Impact of the New DOT Drug Testing Panel

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The Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling on new DOT panels which will go into effect on January 1, 2018. These revisions now complement DOT testing regulations with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines that were revised earlier this year. In response to the current opioid crisis, the DOT drug testing program will now include testing for expanded opiates. Read more here!

Facts and Fiction: Understanding the Electronic Logging Device Requirement

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Implementation of the FMCSA’s electronic logging device (ELD) requirement is only a few weeks away. On December 18, 2017, all drivers that currently maintain paper logs will be required to use an ELD for hours of service (HOS) compliance.

Before the deadline, both motor carriers and professional drivers will need to ensure their operations are prepared for the ELD rule requirements.

The Future of CSA Scores

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What the National Academies of Sciences CSA Recommendations Will Mean

The ability of the CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scoring system to accurately portray the crash risk of each individual motor carrier is still in question, which has become of paramount importance to the trucking industry as more and more people — bankers, insurers, shippers, plaintiff’s attorneys, to name a few — are looking to CSA as the final word on the safety of the fleet.

Entry Level Driver Training – A Long Time Coming

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published new rules on December 8, 2016 that require entry-level drivers to complete special training designed to ensure that they are competent and prepared to maneuver an 80,000 lb commercial motor vehicle safely before they can take their skills test to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

These new training requirements will change the way motor carriers qualify inexperienced drivers, how insurers rate these drivers and how many new drivers enter the transportation industry.