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Trucking Compliance Laws and Regulations

As a trucking contractor or business owner, the last thing you want is to be penalized for not complying with the Department of Transportation…

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DOT Safety Compliance Services for Trucking Companies

The Department of Transportation compiles a checklist that all trucking companies must conform to. This includes items such as ensuring the driver carries certain…

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Contact US Compliance for Trucking Compliance Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us today.  One of our compliance experts will help to ensure that you…

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Trucking Compliance FAQ

Taken directly from the FMCSA, we think they answer some of their own questions best below: New Entrant Safety Assurance Program Overview New Entrant…

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What You Need To Know About Commercial Driver’s Licenses

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 licensing of CDL holders. Drivers are required to obtain and hold a CDL…

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Carrying a Medical Certificate for Truckers

  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.    Who Needs a Medical Certificate?   Commercial motor vehicle operators are critical to maintaining highway safety and have a huge responsibility to their companies, themselves and the general public….

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Double Check For Roadcheck 2020

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.   Is your company Up-To-Date?   Inspectors will be looking into many different aspects pertaining to your commercial motor vehicle operations….

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FMCSA Hours-Of-Service Regulations Revision Explained

  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 and others on the road.    While new regulations were announced in…

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Are you ready for Roadcheck 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 in your company being put out of service.   During this 3-day event,…

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Tips to Overcome the Truck Driver Shortage

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 for goods increases, the demand for drivers has also been rising — yet the supply of truck…

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What You Need to Do if You Fail Your DOT Physical

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 what they believe is an issue and deems you unfit to operate a CMV?…

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Understanding Reasonable Suspicion Testing for Trucking Fleets

Would you be able to recognize the signs if one of your drivers showed up to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol? The answer should be “yes” according to the FMCSA. In fact, if you supervise at least one driver for a company that operates CDL vehicles on public roads, you are required to take a training course to ascertain that you can easily identify symptoms of…

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Check Out This Tip for Hiring and Keeping Quality Drivers for Trucking

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 be attractive to drivers, but it’s not always enough to keep quality driving employees…

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List of Drugs that Will Disqualify You from Operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle

Use of medication by CDL operators brings up understandable concerns as to whether or not certain drugs will disqualify a driver from operating a CMV. In some instances, the answer is straightforward. There are certain drugs (both legal and illegal) that drivers are prohibited from taking. In other instances, it depends on the professional opinion(s) of the prescribing doctor and the DOT medical examiner. The DOT Drug Testing Panel…

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Understanding Post-Accident Testing Procedures for Trucking Companies

As a carrier, you hope that you will never come across a situation where you driver has been in an accident. Nevertheless, it is important to be prepared should that unfortunate situation ever arise. While there are probably many concerns that you will have in the event an accident ever does occur, one concern that does need to be prioritized is whether your driver will require a post-accident drug…

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How to Maintain Compliant Trucking Driver Files

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 to have an evaluation every 24 months (or as often as deemed necessary by…

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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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Top Roadside Inspection Driver Violations for Truckers

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 Vehicle Report check from the carrier. In the United States, carriers are legally required…

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Most Common Driver Qualification Violations for Truckers

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 can take to avoid them.   #1: Unqualified/Physically Unfit Driver The DOT has certain…

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Guide to Roadside Inspection for Truck Drivers

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 can be nerve-wracking, but they’re part of driving a truck in the United States….

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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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US Compliance Services Receives 2018 Boise Award

Top Panel Award Plaque 2018

We are excited to announce that US Compliance Services won an award for the 2018 Boise Award in the Trucking Compliance Company category by the Boise Award Program..  Below, you will find that we have copied and pasted the press release that the Boise Award Program posted on their website found here: https://boiseid.rivate.org/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=BAU-BN44-ACC. ENJOY 🙂 “US Compliance Services Receives 2018 Boise Award Boise Award Program Honors the Achievement BOISE October…

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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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