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Trucking CSA

Who is impacted by the CSA?

As a motor carrier, you know that you need to pay attention to the FMCSA and their regulations. There are a few letters that you might have heard about — CSA, or Compliance, Safety, Accountability. What is the trucking CSA, and who is affected by it? (And why is there an FMCSA and a CSA? … Read more

Trucking SMS intro

A brief introduction to the trucking SMS

The trucking world is filled with confusing things. The regulations are many and the letters – FMCSA, CSA, SMS, DOT – can cause real befuddlement. Three letters in particular, SMS, are extremely important. They stand for Safety Measurement System. We’ll explain what the trucking SMS is all about by answering a few common questions about … Read more

Truck driver turnover during COVID

What’s happening with truck driver turnover with COVID-19?

The coronavirus pandemic has definitely led to a lot of changes and challenges – there’s no denying that. Pretty much everyone and everything has been affected by the pandemic. One thing that was impacted by COVID-19 is the driver turnover rate in the trucking industry, an interesting effect of the virus: the turnover rate in … Read more

Trucking safety audits

What New Entrants need to know about safety audits

If you are a New Entrant, you have to go through a safety audit within the first year of operation. But what exactly is that, and what does it mean? What happens during the audit? What violations could cause an automatic failure of the audit? And what happens if you pass your audit – or … Read more

New Entrant Program website

What’s the New Entrant Program website?

If you’re new to the trucking world, you probably have a lot of questions. That’s okay! The FMCSA has a lot of helpful information for new entrants. There’s a lot to find out and a lot to learn, but fortunately you can find out more with the New Entrant Program website. That’s a great way … Read more

FMCSA information systems

Information systems the FMCSA runs

The FMCSA, or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has a lot on its plate. They run a lot of different programs related to safety and they have a lot of different programs to keep track of the data they collect. Since the FMCSA’s goal is to enhance safety on the nation’s roads, a lot of … Read more

FMCSA Military Driver Programs

FMCSA Military Driver Programs

If you’re a military personnel and you’re considering moving into a civilian career, don’t forget to consider trucking. Transportation can be a great career path. There’s always a need for experienced commercial truck drivers, and the FMCSA wants to fill the jobs with CMV drivers who have experience, who are safe drivers, and who are … Read more

MCS-150 update

Why didn’t my MCS-150 update show up in SMS?

The trucking world is full of paperwork and regulations. The MCS-150 is something that motor carriers need to be aware of and keep up with. (There are a lot of forms and such you have to keep up with, admittedly.) But even when you are on top of everything, you might wonder why the carefully … Read more

SMS severity tables

What and where are the Safety Measurement System severity tables?

Being a motor carrier is a lot of paying attention to regulations and inspections. You might be wondering what violation severity weight is and where one could find the severity tables for the SMS. Seems like that would be something helpful to know about. Well, it has to do with BASICs and such. Here is … Read more