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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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…

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…

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…