Florida Department of Transportation FDOT Contact Sheet

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

 

Business and Government Resources
850-414-4100

Claims Website
850-414-5357

Drivers Licenses
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Website
850-617-2000 | Office Locations

Equal Opportunity Website
850-414-4747

ADA/Accessibility Website
850-414-4100

General Issues
Contact a local District Office
District Offices

Human Resources
People First Website (Job Vacancies)
Human Resource Office

One Stop Permitting Website
850-410-5777

Property Listings Website
850-414-4584

Fraud Reporting Website
800-255-8099

Rest Area Information
Maintenance Offices

Road Debris
Contact a local Maintenance Office
Maintenance Offices

Road Ranger Service Patrol
Road Ranger Website
* FHP (* 347)

Toll Program (SunPass)
tpk.contactsunpass@dot.state.fl.us
888-865-5352

Toll Violations (SunPass)
SunPass Toll Violations Website
888-865-5352

Real-Time Traffic and Roadway Information
511

Traveler and Commuter Resources
511

Trucking – CDL License
HSMV Commercial Vehicles Website
850-617-2606 | Field Offices

Trucking – Vehicle Operations
Florida Trucking Information Website
850-414-4700

US DOT Number-Intrastate (Florida)
HSMV Commercial Vehicles Website
850-617-2280 | Field Offices

US DOT Number-Interstate
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin Website
800-832-5660

Vehicle Registration, Tag, Titles
Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Website
850-617-2000 | Office Locations

Website/Application Issues
fdot.servicedesk@dot.state.fl.us
866-955-4357

Motor Carrier Size and Weight Website
850-410-5500

Central Office

Jim Boxold
Telephone: 850-414-4100

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

605 Suwannee Street
Directions to the Central Office

Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
Hotels Near Central Office

District Offices

District 1 (Main)
Southwest Florida (Bartow)
800-292-3368
About District 1

District 1 (SWIFT)
Southwest Florida (Fort Myers)
239-225-1900
About District 1

District 2 (Main)
Northeast Florida (Lake City)
800-749-2967
About District 2

District 2 (Urban Office)
Northeast Florida (Jacksonville)
800-207-8236
About District 2

District 3
Northwest Florida (Chipley)
888-638-0250
About District 3

District 4
Southeast Florida (Ft. Lauderdale)
866-336-8435
About District 4

District 5
Central Florida (Deland)
800-780-7102
About District 5

District 6
South Florida (Miami)
800-435-2368
About District 6

District 7
West Central Florida (Tampa)
800-226-7220
About District 7

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Turnpike Enterprise
Public Information
800-749-7453
About the Turnpike

Turnpike Enterprise
Toll Program (SunPass) Call Center
888-865-5352
About SunPass

Turnpike Enterprise
Toll-By-Plate Program
888-824-8655
About Toll-By-Plate

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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  : FleetOwner.com 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 )

Vocabulary:

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.

Example:

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.

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.

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WHAT SYSCO IS DOING

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.

DO THE MATH

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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

http://sustainability.sysco.com/operating-sustainably/moving-products/

Never Leaves the State – Do I Need a USDOT Number?

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A carrier who picks up product at the airport and never leaves their state asks, Do I Need a USDOT Number?

dotnumbersvanThe answer is yes.  As an added plus you, as a carrier, will be guided to set standards for yourself and your team which help make your participation in the marketplace more successful.  How?  You drivers and products will get from A to B more often, without injury or accident injuring others.

Companies operating commercial vehicles which transport passengers or haul 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.

I am still not clear about why I need to  Register for a  US DOT Number?

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.  

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above in both the green and orange/red areas, you are a carrier who is required by FMCSA to obtain US DOT Number.

DOTFleets Note:

Some carriers think they are not required to register for a DOT number because their trucks only pick up product at the airport and deliver only within the their state, intrastate carriers.  However, if they pick up product that originated outside of their state they are INTERSTATE CARRIERS according to the last provision in red

Still confused?  Call up your local state DOT office and ask this simple question, “If I pick up interstate product at the airport and my trucks are alway within our state, am I required to register for a DOT number?

How to Comply with 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.

Some States Require Carriers Register With DOT Number 
Click Here to see if your state is on of them.

 

Carrier Monitoring DOT Safety Measurements

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English: Antique New Hampshire speed limit sign. On display at Clark’s Trading Post, Lincoln New Hampshire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First:  Carriers need to set the standard and manage safety habits of ‘their drivers and the trucks they drive.  In an ideal world, the concern for others well-being can  inspire companies to create a safety culture for the drivers and their habits.

Note Well:   If your company is distracted from acting on your commitment to  public and employee safety, the DOT is determined to help remind you.  If you are really sloppy about your road safety, you could be looking for a new line of work.

Carrier management would be wise to go to http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/ and enter their DOT# .

DOT Safety Measurement Site

Once your enter your DOT# you will see how the Department of Transportation sees you, the Carrier.   and you will understand how much of a regulatory burden may be on your horizon or patting on the back . . . is due.

You will also be able to see the kind of citations your company has received, whether or not your drivers have turned in citations received during road inspections.

If you DOT# has passed the 65th percentile, your company is subject to the possibility of a field audit at any time from the DOT.  The carrier below has passed the 65% percentile because of three (3 ) citations.

Interpreting DOT Safety Measurement Emphesis Hand Held

Two (2) citations:  Driver was caught using a hand-held cellular phone while driving.

One (1) citation:  Driver was speeding 11-14 miles over the posted speed limit.

Both are heavily weighted.

Your take-away for making it this far:

Monitoring your DOT# Safety Measurement at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/    you can take corrective action, even if the citation ( s ) were not reported by your drivers.

Recommendation:  By monitor your DOT# at    http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/  quarterly or more frequently you company’s health is more assured.

Truck Battery Dead Drill Down

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Battery goes dead.

Repair discovers the box light was on.

Four (4) possible scenarios.

  1. The battery is expired, exhausted and needs to be replaced anyway.
  2. The alternator is not functioning
  3. The box light mechanism is not functioning properly, causing the lights to continue burning 1.
  4. The driver left the box light on, or the door to the box which activates turn off of the light was left open or ajar causing the light to be left on 2.
  • In the case of this battery dead event , we discovered the sensors controlling the on-off condition were malfunctioning  and therefore #3  3.   For an immediate fix, we removed the light bulbs to continue delivering with the truck until  it can be repaired 4.

If it were #4 the fleet administrator would need to identify the driver.  Here is how we used Fleetmatics/Reveal to identify the last driver before battery failure :

1. Going to the main page and clicking on the Admin from the user pull-down menu

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2. Pick the Vehicle List

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3. Choosing your Truck for the drill down and clicking on the edit icon

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4. In the [Edit Vehicle] click on the [Assignment History] tab

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5. On the Vehicle’s Assignment History page look on the bottom for driver’s assignments

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More Simply:

Admin-> Vehicle List -> on right side of list click on clip_image012 for desired vehicle -> Click on /Assignment History\ tab. . . .

Footnotes:

1 Assumes hands-on knowledge of the delivery vehicle specs

2 Assumes communication with drivers while loading truck notice the lights are not functioning properly and report to the administrator/supervisor

3 Assumes the administrator has gone to the truck to evaluate

4 Assumes company management/ fleet manager has ordered the driver fob option with Fleetmatics, distributed them to the drivers and programmed driver ID with the unique fobs

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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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