How often does the SMS update?

How often does the SMS update?

The Safety Measurement System (SMS), a program operated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), gathers information about commercial drivers to prioritize those who require a safety intervention. Drivers chosen for intervention will first receive a letter explaining the reasons along with any specific actions the agency plans to take. The goal is to correct unsafe driving behaviors as early as possible or get certain drivers off the road if necessary.

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Clearinghouse registration has now opened

Clearinghouse registration

On January 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will release an online database called the Clearinghouse that provides real-time information about driver drug and alcohol violations. Those who can access the data include the FMCSA, employers, state driver license agencies (SDLA), and state law enforcement personnel. We’ll go over what you should know about Clearinghouse registration.

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Are seatbelts required in commercial motor vehicles?

FMCSA regulations about seatbelts

As a commercial driver, you do your best to keep yourself and others safe every day. One thing you may wonder about as you consider safety in your commercial vehicle is whether the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires these vehicles to have working seatbelts. The short answer to this question is yes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), under the guidance of the DOT, requires seatbelt installation under Section 49 CFR 393.93 of its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).

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Can certain medications disqualify a CMV driver?

Can certain medications disqualify a CMV driver?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) bears the responsibility of protecting Americans by making the roads safer. As part of its commitment to the public, the FMCSA requires drivers to undergo and pass medical certification once every two years. Drivers with certain health conditions such as diabetes will need more frequent exams. Testing for compliance with the FMCSA’s drug and alcohol policy is part of this exam. The medical examiner will deem drivers whose test results indicate the use of certain substances as medically unqualified to drive a commercial vehicle. There are rules about medications for CMV drivers.

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What is the trucking PRISM system?

Trucking PRISM system

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented the Performance and Registration Information System Management (PRISM) to reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, and injuries caused by or involving commercial drivers. The primary goal of PRISM is to empower state law enforcement agencies to identify motor carriers with significant safety violations on their driving record. Upon doing so, local law enforcement officials can encourage commercial drivers to take accountability for their actions through sanctions and registration.

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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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How do I request a trucking medical exemption or waiver?

How can you get a medical exemption?

As part of its commitment to keep America’s roadways safe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers to submit to regular physical exams. Those with a known condition such as diabetes or vision problems that could impact safety must carry a medical card from the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT operates an exemption program for drivers who typically drive interstate, which means they travel outside of their state of origin and potentially out of the country.

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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 to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by commercial drivers. It employs approximately 1,000 people and maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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