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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates a New Entrant Program for all new motor carriers during their first 18 months on the job. The purpose of the program is to introduce drivers to safety standards and regulations at the federal level. The FMCSA automatically enrolls new motor carriers in the program when they … Read more
When you make changes to your brand’s legal name or the format of your business, you will also need to update key records and information with a variety of organizations. If you are changing your company’s legal name, you might wonder if you need a new USDOT Number or if your DOT Number will follow … Read more
The Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is responsible for regulating the transportation of hazardous materials (HM). This includes actions completed by shippers, motor carriers, and commercial drivers. Guidelines for transporting hazardous materials also falls under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). Those affected by these regulations … Read more
On August 23, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created an adjudicated citation policy that allows drivers and motor carriers to argue against a citation. The term adjudicated citation refers to a citation received by a motor carrier or driver that has resolved through some type of due process. This occurs through a … Read more
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides data to authorized people regarding the outcome of recent safety investigations. Drivers, employers, and other authorized parties should navigate to the Recent Investigations tab on the FMCSA portal to see results from the last five inspections. The dates on the five most recent investigations may span a … Read more
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires trucking companies that meet certain criteria to apply for operating authority. This is in addition to the number all drivers and motor carriers must obtain from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers who drive a vehicle interstate weighing more than 10,000 pounds to obtain a valid Medical Certificate. You must schedule an exam with a licensed Medical Examiner from the Department of Transportation (DOT) when you first apply for your commercial driver’s license and every two years … Read more
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires commercial drivers who transport certain types of materials to apply for and maintain a hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP). Drivers and motor carriers can refer to 49 CFR 385.403 to find further information about hazardous materials and to ensure they understand FMCSA expectations in this manner.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for the purpose of keeping habitually unsafe commercial drivers off the road. It began requiring employers to use the Clearinghouse in January 2020 to keep track of driver violations. In addition to employers and the FMCSA, information in the Clearinghouse is available … Read more