The FMCSA has released an official notice proposing to completely eliminate the requirement that trucking companies obtain a DOT-specific employment application. If implemented as proposed, this will radically affect your hiring practices and make it more difficult for you to hire drivers. We’ve been following the FMCSA’s activities on this proposal since it was first mentioned last year. The FMCSA regulators are now at the point in the rulemaking process where they want to hear how the proposal will affect actual trucking companies. That is, they want to hear from you.
The FMCSA has asked specific questions directed to carriers in the industry on how the proposed changes will affect hiring drivers. Read on for more information and our suggestions of how best to address these questions. This is a valuable opportunity to give your feedback on an issue that will impact you significantly – you can do so at this link.
To see the specific notice by the FMCSA and the additional questions they’ve posed, you can read more at their website
FMCSA recently launched the Motor Carrier Safety Planner, a new online guide to help large truck and bus companies better understand and comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The safety planner provides plain-language summaries of safety regulations along with sample forms and templates.
Visit the Motor Carrier Safety Planner site to watch video tutorials and learn how to build your personalized planner today.
FMCSA has updated the CSA SMS Website with the January 25, 2019 results.
Motor carriers participating in FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Demonstration Program will continue to see the Agency’s final determinations on SMS for crashes reviewed as part of the program. Logged-in carriers and enforcement users with crashes determined to be Not Preventable as part of the program can view measures and percentiles calculated with and without those crashes.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Personal Conveyance webpage has been updated with Personal Conveyance Frequently Asked Questions.
In response to questions received since the publication of the Personal Conveyance guidance on June 7, 2018, FMCSA has provided answers to a series of Frequently Asked Questions to assist the industry and law enforcement in the application of the guidance. Those questions can be found here.
Additional questions can be sent to MCPSD@dot.gov. FMCSA will continue to answer questions and monitor them to determine if additional clarification is needed.
The guidance clarifies that Personal Conveyance is the movement of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal use while off-duty and that a CMV may be used for personal conveyance even if it is laden, since the load is not being transported for the commercial benefit of the motor carrier at that time. Personal conveyance does not reduce a driver’s or motor carrier’s responsibility to operate a CMV safely, and motor carriers can establish personal conveyance limitations either within the scope of, or more restrictive than, the guidance provided.
For more information on personal conveyance visit the Personal Conveyance webpage.