Improving Your Company's Compliance With DOT/FMCSA.
What is DOT Compliance?
Driver qualification and driver qualifications files are very important to the overall DOT compliance of a company. The regulations that deal with driver qualification are found in 49 CFR Part 391. Part 391 lays out what qualifies a driver to be able to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) or better yet what will get a driver disqualified from driving a CMV.
Hours of service also know as HOS or records of duty status (RODS). Can be a logbook, an ELD, a phone App, or time records. There are many exceptions to the HOS rules found in part 395.1. The exception that is most widely used is the “Short Haul Exception” or “Short Haul Exemption”, It is often misunderstood.
A driver must know how to complete a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) and a company needs to know the importance of these inspections. A company must also perform routine scheduled maintenance and know when the next service is due at all times. A company needs to have maintenance and repair records and the federal annual inspection on each vehicle in its fleet.
Reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing is one of the 6 types of drug tests that exist in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). In order to send someone to a testing facility under reasonable suspicion a person at the motor carrier needs to be certified to do so. The certification is laid out in the FMCSRs and states that persons needs to have one hour training in alcohol recognition training and one hour in drug recognition training. The training consist of what is reasonable suspicion, what does alcohol and drug abuse do to drivers.
Motor carriers are required to have a drug and alcohol policy, as well as educational materials to raise awareness on the risks of addictive substances for their drivers. We can customize a drug and alcohol policy or educational materials for your drivers.