WARSAW — Free information, no risk.
An upcoming workshop aims to update farm owners and employees on the latest regulations for operating large trucks and equipment on area highways.
It will also provide details of a scam involving state Department of Transportation number compliance — attempting to charge money for a free service.
“(The workshop) will cover anybody,” said Ron Hotis of Marquart Repair, one of the program’s two presenters. “It’s directed at farmers but anybody who has a commercial license can ask questions or sit in.” The session will take place noon to 1:15 p.m. on April 15 at the Ag Center, 36 Center St. in Warsaw. Those interested can also attend via Zoom.
It will be presented by Trooper Matt Luft of the New York State Police Commercial Vehicle Unit, with Hotis providing support.
Topics will include defining commercial and covered vehicles, licensing and registrations, rules of the road, size and weights, and more.
Although it’s slated for 75 minutes, the workshop could last longer if participants have additional questions, Hotis said. The sessions typically attract about 100 people, but will also be available online this year due to COVID-19 precautions.
Organizers are hoping the workshop will return to its traditional format next year, he said.
As for the scam?
Operators are required to update their MCS-150 Motor Carrier Identification Number every two years, Hotis said. New York state provides the service for free, but scammers have been mailing official-looking forms threatening fines and offering to update the numbers for a fee.
“I’ve had two in the last two weeks,” he said. “The letter looks really, really official and it’s not.”
The workshop will update drivers on what to do, he said.
The session is sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, the Wyoming County Farm Bureau, and state Sen. Patrick Gallivan, R-Elma.
Pre-registration is needed. Contact Debra Welch at (585) 786-2251 ext. 125 or email email@example.com to register or for more information.