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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  • 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)
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THE UNEXPECTED and Following Too Close – A Video

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FMCSA Video Event Recording of Following Too Close

VIDEO DESCRIPTION: The CMV driver is traveling in the far right lane of a three-lane highway during the day. There is an exit-only lane on the right, adjacent to the driver’s lane. The driver is following a lead passenger vehicle closely. The passenger vehicle begins to slow in order to move to the left and into the middle lane. The CMV driver does not slow down appropriately and comes close to the rear of the passenger vehicle as it changes lanes.

TRAINING EXERCISE: After viewing the video, try to answer the following questions:

  • Does the driver appear to adjust his vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe following distance with the lead vehicle?
  • Why was the lead vehicle slowing down?
  • Why did the driver brake excessively?
  • What could the driver have done differently?

Here is an example of tailgating, being unable to safely respond to THE UNEXPECTED.

The tailgating vehicle  (following too close) had less than a second of space between them and the vehicle in front.  RESULT: UNABLE TO REACT TO THE UNEXPECTED SAFELY.

The camera vehicle maintained a 3 to 4 second cushion between them and the  vehicles in front.  RESULT:  A SAFE RESPONSE TO THE UNEXPECTED

Tailgating is another term for Following Too Close.  When you follow too close you do not have time to adjust your driving for the unexpected.  When driving at speeds greater than 49 mph in a CMV over 10,000 GVWR create the habit of keeping 3 to 4 seconds distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.  The vehicle with the camera in this video maintained the correct distance. 


The vehicle in front pass a fix point, start counting the seconds . . .     Mississippi One     Mississippi  two     Mississippi three Missis  till you car crosses the same fixed point.  Some people use the white lines, some use bushes, some use sign posts. Whatever you use . . . MAKE IT YOUR HABIT to keep a safe cushion SO YOU CAN CONTROL THE UNEXPECTED..


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DOT Drivers Medical Certificate

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This is an excellent program which help companies insure their drivers are fit to drive safely.

Do you have a DOT #?   Then read on.  If your answer is – no –  but  aren’t sure you need a DOT # or not.  Put — Do I need – in this site’s search box in the upper right.


Now, here is what I found from the FMCSA site.  Click on the image to go there.

All commercial drivers of vehicles in interstate commerce with a maximum gross vehicle weight rating of over 10,000 pounds (4,536 kilograms) are required to obtain and maintain a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate

How to Drive with Tire Blowout

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What to do while driving on the highway and a blowout occurs?   S p e e d  u p.

Now is the time to learn, not when it happens.  Speed up and this is why.  A video provided by Crash Forensics demonstrates this principle well.

States Requiring Intrastate CMV DOT Registration

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Apart from federal regulations, some states require their intrastate commercial motor vehicle registrants to obtain a USDOT Number. As of Feb 2017 the 32 states which require DOT #’s are:

Alaska – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more. Alaska DOT 907-365-1210

Alabama – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Alabama DOT 334-242-2999

Arizona – DOT # required for CMV

California – Carrier ID Motor Carrier of Property Permit 916-657-6803

Connecticut – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Connecticut DOT 800-842-8222

Colorado – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Colorado DOR 303-205-5607


Florida – DOT FL # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Florida DOT 850-488-7920

Georgia – DOT GA # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Georgia DOR 404-675-6135

Indiana – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Indiana DOR 317-615-7200

Kansas – DOT KS # required for CMV Kansas Corp Comm 800-832-5660

Kentucky – DOT KY # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more KY Trans Cabinet 502-564-4127

Maine – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more Maine State Police 207-624-8939

Maryland – DOT MD # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more MD State Hwy Admin 410-582-5739

Michigan – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more  State Police 888-464-8736

Minnesota – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more MN State Patrol 651-405-6060

Missouri – DOT MO # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Missouri DOT 866-831-6277

Montana –DOT # required for CMV

New Jersey – DOT # required for CMV

New York – DOT NY # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more New York DOT 866-881-2630

North Carolina -DOT NC # required

Ohio – DOT OH # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more OH Bureau of MV 614-777-8400

Oklahoma – DOT OK # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more OK Corp Comm 405-521-3246

Oregon – DOT OR # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Oregon DOT 503-378-6699

Pennsylvania – DOT # required for CMV

South Carolina – DOT # required for CMV

Tennessee – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more TN Dept of Safety 615-687-2260

Texas – DOT # required for CMV 10,001 GVW or more Texas DOT 800-299-1700

Utah – DOT UT # required for CMV UT State Tax Comm 810-297-7780


Washington – DOT # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more WA Dept of Licensing 360-664-1858

West Virginia – DOT # required for CMV – WV Pub Svc Comm 304-340-0483

Wisconsin – DOT # required for CMV

Wyoming – DOT WY # required for CMV 26,001 GVW or more WY DOT 307-777-4772

The source for this information is from FMSCSA 2017. For example FMCSA notes the following states as requiring DOT RegistrationDoINeedaDOTNumberStep3.jpg

 States can change, or upgrade their requirements. Check with states that don’t require DOT registration as noted above: just to make sure there are no surprises.  To ASSUME makes an ASS of U and Me.  Drive safe, DOT  helps make it so.

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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