The FMCSA Cracks Down on Drug and Alcohol Violations

Did you know the FMCSA is cracking down on state driver licensing agencies?

The FMCSA is now requiring state licensing agencies to keep a closer eye on truck drivers for any drug and alcohol violations. If the agency is notified of a test failure, they have to revoke their driving privileges within sixty days.

Currently, not every state licensing agency has access to databases containing drivers’ drug and alcohol offenses. Therefore, commercial motor vehicle drivers with violations still hold a CDL despite the driving prohibition. However, the new rule has closed this “knowledge gap” as it ensures that all state licensing agencies have access to the database.

In this article we will discuss the details of the FMCSA’s new ruling.

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The CVSA Releases the Results from Operation Safe Driver Week

Law enforcement authorities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico stopped 46,058 commercial and passenger vehicles that were engaged in reckless driving. This occurred during the CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week on July 11th-17th. Officers pulled over 28,145 commercial vehicles and 17,910 passenger cars. They issued warnings to 10,486 drivers and gave out 16,863 citations.

According to the CVSA, this year’s top violation was speeding. All together they gave out 2,929 warnings and 9,349 citations to passenger vehicles and 2,549 warnings and 1,690 citations to commercial drivers for speeding.

Keep reading to find out more about this top violation and how it impacts safety on the roads.

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The Importance of Trucking

Have you imagined what would happen if truck drivers stopped working for a few days?

The world would come to a screeching halt according to Ricky Rodriguez, a truck driver who works 14-hours a day hauling steel and lumber throughout the Midwest. According to another trucker Paul Marhoefer (who hosts the podcast Over the Road), it would send the entire nation into a frenzy.

If this happened, the shelves in the grocery stores would be empty, we would run out of gas, and hospitals would run out of supplies. You’ve probably witnessed shortages like these throughout the pandemic. However, if truck drivers stopped working completely for a few days the shortages would be on a much larger scale.

If you’re unaware of the importance the trucking industry has in our nation, then keep reading.

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Yokohama Launches 2 New Commercial Tires

Recently, Yokohama Tire expanded their commercial lineup to include two new products. The renowned company launched the 124R and 505C tires, which are available all across the U.S. Moreover, both tires meet the standards and performance criteria for driving in severe snow conditions.

Whether you’re a trucker or own a fleet, learning about Yokohama’s new commercial tire selection is a must.

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Do I Need a DOT Number?

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Companies operating commercial vehicles to haul cargo or transport passengers need to register with the FMCSA and obtain a USDOT  number.

Also, truckers carrying hazardous materials or hauling different cargo quantities and types through intrastate travel are required to get a safety permit and a DOT number.

Authorities require a DOT number when monitoring and collecting a company’s safety information during compliance reviews, inspections, audits, and crash investigations.

Keep on reading to find out why you need a DOT number, what states require it, and how to comply with federal regulations.

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