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Rule to require e-logs pushed back: Here’s latest projected date

Posted September 28, 2015 by Erin

A Final Rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices has been delayed a month, according to a report released this week by the Department of Transportation. The rule is now forecasted to be published Oct. 30.

The rule will take effect two years following its publication, the date by which fleets, owner-operators and drivers must be using electronic logging devices that satisfy the rule’s requirements.

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Top 10 States for hours-of-service violations

Posted September 9, 2015 by Erin


As a primer for some more in-depth reporting on FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program set to be published later this month, here’s a look at the 10 states with the most hours-of-service violations:




Federal Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs for Truck Drivers

Posted May 26, 2015 by Administrator

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) require drug and alcohol testing for people with a commercial driver’s license that meet certain criteria. The drug and alcohol testing rules include specific instructions for testing, frequency of tests and the substances for which drivers will be tested.

Who needs to be tested? Here are the rules for who must be tested:man and truck

  • Anyone employing CDL drivers to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) on public roads
  • CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads
  • Interstate motor carriers
  • Intrastate motor carriers
  • Federal, State, and local governments
  • Civic organizations (disabled veteran transport, boy/girl scouts, etc.)
  • Faith-based organizations

If you are a CDL driver you are encouraged to educate yourself with information on drug and alcohol testing programs. While it is your employer’s responsibility to provide you with this type of information, ultimately it is your responsibility to be in compliance with the law. Here are some excellent resources for learning more about the rules as they relate to drug and alcohol testing, types of test required and your rights, responsibilities and requirements. Resources for CDL Driver Drug & Alcohol Testing

If you are an employer of CDL drivers, it is your responsibility to implement and conduct drug and alcohol testing programs. Here are resources designed for employers regarding DOT drug & alcohol testing programs.

If you are a service agent that administers drug and alcohol tests you can find general information and resources here. Service Agent Resources for CDL Driver Drug & Alcohol Testing

Are you a supervisor of someone who has a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and operates a commercial vehicle? Have you ever received a notice stating your company is out of compliance with DOT drug & alcohol testing regulations? Be sure to read the U.S. Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Supervisor Training Guide here.

Anyone who is a commercial driver has an extremely important responsibility to the public; it is vital that they not let their performance be compromised by drugs or alcohol. Ensuring that transportation employees are drug and alcohol free is an important safety issue. Everyone involved needs to do their part to comply with the rules and procedures required to continue to reduce the number of crashes and accidents linked to drug and alcohol use by those in the transportation industry.

Transportation Rules and Regulations: Distracted Driving

Posted January 21, 2015 by Administrator

Most trucking company owners are aware of the fact that distracted drivers can result in a high frequency of accidents and subsequent claims. So how can employers combat this?

Workshops and seminars are a quick and effective path to success. Focus on the following:freight transportation by truck

  • shutterstock_121178299Using handheld devices is against the law
  • Drivers should not attempt to make or accept calls while driving
  • They should not be texting either
  • If a call or text is urgent then pull over to the side of the road first
  • Use voicemail services to indicate to the caller that you are driving
  • Installing GPS Smartphones, mp3 players etc. can be distracting
  • Employ disciplinary action for those staff who do not abide by the rules
  • Employ and install hands-free capability on all devices owned by the company
  • Limit consumption of food and drink while driving
  • Ensure the proper working order of the vehicle before departing

It’s important for higher management to get their staff to understand the significant impact of distracted driving and the substantial fines and penalties associated with said behavior.

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