Trianing – HOS – Two Day Trips – 10 Consecutive Hours Off-Duty

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Make sure your drivers are trained to keep their Hours of Service logs up to-date and understand how to stay in compliance with 10 off duty – not more than 11 hrs driving – not more than 14 hrs on duty..

If the HOS Log is being kept up to-date, the driver will recognize the 10 consecutive hour off-duty problem ahead of time and contact the company for alternate plans to stay in compliance and an alert, safe driver.

Remember: Fatigue is the killer, not the the HOS regulations.

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Purpose and Assumptions


‘Dotfleets’ Purpose:

  • To help the employer who “shall be knowledgeable of and comply with all regulations contained in this subchapter which are applicable to that motor carrier’s operation”.(~390.3(e)(1))
  • To help the driver who “shall be instructed regarding, and shall comply with all applicable regulations contained in this subchapter”. (~395.3(e) (2)
  • This site designed to help . . . More

Updating Your DOT Number is Mandatory.

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What to Update?

Routine USDOT Number Updates

To view a company’s current information, go to the SAFER System’s Company Snapshot[external link]. Updates can be done online via the FMCSA online registration system with your US DOT PIN, or by filing an MCS-150 form.  See below for more information on updating your US DOT number information.

Biennial Updates

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years. You are required to provide this update every two years even if your company has not changed its information, has ceased interstate operations since the last update, or is no longer in business and you did not notify FMCSA.

Failure to complete a Biennial Update will result in deactivation of your USDOT number and may result in civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day, not to exceed $10,000.

Updating your information is free. We have included instructions below to help you complete your biennial update.

What is the Deadline to Update?

Filing schedule: Each motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider must file the appropriate form at the following times:

  • Before it begins operations; and
  • Every 24 months according to the following schedule:



If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year.

Update Online
  • In order to complete the registration online, you’ll need your USDOT number, assigned PIN, EIN/SSN, and Company Official information. You can request a PIN mailed or e-mailed to you.
  • Carriers needing to complete the Motor Carrier Identification Report (MCS-150) OR the Combined Identification and Hazardous Materials Safety Permit Application (MCS-150B) may do so online through the FMCSA Registration Website.
  • Print an updated MCS-150 form for your records upon completion of the online registration if you prefer a hard copy.
Unable to Complete Online? No Problem.

If the carrier doesn’t have a USDOT PIN number, and their mailing address in MCMIS is outdated, they can’t submit a request for a PIN number to be mailed to them. They have 2 options:


    Send to:

    • 202-366-3477
    U.S. Mail

    Important note for hard copy registrations: Forms must be received by FMCSA on or before the date your Biennial Update is due to avoid deactivation of your USDOT number and the assessment of civil penalties. Please allow ample time for mailing.

    For Carriers

    Registration forms can also be downloaded here or you can request to have a pre-printed form mailed to you by calling FMCSA Support Services at 1-800-832-5660 (Select option 1 (US DOT number questions), then press zero to speak to an agent).

    For Hazardous Materials Safety Permit Carriers only:

    Complete, sign, and date the form, and mail it to the address below.

    U.S. Department of Transportation
    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    Attention: Office of Registration and Safety Information
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.

    Washington, DC 20590

    Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs)

    IEPs are unable to perform an online update at this time. Download the Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report form (MCS-150C) and complete, sign, and date the form, and mail it to the address above.

    Source: FMCSA Site

    Florida Department of Transportation FDOT Contact Sheet

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    Useful DOT contact information for carriers, drivers and citizen of Florida


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    Telephone: 850-414-4100

    Toll-Free: 866-374-FDOT (3368)

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    Hours of Service Logs and 11-14 rule

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    Fleet D.O.T. & Safety Compliance | Focused Information for the Property Carrying, NON-CDL  Straight Truck Carriers

    In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

    • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
    • Crosses state boundaries
    • Your company transports out-of-state products picked up at the airport (yes, even if your trucks never leave the state.)

    Most drivers must follow the HOS Regulations, if they drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV.  On Aug. 31st FMSA made an exemption for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) ruling for a carrier whose drivers only need to complete 8 log sheets or less / month.

    11-Hour Driving Limit
    May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

    14-Hour Limit
    May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.

    Rest Breaks
    Does not apply to drivers using either of the short-haul exceptions in 395.1(e). [49 CFR 397.5 mandatory “in attendance” time may be included in break if no other duties performed]

    Note: If you are having trouble staying alert, call your supervisor and work out a solution, its better than . . .

    Carriers 101 on Coercion

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    When a D.O.T. auditor shows up to investigate about a driver you had or currently employee, and they discover you scheduling requires him to break FMCSA regulations . . . the driver may not be the one on the hot seat.  When the auditor asks for your explanation . . .
    • I thought it was ok . . .
    • We’ve always done it this way. . .
    • No one ever told me . . .
    • I fired him because he wouldn’t do his scheduled route in time . . .

    and other variations on a carrier’s  “its-not-my-fault” explanations will not fly now that  ‘driver coercion” was added by the D.O.T. in its effort to go beyond roadside inspections and gain more FMCSA compliance from Carriers. (Read More:   DOT roadside Inspections enforcement status  and 10 Hours of Duty Rule)

    FMCSA backs drivers with coercion rule  : Kevin Jones

    A new rule to protect drivers from being compelled to violate federal safety regulations is set to publish today in the Federal Register. Known as the “driver coercion” rule, it provides FMCSA with the authority to go after not only carriers, but also shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries. ( read more )


    What is Coercion?

    Such actions are used as leverage, to force or leverage the victim to act in a way contrary to their own interests.


    A driver is given a route  which he points out  is impossible to complete without going over the 11 hrs driving and or 14 hrs on-duty DOT rule.  If the driver reluctantly accepts the task because they fear the loss of their position or their job it could be considered coercion.  Accidents and road side inspections with a citation will go hard on the carrier, especially if the driver challenges their citation because of coercion.

    Who Is Exempt From FMCSA ELD Rule

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    For many of the carriers I know, you will be exempt from the ELD ruling if your Drivers use paper DOT RODS for not more that 8 days during each 30 day period.  This exemption was made clear on August 31st 2016.

    FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

    FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

    Here’s a video on the goals of ELD’s




    Going Faster Than 65 mph: What’s The Difference? I’ll Get There Faster.

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    It is safer for the truck drives at the slower speed because they have more time to react to sudden changes up ahead. Yes? Not sure?  Try the calculator below.

    Delivery trucks are designed to perform better at 60 to 65 mph speed range. Manufacturers set their controls to limit speed to 65 mph.  Doing so will enhance the likelihood of fewer breakdowns because of putting less stress on the drive train and fewer accidents becuse of the shorter stopping distance. This is a good example I found from the UK.



    Education of our delivery associates is another significant strategy for saving energy. We have installed technology on all our trucks that limits their speed to 65 miles per hour. Limiting speed not only reduces fuel use but also improves Delivery Associate safety. Sysco’s delivery associates are trained to drive safely and efficiently, eliminating “jack rabbit” starts and maintaining proper following distances in all driving situations. We use on-board computers to monitor and improve individual vehicle and delivery associate fuel efficiency. When manual transmissions are used, delivery associates are trained in progressive shifting techniques which ensure maximum fuel efficiency. Automatic transmissions are calibrated for maximum fuel economy and engines are set to turn off automatically when unattended.



    Good reasons for traveling at the model speed..

    1. Shorter stopping distance
    2. Less distance traveled during reaction time
    3. Fewer Accidents
    4. Equipment ware and tare more tolerable
    5. Less stress to drive safely
    6. Better employee and fellow road traveler well-being

    Quote Source:  Sysco Sustainability Report 2013

    Do I Need a USDOT Number?

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    Do I Need a USDOT Number? – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    What is a USDOT Number?

    dotnumbersvanCompanies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number. Also, commercial intrastate hazardous materials carriers who haul quantities requiring a safety permit must register for a USDOT Number.

    The USDOT Number serves as a unique identifier when collecting and monitoring a company’s safety information acquired during audits, compliance reviews, crash investigations, and inspections.

    Do I Need One?

    You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

    • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or
    • Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; orstraighttruckdotnumber
    • Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
    • Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding.
    AND is involved in Interstate commerce:

    Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States—Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States);

    • Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or
    • Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.

    You are required by FMCSA to obtain USDOT Number and comply with the Federal Regulations.

    It is the responsibility of motor carrier operators and drivers to know and comply with all applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and property.  We believe the information in this package, when effectively applied, will contribute to safer motor carrier operations and highways.

    States that Require a DOT Number


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