February 21, 2024
February 21, 2024
According to High Phishing Alert from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an email is being sent to registered entities by someone pretending to be FMCSA and notifying that you need to schedule a safety audit.
February 8, 2024
As Valentine's Day approaches, fleet managers have a unique opportunity to show appreciation and "love" to their drivers. Recognizing the hard work and dedication of drivers not only boosts morale but also fosters a positive work environment. Here are some tips for fleet managers to show love to their drivers.
January 23, 2024
Setting up your USDOT number and operating authority (both interstate and intrastate in many cases) is only the beginning when starting a trucking company. Once those are in place, the next phase of licensing, registration, and permitting begins.
January 4, 2024
Conditions can change quickly, so being prepared for what Mother Nature throws at us can make the difference when it comes to safe travel. The following are ten guidelines drivers should follow when on the road during hazardous winter weather.
January 3, 2024
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced delays in the reporting requirements for two of their programs, the Clean Truck Check and Advanced Clean Fleet programs.
November 22, 2023
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has officially announced that vehicles subject to the Heavy-Duty Inspection and Maintenance regulation (HD I/M regulation), now called the Clean Truck Check regulation, must report their vehicles to CARB and pay the 2024 annual compliance fee by December 31, 2023.
November 14, 2023
Qualifying for a lower fee category under the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program can result in significant savings. However, it may also wave a yellow flag for auditors, so it’s important to get it right. With enrollment now open for 2024, now’s the time to check your numbers.
October 18, 2023
Becoming a new carrier is not as simple as requesting a USDOT number and beginning operations. There is well defined process that must be followed. The necessary steps are aptly named by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as “The New Entrant Process.” To be successful through the process the new carrier must demonstrate compliance and pass a final exam in the form of an audit.
October 12, 2023
The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board noted at a meeting in 2022 that carriers from “non-participating states” are the source of many UCR violations. Even if your company is based in a non-participating state, you may still need to register under the program.
September 18, 2023
Getting a trucking operation up and running is complicated enough. Trying to discern which requirements do not apply to your operation can make it even more confusing. One example: Unified Carrier Registration (UCR).
August 24, 2023
August 5, 2022
On June 30, 2022, the California Trucking Association (CTA) was denied its request to have the U.S. Supreme Court hear its case about the state’s AB 5 contractor law and the residual impact that this law has on motor carriers and independent commercial drivers.
May 12, 2022
The International Registration Plan (IRP) requires that you provide a physical address for your established place of business. This means that you own, lease, or rent a physical structure that is designated by a street name or road. Jurisdictions require proof of this before they can set up an IRP account for your operations.
March 22, 2022
All CMVs must be legally registered so states can be compensated to maintain the highway infrastructure those vehicles operate on. Registration can mean a state base plate, a restricted plate or an International Registration Plan (IRP)-apportioned plate.
January 28, 2022
CSA which stands for Compliance Safety Accountability, is a driver in carrier monitoring an evaluation system that's designed to identify and intervene with drivers and carriers who are not in compliance with safety regulations.
November 17, 2021
Motor carrier insurance is designed to spread the financial risk across many carriers. If the weight fell only to carriers that had an accident, often those affected by the resulting damage awards could not continue to operate.
October 18, 2021
In this article we’ll discuss the steps to obtain DOT authority. Before we do though, let’s define what “having ‘authority’ means.” To some, having or getting authority means to obtain an interstate USDOT number. That’s not necessarily incorrect.
July 28, 2021
There are several reasons a carrier or individual may need to “reactivate” their USDOT number. Often, the reason is tied to the reason the number was deactivated in the first place.
July 15, 2021
A private intrastate company with a large box truck receives a plea to move some items for a related company across the state line. This is no freebie; the move will pay handsomely and the truck can be made available. “Should be no problem,” states the owner, “I just need to get some permits for the move.” Simple enough, or is it? Making some calls, the owner finds several problems that will likely cause the potential revenue opportunity to evaporate like a puddle in the summer heat.
June 23, 2021
Roadside inspections are not the most enjoyable times for drivers. Drivers may view the process as a waste of their day and a few drivers see it as an intrusion of their privacy. During a normal year, there are over 3.5 million roadside inspections conducted in the United States.
May 13, 2021
Have you recently received a letter from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stating that "Immediate Action" is required because your delegation process agent is no longer valid?
April 14, 2021
Carriers that conduct trade, traffic, or transportation exclusively in their business's home state are considered intrastate carriers. Intrastate carriers are prohibited from engaging in interstate transportation within the borders of their own state.
March 11, 2021
Before the conversation of who needs a process agent, the term itself needs to be defined. The agent for service of process is the carrier's "statutory agent." An agent needs to be located in each state the carrier operates in. The agent functions as a conduit between the legal systems and the entity.
February 19, 2021
Since the end of 2015, the MCS-150 form is used to update a company's registration with the FMCSA. Prior to this date, it was also used to obtain a new USDOT number. This form's designation itself doesn't mean much. The "MCS" stands for "motor carrier services" and the 150 is simply a designation.
January 18, 2021
New carriers are monitored closely for safety and compliance. New entrant carriers are monitored for 18 months. Every carrier that obtains a new interstate USDOT number will undergo a safety audit. Safety audits are not the only way to come under the watchful eyes of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Having "authority" is often thought of as having a USDOT number, but it's more than that. Interstate authority is the ability to move property or people that belong to somebody else for compensation.
Applying for a USDOT can be intimidating. It is essentially raising your hand and saying, "I need to be regulated." If printed, the form to apply for a new USDOT number is over 30 pages broken into 12 sections covering over 60 data entry areas. The complexity causes much confusion, below are five considerations.
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Some think of authority as having a USDOT number, but it's more than that, in interstate transportation it is the ability to move product or property that belongs to someone else for compensation. Having authority is often referred to as having an MC Number.