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Drug and alcohol regulations

Where can I find information about complying with drug and alcohol regulations?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) oversees the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which most commercial truck drivers are familiar with. It also oversees a branch called the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC). This organization maintains responsibility for drug and alcohol testing for the DOT. In addition to commercial bus and … Read more

If your name changes, does your MC Number change?

If I change my name, do I keep the same MC Number?

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 … Read more

What does the FMCSA do?

What does the FMCSA do?

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 … Read more

New Entrant Program

What is the FMCSA New Entrant Program?

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 … Read more

Company Snapshot

What is my Company Snapshot?

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 … Read more

MCMIS

What is the MCMIS? (Motor Carrier Management Information System)

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 … Read more

Self-certifying categories of CMV operation

How do I determine which of the four categories of CMV operation I should self-certify to with my state’s Driver’s Licensing Agency?

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.

Motor carrier Company Safety Profile

Where can I get a copy of my Company Safety Profile?

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 … Read more

Controlled Substances and Alcohol BASIC

How can I improve in the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC?

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 … Read more