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Warning ticket

Why did I get points for a warning ticket?

When you drive your personal vehicle and get a warning – it’s just that, a true warning. The rules of the road change, though, when commercial trucking is involved. Because safety is such a significant issue for the industry and a warning could reflect problems in the overall way a brand is operating, a warning … Read more

FMCSA follow-on

What are potential FMCSA follow-on procedures for trucking businesses?

Follow-on actions are one of three possible responses to violations of FMCSA rules and regulations. Of the three responses, a Follow-On is considered to be the most severe and significant. All interventions by the FMCSA were designed to help educate, inform, and support businesses that have run afoul of regulations, but the Follow-On options are … Read more

Female truck drivers

5 tips for recruiting female truck drivers

It may not be a traditional job for women, but trucking offers plenty of opportunities for female drivers, provided companies reach out in the right way. Female truck drivers offer many benefits, from better safety records to enhanced loyalty.

Medical condition

Can I get a medical certificate if I have a medical condition being treated?

If you’re due for your DOT physical and you have a medical condition that’s being treated by a doctor, you probably have some questions when it comes to getting a medical certificate. According to the DOT, the Medical Examiner makes the final decision whether you can drive with a medical condition that’s under treatment.

What does the DOT do

What does the DOT do?

The DOT is the short version for the United States Department of Transportation. This large office of the Federal government is responsible for the infrastructure and roadways that cross the nation and are designated Federally owned. What is the mission of the DOT? The DOT has a few major goals that it states are part … Read more

Truck biennial update

Will I get notified when my biennial update is due and how do I complete it?

If you have a USDOT number, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires an update of your information at least once every two years, regardless of whether any information about your company has changed. Below is some information to help you understand when your truck biennial update is required and how you can complete it … Read more

Choosing a truck driving school

5 tips for choosing a truck driving school

If you have decided to become a truck driver, you can’t begin your new career until you get the proper training. However, with so many truck driving schools operating all around the country, it can be difficult to choose the institution that is best for you. Below are some tips to help you choose the … Read more

What is the FMCSA Portal?

What is the FMCSA Portal?

The FMCSA portal is maintained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and offers motor carriers and other involved parties access to a variety of forms of information. If you are a carrier, ship freight, carry passengers, or do other commerce on the roadways, then you can use the FMCSA Portal to check your official … Read more

Violation severity weight

How is the severity weight of a violation determined?

The Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program uses data that it obtains from crash data and roadside inspection reports to identify drivers with unsafe driving behaviors. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may intervene with these drivers at a later time. Violations are assigned a severity weight that depends on many different factors. We’ll … Read more