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Hours of Service Regulations for Truckers

Due to the potential increased dangers related to commerical motor vehicles, it is important that truck drivers be alert and responsive at all times behind the wheel. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set “hours-of-service” regulations in order to limit when and how long a…

Federal DOT Regulations for a CDL After a Positive Drug Test

[box type=”shadow”] Anyone who obtains a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate a commercial vehicle in the United States must pass a pre-employment drug test, according to federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. The test screens for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamine, methamphetamine and phencycladine (PCP). Employers can also ask job…

DOT Requirements for Diesel Tanks

DOT Requirements The Department of Transportation‘s (DOT) requirements for diesel fuel tanks fall under three parts: Part 393.67, Part 571.301 and Part 393.65. These requirements fall under the authority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a division of the DOT and cover the requirements for diesel fuel tank construction,…

How to Find Out if My MC Number Is Being Used?

[box type=”shadow”]According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the United States, any commercial truck used for interstate transit and over the gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds is required to have a Motor Carrier Authority (MC) number. This number is issued by the FMCSA…

3 Classes of Commercial Driving

Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers of commercial vehicles are required to obtain commercial driver’s licenses if operating a vehicle that weighs more than 26,001 pounds and falls under the specifications of a Class A, B or C license. Drivers must meet certain requirements to obtain a CDL…

DOT Training Regulations

The Department of Transportation uses various agencies and federal laws to create regulations in order to prevent automotive fatalities and injuries. These regulations are used to train vehicle operators in areas such as longer combination vehicle (LCV) driving, hazardous material transportation and beginning driver training. LCV Longer combination vehicles are…

Standards for Tire Trailer

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers safety standards for trailer safety. The NHSTA recommends that drivers use the right kind of tires when towing a trailer. Safety recommendations include using the same size tires and following manufacturers’ specified load standards for trailers and tire construction. Tire Size Tire size…

Trailer Wheel Size for Safety

[box type=”shadow”]Safety is a key parameter when traveling with a trailer. The wheels that the trailer travels on need to be the correct size so that the trailer weight can be effectively moved down the road.[/box] [box type=”shadow”] Identification Each trailer tire has its specified information listed on the sidewall….

FMCSA Windshield Requirements

[box type=”shadow”]The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA was established on January 1, 2000 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FMCSA was established to follow the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 to help ensure that safety standards were being met for vehicles. The FMCSA provides financial assistance…

Canadian Trucking Alliance: Canada-U.S. border agreement win-win

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is lauding a U.S.-Canada border agreement announced Dec. 7 by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as an “historic achievement that takes meaningful steps to bring the Canada-U.S. border into the 21st century,” adding that trucks are the “major mode of trans-border freight…

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