The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides data to authorized people regarding the outcome of recent safety investigations. Drivers, employers, and other authorized parties should navigate to the Recent Investigations tab on the FMCSA portal to see results from the last five inspections. The dates on the five most recent investigations may span a period longer than 24 months that the Safety Measurement System (SMS) uses.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers who drive a vehicle interstate weighing more than 10,000 pounds to obtain a valid Medical Certificate. You must schedule an exam with a licensed Medical Examiner from the Department of Transportation (DOT) when you first apply for your commercial driver’s license and every two years thereafter. The name and specialty of the provider must appear on the FMCSA National Registry. Common examples of acceptable providers include medical doctors, physician assistants, chiropractors, and doctors of osteopathy.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers who transport certain types of materials to apply for and maintain a hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP). Drivers and motor carriers can refer to 49 CFR 385.403 to find further information about hazardous materials and to ensure they understand FMCSA expectations in this manner.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for the purpose of keeping habitually unsafe commercial drivers off the road. It began requiring employers to use the Clearinghouse in January 2020 to keep track of driver violations. In addition to employers and the FMCSA, information in the Clearinghouse is available to law enforcement personnel and driver’s license agencies at the state level with the proper registration and clearance.
After working on its development for several years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020. Commonly referred to as just the Clearinghouse, the purpose of the new database is to provide a central location for driver drug and alcohol violations to make it easier for employers, potential employers, law enforcement, and the FMCSA itself to track.
When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020, it did so with the requirement that employers of those holding a commercial driver’s license (CDL) purchase a query plan. This allows employers and any third- party administrator or consortium they assign to request information on drug and alcohol violations of current and prospective employees. Upon registration, employers must log into the Clearinghouse and purchase a query plan. We’ll go over what the different Clearinghouse query plans are.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a separate website and program known as the Safety Measurement System (SMS) that tracks certain safety details on all motor carriers. Prior to the FAST Act of 2015, all information on SMS was available for public viewing. Since that time, certain SMS information about the safety performance and compliance of motor carriers is no longer publicly available.
It’s a common misconception that the Safety Measurement System (SMS) managed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) does not record inspections that contain no violations. This is not true. According to th FMCSA’s own data, approximately 3.5 million inspections take place each year. Although around one-third of these contain no violations, safety inspectors still upload them to the FMCSA database. This is important because every inspection with no violation helps to improve the motor carrier’s percentile rank in the SMS.
Acting as a broker requires you to be properly registered with the FMCSA. Those operating as a broker for the first time must start by applying for a unique identification number with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). This requires navigating to the Unified Registration System (URS) and following the on-screen prompts. It is also necessary to obtain an MC number before moving on to complete specific forms to legally operate as a commercial transportation broker.