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.

Are You Operating Under the DOT Radar?

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What’s the definition of a commercial motor vehicle according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?

You may be surprised to learn that private or for-hire vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 or more are considered a commercial motor vehicle for purposes of most of the Department of Transportation (DOT) safety regulations under FMCSA §382.107.

While a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and drug and alcohol testing is not required to operate this size of vehicle, companies are required to obtain a DOT number.


FMCSA Extends Medical Card Requirement for One Year

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended — until January 30, 2015 — the requirement that interstate commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders retain paper copies of their medical examiner’s certificate when operating a commercial motor vehicle. They also must make the document available for review upon request at the roadside by federal and state […]


Deadline Fast Approaching – CDL Holders Must Self-Certify their Driving Status

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All Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders must self-certify their driving status and provide their State Driver’s Licensing Agency (SDLA) with a copy of their current medical examiner’s certificate (med card) no later than January 30, 2014. Drivers that don’t self-certify within this timeframe will have their commercial driving privileges downgraded or suspended depending on the […]


2014 Initiatives that Impact Transportation Background Screening

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There are a number of new legislative and regulatory changes on the horizon for driver qualifications requirements in 2014. These initiatives are the beginning stages in developing a groundwork for a more robust and comprehensive reporting infrastructure at the state and federal level. Medical Certifications on MVRs By the end of January 2014, all commercial […]


3 Ways Firms are Taking On the Trucker Shortage

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The trucker shortage has been a source of constant concern on the lips of recruiters and investors. While floating below the catastrophic 400,000 trucker shortage that analysts predicted coming into 2010, the shortage is expected to rise well above 200,000 and beyond in the coming months. Due to rising turnover rates between firms big and […]