While you can legally change the name of your business at any time, when you own a trucking or transportation brand, there are some additional things to consider beyond your business cards and branding. When you opened and registered your business, you were issued an MC number that is designed to make it easy to track your brand’s safety record, performance, and compliance. Any time you change something about your business or the way it works, you should also make sure that you make the necessary changes with any of the governing bodies that impact the trucking and transportation industry.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on January 1, 2000. This was in response to passage of the 1999 Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act. Prior to the 1999 legislation, the FMCSA was one division of the Federal Highway Administration. The primary purpose of the FMCSA is to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by commercial drivers. It employs approximately 1,000 people and maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The New Entrant Safety Assurance Program covers both Canadian and United States-based trucking and carrier brands. This program outlines a path for the new entrants and organizations to be able to drive legally in the United States. Learning more about the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program can help you determine if your organization should be participating and what steps you should be taking.
Your business’s safety record plays a huge role in everything from the way customers see your business to the way you manage risk. Being able to tell where you stand at a glance can help you spot the early signs of trouble, or give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are on the right track. Your Company Snapshot is designed to do just that – to give you the details you need to understand where you stand and what you’re doing right (and what you can improve).
Regulations surrounding safety increase in complexity and number every year; any time a new regulation is introduced, the data needs to be collected and stored in a way that makes it accessible to authorized parties. Safety data, inspection details, and other information need to be stored in a secure, easy to access location. To accomplish this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses a variety of databases and systems – such as the MCMIS.
Your state driver’s licensing agency (SDLA) must know how you intend to use your commercial driver’s license to ensure you meet the requirements for medical certification. The information below will help you to make the correct determination of which category of CMV operation you fall into.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a company safety profile on all motor carriers. The public can access much of the information contained in the company safety profile through a program called MCMIS Data Dissemination Program. Additionally, every motor carrier can request its own records. The FMCSA charges a fee to access a company safety profile regardless of who requests it.
Controlled substances and alcohol is just one of seven areas that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors with its Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) program. Like the other six categories, the FMCSA assigns commercial drivers a percentile rank based on their performance when compared to other drivers with a similar number of safety violations.
As part of its requirements for the Driver Fitness portion of its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers to undergo a medical examination to prove fitness for duty. Drivers must then present a copy of the medical certificate to the State Driver License Agency (SDLA) in the state where they received their commercial driver’s license (CDL).
One of the most basic questions of new commercial drivers is whether they need to operate under the authority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The answer to this question depends on whether you or your employer meet certain criteria established by the FMCSA. So – are you subject to FMCSA safety regulations?