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

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/

Drivers Take Note: Left Lane is for Passing: Now Florida Law

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Hat TIp: Wesley Chapel Community.Com

I got a call from a person driving behind one of our trucks today.  They told me our driver was driving along as he pleased in the ‘passing lane’  without consideration for those who wanted to pass behind him.  He called us as a courtesy to inform that this is now against the law to simply drive to your destination in the left most lane.  He was calling from the FL Turnpike.   I searched and this is what I found . . .  the caller was correct. Drivers who stay in the passing lane too long may be trolling for a traffic ticket.  

Driving below the speed of traffic in the left hand lane of any multi-lane road in Florida is not only annoying, it is now illegal thanks to 2014 revisions to Florida’s Laws.

According to the newly revised Florida State Statute 316.081, “a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed.”

What is the cost for such a violation?  In Pasco County it will cost violators $164 and three points on their driver license if ticketed. To be reasonable the law has two common sense exemptions where one may continue to drive in the left lane for a short period of time.

  1. You are not required to move over to be passed if you are passing someone yourself.
  2. You are not required to move over to be passed if you are about to make a left hand turn at a nearby intersection.

Short of those exemptions, it is now illegal to continually drive in the left lane when others are behind you.  If approached from behind (regardless of speed) you must move over and allow other’s to pass you.

Experts in traffic and transportation say that if followed, this law will significantly reduce road rage issues, and allow for more efficient travel for all. Public awareness is the key to success

Caller Angry about Your Driver? Carpe Diem

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Try printing out this form.  If you use this form, it will collect in an online spreadsheet.  Put your email next to your name in the form and it will be sent to you.   It may be useful. When that angry person is making that call, 9 times out of 10 they are driving near your truck, distracted because they on on their cell phone concentrating on telling you what they just experienced.  Get a grip on safety.  Make a win win out of the call by making the experience, short, guided and polite.  Leave some information in the comment section.  I’m interested in your experiences with angry driver call-ins.

 

Click Here to notify me that you want your report.

Click Here for the kind of Form you would use to share this with your driver.

 

      Driver Safety Incident Call-In Form

 

Description of Information Received:

Who, What , Where, When

Map giving proof of incident and driver involved.

MAP

Map picture

A PrntScr of your  online map showing the location works pasted (ctrl-V) does well here.

Fault Statement :

This is not a statement of fault.  It is a document to inform you of how people felt about their safety when they are on the road with True World Foods Miami Truck, while you were driving.

Purpose:

We are creating this document to let you be aware of this incident.  If there is any way to improve the safety of your driving we are confident you will do so.

Previous Incidents:

12/19/12 Road rage incident as result of maneuvering (lane changes) in heavy traffic

2/21/13 Reckless lane change accusation

Corrective Action Criteria:

In our effort to be a responsible company, we require our drivers, who receive such call-ins,  to attend a 20 min refresher session for Driver Road Safety.  Arrangements will be made together with your supervisor to set the time and date for this refresher course.

 


Driver Name                                                         Date

 


Available for Refresher Safety Course Date and Time, if applicable.

 


Supervisor                                                           Date

DRIVER SAFETY INCIDENT CALL-IN

How Do I Know If I Am An Interstate Carrier?

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Map of Florida highlighting Nassau County

Map of Florida highlighting Nassau County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

YOU ARE INTERSTATE:

I f you are a transporter (Motor Carrier) of product, which was manifested outside of the state, and your are shipping straight-through from Airport or Depot you are an interstate carrier and are required to comply with DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) . 

Therefore, you are advised to apply for Your DOT Motor Identification Number (MCS-150) and comply with  DOT  Interstate Hours On-Duty and Off-Duty and Maximum Hours Driving [click here](a downloadable pdf sheet)  apply to  any transporter of product that came from out of their state. 

 

YOU ARE INTRASTATE:

If your operation is solely within the State of Florida, and the commerce you engage in is solely within the State of Florida, e.g. no straight-through shipments, you are an intrastate carrier

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Wheel Claws Deter Truck Thieves

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English: A Pit Bull Tire Lock wheel clamp atta...

English: A Pit Bull Tire Lock wheel clamp attached to a Hummer illegally parked at Duke University East Campus in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our economy will be inspiring more theft. 

Thieves can hide out in an empty cargo body, wait till dark, get out, break into the cab, hot wire and drive through the fence.  Or any truck, unattended in a dark place can be a thieves‘  target.

Truck tire chock/claw locks can help.  The pictures below are used for Non-CDL Trucks. Be sure to push the button down all the way to lock the yellow tire claws.

WheelClawLocks

Costs can range from $40 to $120. Go to Amazon.com and enter ‘wheel boot clamp’ or click here. Insure that your divers are trained how and when to use.

9 sec. demo of how easy it is to use a ‘wheel boot’.

 

  • Over the week-end
  • Overnight on the road
  • Try taking apart after locking to insure you’ve done it right.

 

  • Easier to install on front wheel which is turned out 10º or more.
  • Lock cargo and Cab doors.
  • Park in well lighted area
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Update Time for your VMT on the MCS-150

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English: Logo of the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did You Know…As a motor carrier, recent Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are required and must be up to date to properly assess your level of exposure in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).

If your VMT data in FMCSA’s database is from 2010 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January SMS snapshot is posted at the beginning of February. Instead, the level of exposure will default to average PUs over the previous 18 months which can impact your percentiles in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator BASICs. View the SMS Methodology for addition details on BASIC percentile calculations.

Update your MCS-150 now with 2011 VMT/PU information or shortly after January 1, 2013 with your 2012 data to ensure that FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option – “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

PLEASE NOTE: The SMS website is updated monthly, so your MCS-150 changes will not be reflected on that site until the next monthly update. You can find the schedule of SMS updates at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/InfoCenter/Default.aspx#question30897. MCS-150 updates show up faster on SAFER and the FMCSA Portal websites.

 

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