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.

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DOT Responds to Recently Passed Marijuana Laws

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued a Notice clarifying that state initiatives have no bearing on the DOT regulated drug testing program. This notice emphasized that “marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act” and that it “remains unacceptable for any safety-sensitive employee subject to drug testing under […]