Your DOT Compliance Checklist

Your DOT Compliance Checklist

Part of running a trucking company is making sure that all the points in the DOT compliance checklist. If your business conducts state-to-state commerce, then it’s important to remember that the government requires you to comply with both the CDL and drug and alcohol checklists. Here’s a look at the major portions of each. DOT FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Compliance Checklist It’s important to make sure you’re following the DOT compliance checklist. Serious civil and criminal penalties may be applied to you or to any of your drivers who violate these rules. Always make sure you cover the following things. Ensure your drivers have copies of the DOT policies. Keep the results of pre-employment drug tests for all your drivers on file. Check with your driver’s former employers as to whether the driver had any drug or alcohol problems while employed, and keep records of the findings on file in your office. Make sure that drivers aren’t allowed to perform safety-sensitive tasks. Put all your drivers in a random drug/alcohol testing pool. Conduct random drug testing of half your drivers each year. Randomly check at least 10% of your drivers for alcohol abuse each year. Have all supervisors complete the training program required by the DOT. Remove any driver in violation of DOT regulations from safety-sensitive duties. Ensure that all required records relating to drug and alcohol regulations are on file and can be retrieved at any time. Need help? Give us a call today, we’re here to help. Call Now! CDL Checklist You must have a copy of the current FMCSA rules in your office. Also, make sure...

OOIDA Gives Helpful Tips for DOT Physical

Recently the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) launched a new online resource that will help truckers prepare for their DOT physicals. This program will also share information with other drivers about their experiences under the system that requires their physicals to be performed by FMCSA-certified medical examiners. The FMCSA launched the new registry in May of 2014. Because it’s so new, many truckers that have held two-year or one-year medical cards have yet to navigating the system and will most likely have many questions. Basic Medical Requirements The DOT physical will require some simple requirements to make sure you are in good enough health to operate with a CDL-A. Below are the basic medical requirements to pass the medical exam. CDL driver must have 20/40 correctable vision in each eye CDL driver cannot be a diabetic requiring needle injected insulin CDL driver blood pressure must be at 160 over 90 or less for a 24 month DOT medical certificate CDL driver blood sugar level must be under 200 The use of any drug will prevent CDL drivers from passing the DOT physical Current diagnosis of any cardiovascular disease or cardiac issues may require CDL drivers to provide additional information from your doctor Preparation Tips With help of ooida.com, truckers new to the system and truckers who have gone through the DOT physical under the new system can be more informed when preparing for the DOT medical exam. The site features 10 topics that will help prepare truck drivers for the exam including: The time allowed before your physical expires Documentation requirements for insurance and registration in your truck and...