In 1980, the federal government passed legislation called the Federal Motor Carrier Act that required motor carriers to show proof of financial responsibility to cover claims initiated by third parties. The purpose of the law was to protect individuals from financial loss when involved in an accident with a motor carrier that did not have enough liquid assets to pay personal injury, property damage, and other claims. The act requires all motor carriers to demonstrate proof of the ability to pay up to a statutory minimum.
Are you a delivery truck driver? Do you deliver packages for Amazon or Walmart? If so, then it is important to make sure you have the right insurance coverage. Your personal automobile policy will not provide adequate coverage if you do delivery on the side. You are at risk of a great loss if your delivery vehicle is not properly insured. So, what kind of insurance coverage do delivery drivers need? Here is a guide.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) keeps driver safety records contained within a program it calls the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The data contains the safety record of each individual commercial driver, industry service provider, and carrier. Anyone with the proper credentials can access the MCMIS website 24 hours a day. This federal program is separate from driver data kept by individual states. Most state governments refer to driver data as a motor vehicle record (MVR). We’re going to explain a bit about the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a Department of Transportation (DOT) number for trucks and other carrier vehicles that meet certain criteria. These typically pertain to weight, whether the vehicle carries paying customers, and whether the carrier vehicle routinely crosses state lines. In addition to the federal regulations, 37 of the 50 states require a DOT number. (The FMCSA has a list of the states that require a DOT Number.)
It can be confusing, especially as a new operator, to understand if the regulation pertains to you and whether you need to obtain a DOT number. We hope that the FMCSA regulations below will bring more clarity to this issue for you.
If you are a fleet owner, then you probably know that there is a truck driver shortage. You might try to solve this issue by lowering your hiring standards or using quick or aggressive recruitment strategies. However, this strategy will likely lead to poor driver retention.
Recruiting and keeping good truck drivers is difficult for most fleet owners. There is currently a shortage of qualified truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Organization, the trucking industry needs to hire at least one million truck drivers over the next decade to meet the current demand
So, how can you recruit and keep talented and safe truck drivers? Here are some of the best tips and tricks for finding new truckers and reducing turnover.
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is coming up. The second week of September (Sept. 9th-15th) is set aside as a special time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 3.5 million professional truck drivers around the country.
Being a truck driver isn’t easy. The job is demanding, and the long hours on the road can get tough when you’re away from home on your own. To help you out if you’re feeling a bit blue, check out these 24 inspirational quotes from inspirational people. We’ve made a list of some nuggets of wisdom, motivation, and inspiration.
We don’t have to tell you that truckers spend a lot of hours on the road. The routine of driving and listening to the radio or music might be getting tired – sometimes our brains get bored if they listen to the same type of media for hours on end. So why not try something new to keep you entertained as you drive? Podcasts are a great source of entertainment that you can enjoy behind the wheel. They’re informative, thought-provoking, and, we admit, somewhat addicting. (But at least they might help you prevent driver fatigue!) If you’ve never tried a podcast before, we definitely recommend it to change up your routine a little. Check out these ten podcasts for truckers.
A conversation that comes up a lot in the trucking world is the fact that there is a major shortage of truck drivers in the United States. There are many potential solutions – hiring millennials as truck drivers, offering higher wages, providing better benefits or perks. Some point out that only 6% of truck drivers are women and suggest that if companies were able to hire more women in trucking, it could help alleviate the shortage.