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…

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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…

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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…

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Semi truck driving on winter road with text reading "Tips to Overcome the Truck Driver Shortage"

America is facing a shortage of truck drivers. This shortage of drivers in the trucking industry is causing retailers to delay shipments of nonessential items or to pay higher prices to ensure their goods are delivered on schedule. A large number of goods in America are moved throughout the country by truck. As the demand…

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Semi truck driving on highway with sunset behind it and text reading "What to do if you fail your DOT Physical Exam"

DOT physicals are a common aspect of the trucking industry. Before initial operation, and every two years thereafter, drivers are required to have a DOT-certified physician perform a physical examination to ensure that they are fit to operate under DOT and FMCSA regulations. But what happens if you fail this exam, and a doctor finds…

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Driver shortages. High turnover rates. These issues are making it increasingly difficult for carriers to hire and maintain drivers. Many companies find themselves in a constant time-consuming and expensive hiring cycle to keep their vehicles on the road.  Companies have approached this issue by raising their pay and / or offering sign-on bonuses. This may…

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In order to maintain compliance with Regulation Part 391, there are several key items in your Driver Qualification file that must be regularly maintained and updated during each driver’s tenure with your company. Medical Certificates Before operating a CMV, all drivers must submit to a medical evaluation by a DOT-certified physician. Drivers are also expected…

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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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Over 60,000 vehicles were pulled to the side of the road and inspected throughout North America last June. Of that number, almost 30% were put out of service! That is almost triple what it was just a few years ago. Even worse, over a third of these could have been prevented with a simple Motor…

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There are many steps that go into the creation and maintenance of DOT driver qualification files. And if the FMCSA violation data is any indicator, it’s a process that many carriers are struggling with in the course of their operation. Here are 4 of the most common Driver Qualification violations – and the steps you…

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The chances are high that at one time or another during your trucking career, you’ll pull your rig into a weight station and be flagged down by the resident inspector. They’ll ask you to pull off to the side of the road, and their judgment can make or break you as a driver. These events…

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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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