Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Distracted Driving

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Distracted Driving Statistics There are three types of distracted driving a driver can face while operating his or her vehicle—visual, manual, cognitive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these three types of distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone. This is one of the reasons why Truck Writers’ 2017 blog series is […]

Top Questions: When and How to Use DataQs

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Have you received a wrongful out-of-service violation? How about an incorrectly assigned crash? If so, DataQs is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) online system where you can request a review of FMCSA-issued data. Getting Started with DataQs First, it is important to know that DataQs is an online portal. The portal recognizes four levels of […]

Final Rule: Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule on December 5, 2016. The final rule was mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It seeks to improve safety by identifying CMV drivers who have committed drug and alcohol violations that render them ineligible […]

USDOT Numbers: What You Need to Know

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Along with the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Unified Registration System (URS) has come a change to the way the FMCSA monitors trucking companies. In the past, trucking companies needed a variation of USDOT, MC, MX and FF numbers. With the new URS, trucking companies will only be required to have a USDOT […]

Public Views on Minimum Insurance Requirements for Truck Drivers Wanted

Should the U.S. raise the minimum mandatory commercial truck insurance coverage levels? There are proponents on both side of this issue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a public poll on the minimum financial responsibility for motor carriers in December 2014. FMCSA is seeking public comments on these topics. The public investigation is […]

New FMCSA Beyond Compliance Initiative – Now Open to Public Comment

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a request for public comment on its exploratory initiative to find ways to reward carriers who deploy safety technologies or implement safety programs that exceed regulatory requirements. In an April 23 Federal Register posting, FMCSA asked stakeholders to answer specific questions and offer any supporting data the […]