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Medical certificate/variance

What do I do when my medical certificate and/or variance is about to expire?

As part of its requirements for the Driver Fitness portion of its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers to undergo a medical examination to prove fitness for duty. Drivers must then present a copy of the medical certificate to the State Driver License Agency … Read more

FMCSA safety regulations

How do I know if I am subject to FMCSA’s safety regulations?

One of the most basic questions of new commercial drivers is whether they need to operate under the authority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The answer to this question depends on whether you or your employer meet certain criteria established by the FMCSA. So – are you subject to FMCSA safety regulations?

Interstate commerce

How do I register with the FMCSA to operate in interstate commerce?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces different requirements depending on whether a driver’s routes require traveling intrastate or interstate. If intrastate, it means the driver only complete deliveries within the same state that issued his or her commercial driver’s license. Interstate has to do with commerce that takes place in multiple states. So, … Read more

Where can roadside inspection data be viewed?

Where can roadside inspection data be viewed?

All drivers and commercial motor vehicles are governed by specific regulations. Unfortunately, not every vehicle and driver complies with these requirements. Noncompliance can cause a safety hazard for everyone on the road. For this reason, the authorities engage in certain activities designed to enforce these regulations.

Improve in the Hazardous Materials Compliance BASIC.

How can a carrier improve in the Hazardous Materials Compliance BASIC?

Hazardous Materials is one of seven categories that inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) measure as part of its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). It’s like the other six BASICs in that the FMCSA compares drivers with a similar number of safety events to come up with a percentile ranking. … Read more

Improve in the Drive Fitness BASIC

How can a carrier improve in the Driver Fitness BASIC?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains seven categories in its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) program to provide standards in which to evaluate driver safety. Driver Fitness is one of the seven BASICs. Inspectors rank drivers who have a similar number of safety events such as crashes, violations, or lack of … Read more

Find out what a Cooperative Safety Plan is.

What is a Cooperative Safety Plan (CSP) and are motor carriers required to develop one?

A cooperative safety plan (CSP) is a voluntary structured plan that motor carriers file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The purpose of the plan is for the motor carrier to address any underlying issues that have or could potentially lead to safety issues and improve its performance.

It's important to understand your Crash Indicator BASIC.

How can a carrier improve in the Crash Indicator BASIC?

Crash Indicator is one of the seven factors that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers when ranking driver safety relative to other drivers who have experienced a similar number of crashes, failed inspections, violations, and related events. It is part of the BASIC program, which stands for Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category. … Read more

It's important to understand the Hours of Service Compliance BASIC.

How can a carrier improve in the HOS (Hours of Service) Compliance BASIC?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a program called Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) that ranks drivers in seven categories. One of these is Hours of Service compliance. This BASIC addresses requirements found under the FMCSA 49 CFR, Parts 392 and 395. Violations under Hours of Service include improper recordkeeping regarding … Read more