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DOT Monitoring

The trucking industry is heavily regulated and one slip can cost your company more than a little money. The government expects you to know and keep track of every DOT violation that crops up. When do they expect you to run your business? It would be nice if your company had someone looking out for you to warn you when unaddressed violations are about to become your worst nightmare.

Guess what? That’s what Truck Insurance Quotes does for our customers. Keep reading to learn more.

How Does Truck Insurance Quotes Provide DOT Monitoring?

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Our free DOT monitoring service tracks violations so that we can help our customers stay on top of their obligations. When you maintain a clean record with the DOT, it impacts your truck insurance in a positive way.

Nobody likes bad surprises. If you’ve had DOT compliance issues come up, it helps to know about it before the DOT comes knocking at your door. It doesn’t take much for things to go south if a driver thought they received a warning instead of a fine or the DOT officer wrote down the wrong information. No matter how careful you are, you can’t be everywhere at once.

Truck Insurance Quotes uses FMCSA’s DataQs system to provide DOT monitoring at no charge to our clients.

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What is the FMCSA?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was created as part of the Motor Carrier Improvement Act of 1999. The FMCSA falls under the Federal Highway Administration and works to reduce accidents and injuries involving commercial motor vehicles. The administration regulates commercial motor vehicles including half a million trucking companies, thousands of Interstate bus companies and over 4 million CDL drivers.

As part of this mission, the FMCSA carries out the following responsibilities:

  • Enforcing trucking safety regulations
  • Identifying high-risk drivers and companies
  • Innovating safety information systems
  • Maintaining equipment standards
  • Raising awareness

One of the ways the administration raises awareness is through the DataQs system.

What Do You Know About DataQs?

DataQs Provides a way for trucking drivers and companies to review federal and state data regarding pending violations. The system also provides a way to appeal violations with incorrect or incomplete information.

If you would like to challenge FMCSA roadside inspection reports or correct information in crash reports, this is the easiest way to do it. Although there is no direct impact on court cases, by fixing the information in DataQs, you can then challenge the court case backed by corrected FMCSA information.

Our DOT monitoring service alerts trucking companies when violations are recorded and notifies you so that you can act accordingly.

Are You Looking for Better Truck Insurance?

Choose the truck insurance company that can protect you and your drivers. Truck Insurance Quotes has knowledgeable transportation insurance agents to help you find the most comprehensive coverage for the risks you face every day. Give us a call or message us on LiveChat for fast answers and to get a free quote.

4 Ways Carriers are Attempting to Woo Young Drivers

truck driver shortage

Currently, there’s a record truck driver shortage of about 60,000 drivers. There are many reasons for this shortage, which include the high average age of current truck drivers, high industry freight volumes, and high school kids that are increasingly attending higher education institutes rather than immediately entering the workforce. What’s more is that carriers still have to be selective with who they hire, as there are qualifications and other considerations that drivers need to meet to perform their jobs safely and effectively.

However, as the trucking industry is so critical to keeping America’s economy moving forward, a failure to address these driver shortages could have significant ramifications. It’s why many carriers are now investing more time and effort into attracting younger drivers. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the ways they’re doing this.

4 Ways Carriers Are Attracting Young Drivers

1. Get Social

While carriers are increasingly working with truck driving schools and even attending high school career fairs to get in front of America’s youth, another still largely untapped avenue for marketing to young drivers is social media. More people are on social media today than ever before, and many use it to find jobs or network as well. By advertising positions on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, carriers are able to tap into a much broader pool of potential candidates. Marketing on social media can also help attract untapped demographics of potential drivers. For instance, only about 6 percent of all truck drivers today are women.

2. Debunk Driving Myths

Many are under the impression that truck drivers are never home and it’s a profession for those who haven’t settled down or started a family. While there is a fair amount of travel for drivers depending on their roles, work-life balance today is better than ever. By emphasizing this, carriers are able to dispel certain myths and attract more candidates.

3. Communicate the Importance of Truck Driving

Many youngsters join the military because they see it as their calling and view the cause of defending their country as something bigger than just any job. While truck driving may not be up there on the scale of defending a nation, the economic importance of the trucking industry cannot be downplayed. Drivers are essential workers that move more than 70 percent of the country’s total freight and generate $700 billion in economic activity. As long as the trucking industry is going, America is going.

4. Raising Pay, Benefits

Employment decisions for younger generations largely still come down to earnings and earnings potential. More carriers are beginning to step up and show drivers how lucrative a career it can be. For instance, the National Transportation Institute reported drivers earning higher-than-average salaries in 2019, and guaranteed pay on the rise. The likes of signing bonuses, annual increases, performance bonuses and enhanced benefits packages are all areas where carriers are stepping up in an effort to entice more young drivers to join their teams.

Whether your drivers are young or old, rookies or veterans, one constant is the importance of proper truck insurance. For insight on the right insurance to protect your business and your drivers, contact us today.

What’s happening with truck driver turnover with COVID-19?

Truck driver turnover during COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has definitely led to a lot of changes and challenges – there’s no denying that. Pretty much everyone and everything has been affected by the pandemic. One thing that was impacted by COVID-19 is the driver turnover rate in the trucking industry, an interesting effect of the virus: the turnover rate in the trucking world dropped during the second quarter. 

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CVSA International Roadcheck continues

CVSA International Roadcheck

The CVSA had postponed their International Roadcheck because of the pandemic. However, they have rescheduled the International Roadcheck, and it’s going on now. It started on Sept. 9th and will continue through Sept. 11th. (Attention has been able to shift back to inspecting drivers and vehicles now that safety standards and Out of Service criteria.)

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FMCSA extends Emergency Declaration

FMCSA Emergency Declaration 2

These days, everything feels topsy-turvy and up in the air. The pandemic situation changes what seems like every day. The FMCSA issued an Emergency Declaration for the trucking world, and they recently extended that Emergency Declaration. It was due to expire on August 14th, but it has now been extended through September 14th. (Of course, the emergency declaration applies only to certain motor carriers – there are restrictions.) We’ll go over some of what you need to know.

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Amazon lays off trucking contractors: Why hiring good drivers is important

Amazon delivery contractors

According to the website Business Insider, several contractors that help to deliver packages for Amazon have announced that they expect to lay off approximately 2,000 drivers. The move affects drivers employed by Letter Ride, Inpax, Sheard-Lomax Transportation, and Urban Mobility Now, all of which make last-minute deliveries for the online retail giant. The most typical reasons for the layoffs include the filing of Worker Adjustments and Retraining Notifications and the expiration of contracts with Amazon.

What is a delivery service partner?

A delivery service partner (DSP) is a third-party delivery company that typically works only with Amazon. The DSPs then control driver schedules, wages, benefits, and maintenance of commercial vehicles. Those that have chosen to discontinue delivering packages for Amazon have worked with drivers to find positions with other companies that still deliver for Amazon.

Contracting out to a DSP benefits Amazon because it costs much less to deliver packages this way than to offer delivery drivers direct employment. Although relationships with the carriers above ultimately didn’t work out, Amazon is still looking to contract with several new DSPs. It prefers to work with delivery companies that have a fleet of at least 40 commercial vehicles available for deliveries, especially over the holiday season. Transportation industry analysts predict that Amazon will continue its relationships with smaller and newer DSPs while it discontinues doing business with the larger carriers.

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The challenges for Amazon DSPs

One risk that DSPs take when agreeing to a contract with Amazon is that the online retailer often makes up a large percentage of their business. This leaves delivery businesses vulnerable to changes and demands made by Amazon. If Amazon reduces business, for example, the DSP can find itself scrambling to bring in lost revenue. Other company owners have found that Amazon doesn’t deliver as much revenue as expected and cut ties on their own.

Hiring inexperienced drivers part of the problem

Some companies learned the importance of hiring good drivers the hard way when it became necessary to file retraining notifications and discontinue delivering for Amazon. As a motor carrier hiring new drivers, the best thing you can do is take your time to thoroughly investigate an applicant’s background before making an offer. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers several resources for employers to check the background of driver applicants for past violations and a history of quickly moving from one motor carrier to the next.

Besides a clean background, qualities of a good driver applicant include:

  • Current commercial driver’s license (CDL)
  • Ability to troubleshoot and perform basic repairs and maintenance on commercial vehicles
  • Ability to follow traffic rules and learn complex on-the-job information quickly
  • Ability to use route planning tools well
  • Strong time management, customer service, and professional communication skills

While these are just some of the many qualifications of an excellent commercial driver, the list gives you a place to start the next time you need to hire new help.

Get truck insurance quotes quickly.

Investigating various insurance policies and carrying enough coverage to financially protect yourself and others is just one part of being a responsible commercial driver. You can get started with your truck insurance quotes by filling out our online form, giving us a call, or messaging us on LiveChat.

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Brake Safety Inspection Week Blitz is September 15 to 21

Brake Safety Inspection Week

Every year since 1998, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has sponsored Brake Safety Inspection week in September. This year’s event, which takes place between Sunday, September 15 and Saturday, September 21, will feature random roadside inspections on commercial vehicles located throughout North America. The CVSA works in close association with law enforcement officials to conduct approximately 30,000 surprise inspections each year during Brake Safety Inspection Week.

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What is the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program?

Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently working in partnership with the United States military to recruit 18 to 20-year-old commercial drivers. The Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program will run for three years. During this timeframe, program recruits will have the legal authority to operate commercial vehicles interstate.

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Alabama to allow 18 to 21-year-olds to drive CMVs intrastate

18 to 21-year-olds will be allowed to drive CMVs intrastate in Alabama.

On May 15, 2019, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would lower the age a driver can apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for intrastate truck driving from 21 to 18. The Senate passed the bill 24-0 while the House voted 96-1 in favor of passage. Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign the bill with an effective date of February 17, 2020. Hawaii is now the only state that imposes a minimum age of 21 to obtain an intrastate CDL.

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