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

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.)

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE RULE EXEMPTION

Most drivers must follow these new  HOS Regulations, if they drive a commercial motor vehicle, or CMV.  However, Aug. 31st, 2016 FMSA made an exemption  for their 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]

DotFleets Note:

To insure drivers will take preventive action when they find they cannot contine driving in a alert because of fatigue, always encourage your drivers to call their supervisor and work out a solution.  An extra night on the road is better than an accident on the road.

Later you can investigate reasons for your driver’s fatigue, even if the driver is within the 11-14 rule.

  • Physical exhaustion: driver misused their off-time before delivery day
  • Physical impairment: driver is stuggling with diabetes and more prone to exhaustion and difficulty maintaining their attention as a consequence.
  • Physical impairments and mental acuity problems because the driver is
  • Physical impairments because the driver has diabetes or is taking medications for some ailment which affects their ability to stay alert and they are failing to comply with the medication advisements, medication schedule.
  • Failure to following diet restrictions.
  • others reasons you might know of, please put in the comments. Thanks

Work with your team.  Make effort with your time to discover the cause(s).  Work through your management team to design a corrective action for the benefit of the company mission and those who keeping it alive and on course.

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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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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CSA Changes Due December 2012

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An example of a truck driver log book in the U...

An example of a truck driver log book in the United States. “PTI” is short for “pre-trip inspection”, as the driver is responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is fit to be driven (i.e., no flat tires, loose bolts, or broken parts). “On duty” time includes fueling, repairs, loading and unloading. “Off duty” time incudes meals and rest stops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FMCSA Sharpens Focus with Improvements to Compliance Safety Accountability Program

“For complete details on the new CSA improvements, go to http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

The final CSA changes will provide FMCSA with more precise information when assessing a company’s over-the-road safety performance. The changes will be implemented in December 2012 and include:

  • Changing the Fatigued Driving BASIC to the more specific Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC to more accurately reflect violations in this area; and weighting HOS paper and electronic logbook violations equally. 
  • Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by including cargo/load securement violations from today’s Cargo-Related BASIC.
  • Removing 1 to 5 mph speeding violations to ensure citations are consistent with current speedometer regulations.
  • Ensuring all recorded violations accurately reflect the inspection type (i.e., only driver violations will be recorded under driver inspections).

“Good data plays a key role in keeping our nation’s roads safe,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “These improvements will enable us to better identify and address unsafe truck and bus companies before tragedies occur.”

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