CDL drivers completing an application for employment must provide 10 years of employment history while non CDL drivers must provide 3 years of employment history. All employment history must include driving and non-driving positions for the required employment reporting period.
CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Portal
The FMCSA CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse portal is now accepting registrations. Motor carriers employing CDL drivers will need an account to perform the required investigations of drivers via the clearinghouse, and CDL drivers may need an account depending on the type of query. Carriers must be registered by January 6, 2020. Register by going to the clearing house portal @ https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Register
Proof Of Financial Responsibility
All motor carriers (except private non haz mat carriers) must have an MCS-90 on file in their office as proof of financial responsibility.
Maintaining A USDOT Compliant Accident Register
For the purpose of maintaining a USDOT compliant accident register, a DOT recordable accident is defined as an occurrence involving a commercial motor vehicle operating on a public road which results in at least one of the following:
Proposed Hours Of Service Revisions Released
The proposed changes to the hours-of-service regulations are:
Electronic Logging Device Requirements
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration denied an application for an exemption from the electronic logging device requirements for motor carriers with fewer than 50 employees. At this point, all carriers, regardless of size, will be required to use ELDs unless they fall under a previously issued exemption.
New Driver Background Checks
When conducting a new driver Safety Performance History Records Request (background check) be sure to contact all DOT Regulated Employers that employed the driver applicant for the previous 3 years.
Awaiting Hours of Service Changes
The proposed Hours of Service changes have not yet been published in the Federal Register. We will be forwarding this information once it is made public.
Free Tool: Calculate Time For US DOT Number Bi-Annual Update
Federal Regulations mandate that all USDOT numbers must be updated every 2 years. To see when you must update your USDOT Number, click the link below:
Hours of Service Changes Are Coming
FMCSA has announced that updates to the hours of service regulations are to be published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2019. We will be reviewing these changes when they are published and will be advising you of them ASAP. Stay tuned!!
USDOT# Bi Annual Updates
Several of our customers report receiving a spam email notice regarding their USDOT# updates. These email notices are advising the carrier that their bi-annual (to be filed every 2 years) updates are due. When we checked the carriers USDOT# to see if a bi-annual update was due, in most cases they were not. If you receive one of these notices and want to verify if your update is due feel free to call us @ 1-877-722-8059 for a free verification. If you need to file a USDOT# bi-annual update, use the link below to access our USDOT# update service.
DOT Required Emergency Equipment for all commercial motor vehicles with a GVW or GVWR over 10,000 pounds
Warning Devices for stopped vehicles
Changes For Drivers Taking Insulin
FMCSA recently announced it will no longer require insulin-dependent truckers to acquire an exemption from the agency to operate in interstate commerce.
Rather, the agency will now allow a treating clinician who manages and prescribes insulin for the treatment of diabetes to decide if the driver meets the physical standards to drive a truck.
Supervisors Drug & Alcohol Reasonable Suspicion Training
All supervisors that are designated to supervise CDL drivers (operators of vehicles over 26000 pounds) must undergo a one-time 2-hour training requirement. The training must include at least 60 minutes of alcohol misuse training and 60 minutes of controlled substance use training, which will enable supervisors to recognize signs of drug and alcohol use.
Exemption: If you are an owner-operator employing only yourself as the only driver you are exempt from this requirement.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement please call us @ 1-877-722-8059. Do not assume that you are required to comply simply because you receive a notice via text or email from a training company.