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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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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…

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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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Starting a Trucking Business

The trucking industry plays a vital role in the U.S. economy. Across North America, thousands of companies operate on a local, regional, national and international scale, transporting goods across county, state, country and province lines. Starting a successful trucking company requires an understanding of trucks, routes, transport laws and industry patrons. Not sure if you…

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