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New Member Benefit Includes Discounts on Select FedEx® Small Package Services

Your Options if You Are Fined by the FMCSA

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New Member Benefit Includes Discounts on Select FedEx® Small Package Services

AOA is pleased and excited to announce a new endorsed member benefit — the AOA Shipping Program. Through AOA’s agreement with PartnerShip®, the company that developed and manages the program, AOA members who enroll save substantial dollars on every shipment — inbound, outbound, small, and large.

AOA chose PartnerShip to develop a shipping program that combines simplicity, excellent service, and great savings. PartnerShip began as a successful member service in 1989. Today, PartnerShip is a well-established organization working with more than 100 association groups, over 17,000 businesses, and many of the best carriers in the industry.

Through the AOA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip, members have access to exclusive discounts on select FedEx® small package services:
 

  • Save up to 29%* on select FedEx Express® services
  • Save up to 20% on select FedEx Ground® services
  • Save up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery® services


If you already have a FedEx account, PartnerShip will ensure you’re receiving the best possible pricing and link the discounts to your existing account. If you are not currently using FedEx, an account will be created for you when you enroll in the AOA Shipping Program.  

AOA members also receive discounts on LTL freight, tradeshow, and specialized shipping services through this free member benefit:
 

  • Save at least 70% on LTL freight shipments with the most reputable carriers including UPS Freight, YRC Freight, Con-way Freight, and others
  • Save 20-40% on exhibit shipments to and from trade shows and events with the industry exclusive Tradeshow Assurance Guarantee
  • Benefit from specialized services including expedited & international shipping, inbound management, low-cost shipping supplies, and more


Visit PartnerShip.com/AOA for more information and to enroll in the AOA Shipping Program. If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip directly at 800-599-2902, or email sales@PartnerShip.com.

* Includes a bonus 5% online processing discount. Full details available at www.PartnerShip.com/AOA/FedExdiscounts.

Responding to a Notice of Claim Issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for Violation of Transportation Safety Requirements:  Your Options if You Are Fined by the FMCSA

Recently, outfitters and guides are sharing more and more reports of vigorous enforcement of transportation safety requirements by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Although it is always the hope that these situations can be addressed before civil penalties are assessed, this is not always possible.  

After the FMCSA issues a “Notice of Claim” asserting that a carrier has violated a rule or regulation and is subject to civil penalties, the carrier has several options: (1) it can admit the violations and pay the penalty; (2) it can admit the violations, but contest the penalty and seek arbitration; (3) it can contest the violations and request administrative adjudication; or (4) it may enter into a settlement agreement with the Field Administrator.  In any event, failure to answer the Notice within 30 days may result in the issuance of a Notice of Default, and be deemed an admission of the facts contained in the Notice and a waiver of the carrier’s opportunity to contest the claim.

  1. Admitting a violation and paying the penalty:
    A carrier who chooses to pay the full penalty must do so within 30 days of receiving the Notice. Payment-in-full will constitute an admission of liability of all facts alleged in the Notice of Claim, unless otherwise agreed to.  Payment-in-full also waives the right to contest the allegations or penalties contained in the Notice at a later time.  It also could lead to higher civil penalties in the event of any future FMCSA enforcement action.
  2. Admitting a violation but contesting the penalty:
    If a carrier admits a violation but contests the penalty, the carrier can request that the amount and schedule of payment be determined under binding arbitration.  Under this scenario, a neutral third party will hear evidence from both sides and issue a binding decision.
  3. Contesting a violation:
    If a carrier disputes an alleged violation, it can contest the claim and request administrative adjudication.  The carrier’s reply to the Notice must be in writing and must include the following: (1) an admission or denial of each separately stated and numbered alleged violation in the Notice; (2) all known affirmative defenses, including those relating to jurisdiction, limitations, and procedure; and (3) a statement as to whether the carrier seeks adjudication based on written evidence without a hearing, an informal hearing, or a formal hearing.
  4. Entering into a settlement agreement:
    It also may be possible to negotiate a settlement with the Field Administrator.  Settlements may address the amount of the penalty to be paid, the timing of payment, and other terms.  Procedures governing settlement will vary depending upon the stage of any proceedings at the time of settlement.

It also may be possible to negotiate a settlement with the Field Administrator.  Settlements may address the amount of the penalty to be paid, the timing of payment, and other terms.  Procedures governing settlement will vary depending upon the stage of any proceedings at the time of settlement.
Further detailed information regarding appeal options, deadlines, and filing requirements is available at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/offices/cc/faq/faqs.aspx and in the FMCSA’s regulations at Title 49, Part 386 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Share your thoughts about Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations in the discussion group on the AOA Forum.

See more AOA Member Benefits on the Website
 

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