Services of Steve Talkington Consulting

Improving Your Company's DOT Compliance With DOT/FMCSA.

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.

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.

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is becoming more familiar to most, but we are seeing some companies that have not yet registered their company in the Clearinghouse. Remember that every company that employees CDL drivers must be registered in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. 

DOT Audits

If you receive a letter from the US Department of Transportation that you are scheduled for a safety audit or compliance review, do you know what documents or records that you should submit? Are you confident about your compliance with the regulations? How can you make sure that you pass the audit? That is where we come in.

A compliance analysis is where Steve Talkington Consulting comes into your company and performs a mini audit. During the mini audit Steve Talkington Consulting will look at all areas of compliance but not at the same volume as a full Mock Audit . Steve Talkington Consulting would take only a few driver qualification files...

Our team will perform a Level I inspection on your fleet. We provide a complete PER VEHICLE written report of defects, and present recommendations to address issues. The Department of Transportation, FMCSA requires that the motor carrier have an annual inspection on it’s fleet at least once a year.

DOT Training

It is important for a company to have a strong driver policy saying the exact duties a driver is expected to perform. In addition to a strong policy, a company should conduct a driver orientation when hiring new drivers.

New entry level driver training is required if a driver has less that one year of driving experience. The training involves educating the new driver on the WhistleBlower Protection Act, Hours of Service, Driver wellness, and Driver Qualification.

At Steve Talkington Consulting we offer onsite training. We can come to your business and train the people that deal with the federal regulations . We can train a staff member how to be compliant and how to remain compliant.