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ELDs record information about a driver's hours on the road.

What information is recorded by an ELD?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all commercial truckers to install an electronic logging device (ELD) in their vehicle to record specific information. The ELD has replaced paper logs and electronic onboard recorders since that device was not standardized for the entire industry. The FMCSA required all carriers to install ELDs by December … Read more

It's important to understand what safety event groups are.

What are Safety Event Groups and how are they used?

Compliance and Safety Accountability (CSA) is a program operated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that uses Safety Event Groups to help rank motor carriers in terms of safety. The CSA first used this methodology in 2010 when it replaced Peer Groups. It also stopped assigning Average Power Units at that time to … Read more

There is a difference between acute and critical violations.

What are Acute and Critical Violations?

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes a safety audit, it is looking for evidence of violations that can put the public at risk. It classifies all violations as either acute or critical. When a trucking company or independent owner-operator receives an acute violation, it means that the violation was so grossly unsafe … Read more

There are different levels of CSA intervention.

What are the three forms of CSA intervention?

Compliance and Safety Accountability (CSA) is a program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for the purpose of helping motor carriers comply with federal regulations. It institutes three levels of intervention known as Early Contact, Investigation, and Follow-On. CSA interventions help to determine the reason for safety issues and recommend solutions to correct … Read more

You might be able to reinstate your motor carrier operating authority.

What do I need to do to reinstate my Motor Carrier Operating Authority?

If you’ve lost your operating authority, all is not lost. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has clearly defined policies for revoking and suspending a carrier’s ability to operate. There are also clear guidelines for reinstating a suspended or revoked motor carrier operating authority that must be followed if you are going to get back … Read more

It's important to know about the biennial update.

What truckers need to know about the biennial update of DOT info

As a representative of the federal government, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all motor carriers that operate under its authority to update their information every other year. You must do this even if your company remains in business and has had no major changes such as no longer performing interstate operations in … Read more

Motor carriers cannot broker loads without the proper authority.

Can a Motor Carrier broker loads?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) currently does not allow motor carriers to broker loads unless they first apply for and receive a license as a property broker. If you are a new broker, that means you must complete an application for broker authority using the Unified Registration System (URS) of the FMCSA. You … Read more

It's important to know the Insurance/Other Indicator.

What is the SMS Insurance/Other Indicator?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has prepared a program designed to enhance safety and to ensure that oversized commercial vehicles are as safe as possible on the roads. The SMS Insurance/Other Indicator is part of a wider initiative and designed to check for licensing, registration, reporting, and insurance issues.

Drivers of commercial vehicles need to get a medical certificate.

What medical criteria are required to obtain a medical certificate? (And who needs one?)

Drivers of commercial motor vehicles must undergo a physical examination to make sure they are medically fit for duty. If the truck driver passes the medical exam, the examiner will complete a medical examiner’s certificate, which can be submitted to the Department of Transportation. Below is some information to help you understand this certificate and … Read more