Any time a carrier or other regulated entity changes its name or address, or other details in their record, they should update their US DOT and operating authority record with FMCSA in a timely manner. When the time to update comes about, you don’t want to ignore it or put it off. Failure to update the MCS-150 could result in a $1,000 per day fine for every day it’s not renewed, and the fine is capped at $10,000.
California put in place the California Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Program with the interest of improving safety on our highways. A special testing and licensing requirement came into play after this program for commercial drivers. Special skills are required in order to safely operating a commercial vehicle. Only professional drivers will receive and keep a Commercial Driver License (CDL). A CDL is proof of your professional skills.
Here are some Carrier Safety Tips In Order For You To Avoid Dangerous Situations.
The tips below are to help you maintain your safe driving skills.
Most drivers must follow the Hours Of Service Regulations if they drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV. In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits one or more of these descriptions:
With the mission to improve the safety of trucks on the highways of our nation, the FMCSA came up with the Federal Hazardous Materials Safety Permit Program for intrastate, interstate, and foreign motor carriers transporting certain types and amounts of hazardous materials.
It is important that these carriers keep up with a certain level of safety in their operations and they must certify that they have specific programs in place as mandated by the Hazardous Materials Regulations and the HM Permit regulations.
All motor carrier, forwarder, and broker authority applicants must have specific insurance requirements and legal process agent documents on file before they get issued the authorities from the FMCSA. The mandatory filings vary, based on the types of registrations involved.
When driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), it is very important that you, the driver, are safe. Every time you get into the driver seat you are not only responsible for your own safety but as well as the safety of anyone on the road with you. This is a reason why the physical examination is a mandatory. By taking the exam you certify that you are healthy enough to perform the duties put in place by the job and keep our highways safe.
A mandatory requirement by the Department of Transportation and the FMCSA is that any commercial driver license holder and anyone of employees CMV drivers must follow alcohol and drug testing rules. Included in these rules are procedures for testing, the rate of how often tests are given, and the type of substances that are tested for.
Even though, your employer is responsible when it comes to giving you any necessary information on drug and alcohol testing programs, you are still responsible in terms to following all rules and regulations. This is done with the intent to keep our roads safe.
If you are an employer, it is in your responsibility to put in place and run drug and alcohol testing programs.