Warning Low Ground Clearance

Warning Low Ground Clearance download as pdf here LowGroundClearance RAILROAD CROSSING AND AREAS OF HIGH-CENTERING   This week a motorcoach attempting to cross a low ground clearance railroad crossing was stuck on the railroad track and struck by a train resulting in at least 4 deaths and dozens more injured.  While the exact circumstances of this situation are unknown, it is an unfortunate reminder of the risks posed by low clearance…

ELD, is it time to buy yet?

There is currently a buzz word that you have undoubtedly heard if you are running buses, and that is ELD.  I have heard from many people telling me about the ELD options they are looking at, and wonder why.  Most limo companies won’t even need them. In broad terms, if your company operates vehicles placarded for 9+ people, at the airport, you need to maintain DOT hours of service records,…

UCR Registration

UCR Registration   Applying for a DOT number means opening up the floodgates to endless emails, and letters saying that you must pay this company this amount of money or risk losing your operating authority.  It’s unfortunate but 99% of these are complete scams, and you really should throw them away.  However, every once in awhile one will come through that you should pay attention to.  The annual UCR registration…

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Implementation of e-Logs

e-Logs Industry experts are predicting a legal mandate to be released this year that will require all FMCSA regulated companies to transition to ELDs (electronic logging devices) within the next two years.  While the rule has yet to be finalized, we believe transitioning to e-Logs now provides a more efficient and accurate method of verifying hours of service, and will allow a more fluid transition to ELDs.   This article…

Logs and Non-CDL drivers, What are the options?

Logs and Non-CDL Drivers If you’re reading this, I’ll assume your goal is to be safe and compliant.  One of the hardest areas for most of our industry clients is the implementation of hours of service tracking (LOGS), for non-CDL drivers who operate vans or limos.   Please do not use the 100 Air-Mile Exception without reading our FAQ Page.   As we’ve covered earlier, any driver operating a van…

Bus Maintenance

Bus Maintenance Plan Vehicle and bus maintenance is an ongoing part of any commercial fleet, but is even more demanding in the world of limo and bus providers. As one truck driver told me, “Freight don’t talk!” Ongoing fleet maintenance record keeping and repairs is a lengthy, complicated subject, so this post will only cover part 396 of FMCSA regulations. REQUIRED MAINTENANCE Systematic maintenance is required by 396.3. This means the motor carrier must…

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DQ File Checklist

DQ File Checklist For a printable DQ file checklist click here! Upon being audited one of the first things an inspector will want to see is a companies driver qualification (DQ) files. There is a good reason for this; it is typically the place where they can find the highest violation rate among carriers. Why is this, they tell you exactly what needs to go it these files so why…

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How the FMCSA Determines CSA Scores

CSA Scores The FMCSA utilizes a safety rating system to identify carriers needing intervention. By better understanding what goes into your CSA Score, you can reduce risk, costs, and your likelihood of a full compliance review. TERMS • FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The federal department charged with reducing the number of injuries and deaths associated with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). • CSA – Compliance, Safety, Accountability. The FMCSA’s current operational model. It…

Driver Vehicle Inspection Report

Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) What is a DVIR? A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is a record of inspection done on commercial motor vehicles in accordance with 396.11. This report is required for all passenger carrying commercial motor vehicles falling under the purview of the FMCSA. A recent exemption for the recording of satisfactory inspections does not apply to passenger carriers. When should an inspection be done? An inspection should…

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Do limo drivers need to be logging hours of service?

Hours of Service (HOS), or keeping a log book, is a simple concept with a set of complex regulations. The goal is to ensure only safe, well-rested drivers are on the road. From a business standpoint, one must maximize driver utilization while maintaining complete compliance and reducing liability. Who needs to comply with HOS regulations? The FMCSA states that HOS regulations apply to any driver who: • Is engaged in…