules compared to other states.

Shipping Compliance Rules – Ship Arizona

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing Control (DLLC) audits the amount of wine produced by wineries and confirms that they comply with Arizona’s Direct to Consumer (DTC) laws.

Wineries Purchase Requirements

  • Go directly to the winery and purchase it on-site.
  • Buy from wineries producing 20,000 gallons or less per year.

Arizona State Direct Shipment License

On March 31, 2016, the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey signed into law SB 1381. It establishes a new Direct Shipment License which will expand off-site sales opportunities for wineries.  Though not yet available,  SB 1381 requires the DLLC to start issuing the licenses come the new year.

Direct Shipment Licenses – Arizona Wineries Must Provide:

  • Federal Basic Permit
  • Wine production license issued by the local state alcohol regulator

Suppliers Must Comply with DTC Regulations:

  • Legal Drinking Ages Must Be Verified.
  • Packaging Must Provide Proper Labeling (21 OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY)
  • Annual Report Sales Filed by January 31st each calendar year.
  • Pay Transaction Privilege Taxes and Luxury Taxes – DTC transactions

The mandate caps the amount of wine Arizona residents can buy from licensed wineries in a given year. Allowable purchase amounts will gradually increase over coming years, nearly doubling its equivalence by 2019. The sunset state expects a huge increase in the DTC sales as more vendors continue to ship Arizona. 

Overview of New Food Transportation Enforcement

Food Transportation JL Freight Inc Riverside California Recently, the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) started the implementation of the Food Transportation Enforcement (FTE). This new food safety program ensures all carriers in the food transport business adhere to California law in terms of shipment, transport, and delivery.

What You Need to Know

  • Inspection. First, according to the California Health and Safety Code Sec. 110140, authorized agents of the Department can inspect all types of conveyances used to transport food. For instance, shipping containers, trucks, and tractor-trailers. Additionally, the FTE will conduct inspections in designated areas all over the state of California. Such areas include vehicle and agricultural inspection stations, ports, food storage facilities, food distribution centers, and all other locations where we can find food transportation vehicles.
  • Focus of inspection. The inspection shall focus on food transportation conditions and practices.
    • Ensuring appropriate temperatures for high risk food products such as fresh meat, chicken, seafood, and eggs to prevent the onset of bacteria.
    • Proper management of storage facilities or transportation units to ensure sanitary transportation conditions, taking special care to prevent adulteration.
    • Pest control to prevent infestation. Also, proper packing, loading and unloading of food is important.
    • Review of food transportation documents such as invoices, bill of lading, and temperature logs. This will ensure food safety and knowledge of the parties responsible for transport and delivery.
  • Initial stages. The program is still in its initial phase so there is emphasis is on educating the drivers and distributors about the required practices in food transportation.
  • Enforcement. Finally, sanctions will be imposed on those involved in conspicuous practices. This may include embargo and seizure of food products, issuance of a Notice of Violation or a civic penalty assessment.

With the strict implementation of the FTE, all drivers and distributors should handle food under safer and more sanitary conditions. In brief, all stages including storage, transportation and distribution will see strict implementation. 

Kratom a Schedule 1 Drug Proposals

Last month, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced its intent to categorize Kratom as a Schedule I substance, citing that 2016 saw an increase of seizures by law enforcement of the substance, more in the first half than it had seized in previous years. The DEA states on its website that it is abused for its opiate like effects. The DEA also said it was aware of 15 deaths related to Kratom between 2014 and 2016. 

What’s All the Fuss About Kratom?

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) classifies drugs into five categories,  Schedule I substances, drugs, or chemicals are said to have “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” This is the most severe classification. Some substances in this category include LSD, weed, and heroin. In the less restrictive Schedule II category we can find drugs like cocaine and Oxycodone. Kratom is a medicinal plant in the same family as coffee, native to Southeast Asia consumed by thousands all over the world. It is used for many things such as pain relief, lowering blood sugar, easing migraines, and relieving the withdrawal symptoms of opiates. It can be chewed, crushed, smoked and taken in tea form among other ways. 

Kratom Schedule 1 Substance

Kratom Schedule 1 Drug

What’s Happening Now? There has already been opposition and protest from the public and members of congress to Kratom’s potential classification as a Schedule I drug and subsequent banning in the United States. If it goes into effect, the intended major change would halt medical research currently underway. Susaratea Majumdar, a chemist from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, says that Kratom, unlike morphine or Oxycontin, does not require greater doses to produce the same effects since the body does not build the same tolerance (Chen 2016). The attention to the classification of Kratom may bring forth some needed discussion about current classifications of by the CSA and the regulation exemption of substances like tobacco and alcohol that otherwise meet the requirements for a Schedule I classification. Will we classify Kratom in the most severe schedule possible, only to later recognize its medicinal properties? Or is this really a substance that must be banned immediately without pause for public discourse? Works Cited Chen, Agnes. “Kratom Drug Ban May Cripple Promising Painkiller Research.” Scientific American 27 Sept. 2016: n. pag. Web. 27 Sept. 2016.

Reducing Speed Limit for Truckers Nationwide!


US DOT Suggests Slowing Truck Drivers Down with new Nationwide Speed Limit!

On August 26, 2016, the Secretary of U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Anthony Foxx announced the proposal of its department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) and/or any device that can manage a commercial vehicle’s speed limit on public roadways.

Semi Truck Speed Limit Governors  

Reducing large commercial vehicles’ maximum speed limit to 68 MPH will decrease the number of accidents thereby saving lives. In addition, reducing fuel consumption costs in excess of $1 billion each year.

NHTSA specifically proposes that new multipurpose passenger vehicles such as buses and trucks with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds to be equipped with a speed limiting device upon their purchase. The technology must allow the vehicle to be governed to a specified speed limit at 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour. Both agencies are going to consider other speeds depending on public’s input.

truckers-may-need-to-governor-semi-trucks-speed-limitFoxx has expressed the significant benefits of the proposal which includes energy conservation and environmental benefits due to the reduction in the projected fuel and emissions.

NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind also added that the proposal is derived from basic physics. Regardless of how small speed increases are, they can have a huge effect on the force of a collision. It makes sense to set a standard speed limit on large heavy vehicles for safety and environment purposes.

The proposal requires motor carriers that operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce to be responsible for the maintenance of the speed limiting devices at designated speed for the whole service life of the vehicle.

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) were pleased with the proposal and have expressed various comments about it. Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO said that he believes that speed has been a major contributor in truck accidents and its reduction would also mean a decrease in accidents and fatalities on public highways.

In conclusion, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) describes the proposal as dangerous as the devices might create speed differentials that can result to more crashes and increase road rage among motorists. The association further mentioned they believe their is no technology that can ensure safety more than a well-trained driver.

The public is encouraged to submit their comments and suggestions on the speed limit proposed rule at