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,…

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…

DOT-drug-testing

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…

DQ-File-Checklist

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…

CSA-Score

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…