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…

International Roadcheck 2015

What is International Roadcheck 2015? Since 1988 federal inspectors across North America have teamed up for the annual CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) 72-hour safety blitz every summer.  This year the event runs from June 2nd through the 5th.  During this period on average 17 vehicles will be inspected every minute for 72 straight hours.   With most inspections being level 1 inspections on both vehicle and driver. Are your drivers…

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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DOT Drug Testing

Why conduct DOT drug testing? It’s the law.  Driving a commercial vehicle requires skill and attention on behalf of the operator.  Studies have proven that drug and alcohol use can inhibit the ability of a person to safely operating a motor vehicle. The US DOT has created numerous regulations to prevent drivers from using drugs and alcohol in order to protect their passengers and the motoring public.  As a motor carrier…

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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…