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.

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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    https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration/commercial-drivers-license/medical

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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 http://www.chp.ca.gov Motor Carrier of Property Permit http://www.dmv.ca.gov 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.

Some States Require Intrastate Carriers Register DOT

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Some States require a USDOT number for all registrants of commercial motor vehicles, even intrastate operations. Non-Motor Carrier registrants are required to obtain a USDOT number as a necessary condition for commercial vehicle registration operation in these states. Take these three (3) steps to see if your states requires you to register for a DOT number:

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Step 1 :  You click on the line for Intrastate ‘B’

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Step 2: Your trucks stay within the state so click ‘View the list of states’

 

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Step 3:  If your state is on this list you need to register for DOT and Click here to get started.

For carriers needing to complete the Motor Carrier Identification Report (MCS-150)  Application (MCS-150B) Click Here for an  on-line through the FMCSA Registration Website.

CORRECTIVE ACTION: MANAGE YOUR DRIVER

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In a recent decision a family was awarded $58.5 million dollars compensation for an accident caused by their truck driver making an improper left turn.  20% Responsibility was assigned to the management company and 1% responsibility was assigned to the driver. 

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION:  MANAGE YOUR DRIVER.

Here are some of the more severe driving violations.

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In a recent decision a family was awarded $58.5 million dollars compensation for an accident caused by their truck driver making an improper left turn.  20% Responsibility was assigned to the management company and 1% responsibility was assigned to the driver. 

 

CORRECTIVE ACTION:  MANAGE YOUR DRIVER.

Here are some of the more severe driving violations.

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DOT– Cell Use and the Delivery Driver Q & A

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If you pick up product which originates from other states, then you are an interstate carrier and are required to apply for and use DOT identifications on all of your delivery vehicles.  As of  Jan. 3rd, 2012

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Q: Are wired or wireless earpieces allowed?

 

A: Yes. Hands-free use of a mobile telephone is allowed using either a wired or wireless earpiece, or the speakerphone function of the mobile telephone. Wireless connection of the mobile telephone to the vehicle for hands-free operation of the telephone, which would allow the use of single-button controls on the steering wheel or dashboard, would also be allowed.

   

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Q: Are commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers allowed to use push-to-talk mobile communications equipment while driving?

 

A: Yes, provided the driver does not reach for, dial, or hold the actual mobile telephone in his/her hand while driving and the driver is able to touch the button needed to operate the push-to-talk feature from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. Generally, the use of this type of communications equipment does not require drivers to take their eyes off of the forward roadway because the button used to enable the driver to communicate can be operated from the normal seated position with the safety belt fastened. For example, if the mobile phone is mounted in a cradle or similar device near the driver, or there is a remote push-to-talk button near the vehicle controls to allow the driver to communicate without reaching for, dialing, or holding the actual mobile telephone in his/her hands while driving, the equipment may be used.

   
   

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Q: What is required of the employer in terms of company policy or training?

 

A: The rule does not require motor carriers to establish written policies in terms of company policy or training programs for their drivers. However, employers are prohibited from allowing or requiring their drivers to use hand-held mobile phones. A motor carrier may establish policies or practices that make it clear that the employer does not require or allow hand-held mobile telephone use while driving a CMV in interstate commerce. The carrier is responsible for its drivers’ conduct.

   

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Q: Is dialing a phone number allowed under this rule?

 

A: No. Dialing a mobile telephone while operating a CMV in interstate commerce is prohibited by the rule. A driver can initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button on a mobile telephone, earpiece, steering wheel, or instrument panel – comparable to using vehicle controls or instrument panel functions, such as the radio or climate control system.

   

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Q: Can a driver reach for a mobile telephone even if he/she intends to use the hands-free function?

 

A: No. In order to comply with this rule, a driver must have his or her mobile telephone located where the driver is able to initiate, answer, or terminate a call by touching a single button while the driver is in the seated driving position and properly restrained by a seat belt. If the mobile telephone is not close to the driver and operable while the driver is restrained by properly installed and adjusted seat belts, then the driver is considered to be reaching for the mobile phone, which is prohibited by the rule.

 

http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/other/faq/cellphone-ban-faqs.aspx

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No Cell for Truck Drivers on the Road

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) severity tables for the Unsafe Driving and Vehicle Maintenance BASICs on February 8, 2012, to include 27 new entries, as listed below.

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The agency added the following texting and cell-phone-use violations to the Unsafe Driving BASIC:

  • §177.804(b): Failure to comply with 49 CFR 392.80 – Texting while Oper a CMV -Placardable HM, severity weight 10
  • §177.804(c): Fail to comply with 392.82 – Using Mobile Phone while Oper a CMV – HM, severity weight 10
  • §392.80(a): Driving a commercial motor vehicle while Texting, severity weight 10
  • §392.82(a)(1): Using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a CMV, severity weight 10
  • §392.82(a)(2): Allowing or requiring driver to use a hand-held mobile tel while operating a CMV, severity weight 10

    No driver shall use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a commercial motor vehicle. (49 CFR Part 392.82) A commercial motor vehicle is defined by the US DOT as a vehicle with a single or combined GVWR, or actual weight of over 10,000# utilized in interstate commerce. (Note: Most states have adopted the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for intrastate commerce with vehicles at weights ranging from 10,001 to 26,001#)

    Use of a hand held mobile telephone means: (49 CFR Part 390.5)

    1. Using at least one hand to hold a mobile telephone to conduct a voice communication,
    2. Dialing or answering a mobile telephone by pressing more than a single button, or
    3. Reaching for a mobile telephone in a manner which requires a driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated position.
    Three minutes of good information, well explained and demonstrated.
    • This rule does not prohibit a driver from using a mounted mobile phone which can be easily accessed from the driver’s seat and activated with a single button. 
    • Driving means operating a commercial vehicle while on a public road, and when stopped in traffic on such a road. Driving does not include instances when the driver is safely parked.  Emergency use is permitted.
    • Penalty: Driver is disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for 60 days with the second offense in 3 years. (120 days for each subsequent offense within 3 years)  Only applies if violation occurred while driving a CMV.

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No Cell Phones for CDL Drivers?

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FMCSA is providing for the public to comment on this rulemaking until Feb. 22nd, 2012. The proposal and information about how to submit comments is here. 

Government regulators have announced a new rule prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while driving.

To be issued jointly by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the rule is the latest action by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to put an end to distracted driving.

“I hope that this rule will save lives by helping commercial drivers stay laser-focused on safety at all times while behind the wheel,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the new restriction will face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations.

Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. Approximately four million commercial drivers would be affected by this final rule.

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The rule will take effect 30 days after it gets published in the Federal Register. Distracted! Driving - DVD TrainingJ. J. Keller’s Distracted! Driving – DVD Training is designed to change distracted driving habits and help professional drivers deal with the dangerous habits of others.

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