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Understanding the DOT Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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 have outlined a few of the requirements of the DOT Clearinghouse. Reporting Employers and…

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Guide to Safety Review Audits for Trucking Companies

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 and how to prepare for it beyond educating yourself on the process. You cannot…

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Preparing for a Trucking DOT Audit

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 an upcoming audit, it’s perfectly natural to feel anxious. However, DOT conducts audits on…

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What Is a DOT Number & Why Do You Need it?

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 to USDOT registration are nuanced and often confusing for upstart carriers. As such, the…

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