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

Drivers of commercial vehicles need to get a medical certificate.

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 determine whether you need it.

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Until I get my own operating authority, can I lease my services to a for-hire carrier with operating rights?

If you don't have an operating authority, you could work for a for-hire carrier.

One common question from truckers who have not yet obtained their operating authority (MC number) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is whether they can still lease their services to a for-hire carrier that has operating rights. According to Section 376.11, the answer is yes as long as the trucker meets all FMCSA requirements.

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What hazardous materials require a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces a program known as Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP). The purpose is to increase safety for the driving public and commercial truck drivers. The FMCSA maintains a database outlining the types of materials that require truckers to obtain a permit before they can transport them. We include this information below.

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What is a trucking company’s CSP (Company Safety Profile)?

A CSP contains crash information about a motor carrier.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the federal Department of Transportation (DOT), retains safety information for every commercial carrier that drives on public roads. It also keeps a safety record for every trucking company or independent owner-operator. Although it stores several types of documents, the Company Safety Profile (CSP) is by far the most comprehensive.

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Important things to know about drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers

As a truck driver, it's important to be aware of drug and alcohol testing requirements.

There are many protocols and procedures in place that can help to assure the safety of commercial drivers and all other people on the road. One of those categories of procedures involves drug and alcohol testing. Here is what you need to know about that type of testing for commercial drivers.

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4 common reasons for truck accidents

These are four common reasons for truck accidents.

Truck drivers go through extensive training in order to do their jobs. Getting a CDL and operating a big rig isn’t easy. Of course, truck drivers get paid to, well, drive, so they put a lot of time and effort into getting trained to drive such a large vehicle. But even the most experienced, well-trained truck driver can be involved in an accident. When truck accidents happen, it’s important to look at the cause. According to the FMCSA, the major pre-crash event that led to 73% of fatal large truck accidents was another vehicle, person, object, or animal either in the truck driver’s lane or drifting into it.

So, clearly, not all accidents involving trucks are the fault of the truck driver, and accidents are caused by many more factors than just those listed below. And some accidents can be caused by factors completely out of the control of the truck driver, such as the actions of the driver of the other vehicle. However, understanding these four causes of truck accidents can help you train your team and ensure you take steps to protect the public, your organization, and your financial standing.

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What is the MCS90 Endorsement for truck insurance?

The MCS90 might seem a little complicated.

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.

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What kind of insurance do delivery drivers need?

Delivery drivers need to make sure they have the right insurance coverages.

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.

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What is the FMCSA’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP)?

The FMCSA has a Pre-Employment Screening Program.

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.

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