Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Program   The UCR program is a federally-mandated system for registering companies involved in interstate or international commerce. The agreement requires any motor carrier, broker or freight forwarder to register annually. It is essentially a state revenue program but has been established under federal law. The plan has been set in…

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What is an Electronic Logging Device? Electronic Logging Devices, or ELD’s as they are commonly called, are an electronic version of paper logs to manage records of duty status data and hours of service. ELD’s are intended to make it easier and faster to manage and share data by synchronizing with a vehicle’s engine to…

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Operating A Commercial Motor Vehicle Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of physical abilities, knowledge, experience and skills. In order to operate certain CMV’s a driver would need to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL).  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed and issued standards for State testing and…

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 What is a Medical Certificate? Medical certificates are issued by a certified medical examiner that will evaluate a driver to detect; physical, mental, or organic conditions that will affect the ability of the driver to operate safely.  Contact Our Team of Compliance Experts Call Us for a Free Consultation Buy Driver Qualification File Assistance Who…

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Roadcheck 2020 September 9th-11th In a previous blog we touched on some of the last year’s stats for drivers and truck inspection points that put trucking companies out-of-service. With Roadcheck 2020 here now, please review the below information to make sure all of your bases are covered. Contact Our Team of Compliance Experts Call Us…

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Find Out if You’re Affected and How to Comply The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised hours-of-service regulations for motor carriers in an effort to provide greater flexibility to drivers and employers. Hours-of-service (HOS) regulations are in place to ensure that drivers of commercial motor vehicles are not compromising the safety of themselves…

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Semi truck driving into the sunset with text reading "Are You Ready For Road Check 2020?"

Make sure you are prepared for this year’s Roadcheck! The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will be holding their annual 72-hour enforcement event, Roadcheck 2020, September 9th through September 11th. Whether you’re a veteran motor carrier, or brand new to the new industry, the following information could help save you from violations that could result…

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The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Centure (MAP-21) highway bill of 2012, effective January 6, 2020, requires registration by drivers, employees, consortium / third-party administrators, and medical review officers and substance abuse professionals. To help you assure that you as an employer remain in compliance, we…

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Safety Review Audits

The safety review audit is an important part of the trucking industry for several reasons, and it is nothing to fear. Being prepared, though, will ensure you make it through the examination with little trouble. Part of the preparation you need will be an understanding of about how the audit is conducted, what is required…

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Prep for Trucking DOT Audit

Knowing that you are about to face a federal Department of Transportation (DOT) audit on your commercial motor vehicle (CMV) business is always alarming. Even if you’ve been maintaining your records and following all the rules and regulations required, it’s human nature to feel wary and nervous beforehand. Since DOT gives very little notice of…

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What Is a USDOT Number

A Department of Transportation (DOT) number is a number the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, assigns to registered commercial vehicles. All carrier vehicles that weigh more than a certain amount, carry specific amounts of paying passengers or operate between state lines require DOT numbers. In most U.S. states, local DOT requirements also apply. The legal requirements pertaining…

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