February 7, 2020
Success at IPGA Statehouse Day
On January 29, the Indiana Propane Gas Association (IPGA) held its second annual day at the capitol, bringing together a few dozen propane industry members to meet with nearly 200 Indiana legislators and staff.
 
IPGA, led by President John Schroering, hosted a luncheon in the historic Indiana Statehouse atrium, sharing information on how propane plays a significant role in a cleaner and greener environment in Indiana. Propane industry members found this event helpful as it allowed more members to connect to more legislators in an environment in which the legislators are comfortable.

State capitol events provide an opportunity to develop relationships with legislators, especially those who are unable to participate in a site visit in their district. If you don’t have a relationship with your state legislator or if your state association doesn’t host a state capitol day, NPGA will help you and your association plan an event and provide resources to use when you meet with state or local legislators.
 
For more information, contact Matt Solak.
Alternative Fuel Tax Credit Information
In December 2019, NPGA played a critical role in the reinstatement of the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Refueling Property Credit. These credits are estimated to be worth over $500 million dollars to the propane industry. Use it. Don’t leave money on the table.  
 
The Next Steps: 
  1. Share the Alternative Fuel Credits Fact Sheet with your tax professional. This document is not tax advice. It is a tool to be shared with your tax professional. A tax professional can determine eligibility and use of the credit.  
  2. Keep in mind - the credit is retroactive for 2018 and 2019. There is a 180-day window to submit all retroactive claims. This one-time opportunity begins on February 14, 2020 and runs through August 11, 2020
  3. Share the document with your customers.
  4. Fork lifts are eligible to claim the Alternative Fuel Tax Credit.  
  5. Use your tax credit.

If you have any questions, please contact  mbaker@npga.org
 
Consult Your Tax Professional  - This document was prepared to describe the tax credits and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be, nor should it be, relied upon as tax advice. Claimants should consult their tax advisors to determine eligibility for these tax credits and obtain guidance on filing claims with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 
Registration for the 2020 Employee Training is now open! IPGA offers certified and non-certified employee training for those employed in the propane industry or looking to obtain propane training certification. To make training more accessible to everyone, classes are held in multiple locations. Classes are open to members and non-members and pre-registration is necessary.  Click here to learn more.
NPGF Scholarship Application
Continuing in the 2020/2021 academic year, NPGF is again offering $1,000 scholarships solely to applicants attending an accredited trade, technical or vocational school pursuing one of following propane-related occupations: Commercial Truck Driver, Electrician, Gas Fitter, HVAC Technician, Pipe Fitter or Plumber.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of May.  Click here for eligibility. Share this information with your employees today!
FMCSA Announces Delay to Entry-Level Driver Training
On January 29th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a two-year delay to the compliance deadline for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) program.  The delay changes the compliance deadline for all participants from February 7, 2020 to February 7, 2022.  In July 2019, FMCSA proposed a two-year delay to parts of the ELDT program applicable to state licensing agencies; however, the agency received significant feedback to delay the entire program for all stakeholders. The FMCSA announcement is available on the agency’s  homepage  and it will be formally published in the Federal Register shortly.

FMCSA was congressionally mandated to create ELDT through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and the agency concluded the rulemaking process in December 2016.  NPGA advocated against several components of FMCSA’s initial proposal, like a minimum number of hours behind the wheel, which were ultimately removed from the final rule. After finalization, NPGA partnered with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) to identify how we can develop materials to assist the propane industry in compliance with the ELDT program.

ELDT applies to new Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) applicants or new Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) applicants. It does not apply to currently licensed drivers or Commercial Learner’s Permits obtained before the compliance deadline, unless the CDL-holder is seeking an HME. It also applies to all other endorsements, such as Passengers.

ELDT includes a two-part curriculum that must be completed before the applicant sits for the CDL or HME exam with the state license office: classroom or ‘theory’ curriculum, and behind the wheel training (range and public road). The classroom education includes a written/electronic exam that the applicant must pass with a score of 80 percent. The person providing behind the wheel training (trainer) must ‘self-certify’ or attest to satisfactory performance of vehicle operations by the applicant. The trainer must have a CDL at or above the level sought by the applicant. A similar classroom and exam format apply to CDL-holders seeking an HME.

The classroom and behind the wheel training must be provided by an entity or person registered in FMCSA’s Training Provider Registry, which is a database subject to record keeping requirements and audit.

NPGA and PERC continue to work together through the delayed compliance deadline to develop compliance materials for the propane industry! NPGA is collaborating with PERC to create the basic classroom curriculum and behind the wheel training materials that a propane marketer needs in order to provide in-house training. In addition, NPGA is working on an administrative service that would allow NPGA to serve as the official training provider subject to FMCSA recordkeeping and audit.

Please direct any questions to  Sarah Reboli , NPGA Deputy Counsel, Regulatory Affairs.
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