The trucking world can be complicated, particularly when it comes to violations and what they mean. There are a lot of terms that come up, and that can be frustrating. So, we’ll take the opportunity to explain a bit of how violations work. What’s a severity weight, and how is that determined? Why does it matter? And where can you, as a trucking business, find out more? Here goes.
There are a lot of regulations that truck drivers and motor carriers need to know about. There are these things called the BASICs, and there’s one category in particular called the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC that you might be wondering about. We get that all of these things can be overwhelming and intense, so we’re going to break down the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC. We’ll go over what it is, what can hurt you in that BASIC, and how you can improve. We’ve got some ground to cover, so we’ll get started!
If you’re preparing to take the CDL test, there are a few things you should know. The CDL test is a big deal because driving a CMV and being a CDL-holder means you’re being held to a high standard. (And therefore the CDL test also holds applicants to high standards.) Serious violations can jeopardize the driver’s maintaining of their CDL. Here’s some helpful information to keep in mind if you’re preparing for the CDL test.
If you have a trucking business, you know that the FMCSA and the DOT are important. Those are the major agencies trucking businesses have to contend with. Now, there’s something called the biennial update. You might wonder how that whole process works. We like answering questions and going over trucking matters, so we’ve put together a list of FAQs about the biennial update for trucking businesses.
The trucking world is full of numbers and ratings and safety information that you as a motor carrier need to know about. It can be quite the job to keep it all straight and to understand what it all means. The ISS, or Inspection Selection System, is something you might be wondering about. The FMCSA has a lot of different programs with a lot of different letters. We don’t blame you at all if you find it overwhelming. Anyways, here’s some helpful information about the ISS.
If you’re planning on getting your CDL, congratulations! That’s great. Trucking is a great industry to be involved in. The process to get a CDL involves a lot of study and practice. So, you might be wondering how to get your CDL so you can get your start in the trucking world. Here’s a brief look at how to get a commercial drivers license.
If you are in the trucking world, you know the acronym FMCSA, which, of course, stands for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. They handle a lot of things and oversee many transportation-related issues. A lot of people may not realize exactly what the FMCSA does. And that’s why we’ll go over the various programs that they run. It can help to understand the many different programs they oversee, just so you know what they do.
Towing is not easy. It’s long hours, hard work, and unpredictable adventures. And if you’re the leader of a towing business, you’re kind of in charge of making sure that everyone is happy working as a part of your team. That means that you need to be conscious of workplace morale and take steps to give it a bit of a lift if it needs it. (Workplace morale being the overall perspective your employees have towards their job as they work for your tow truck company – positive, negative, etc.) Basically, it’s what kind of spirits everyone is in. Here are a few tips to help you with morale at your business.
As a trucking business, you know the FMCSA is a big deal. They run a lot of different programs related to safety, and one of those is the CSA, or Compliance, Safety, Accountability. You might be wondering how you can do well at the CSA. Trucking businesses are subject to a lot of inspections and such, so it’s important to know how to do well with the CSA. Here are a few tips.
As a motor carrier, you’re probably familiar with the FMCSA, and by extension, you know about the Safety Measurement System (SMS). You know that the FMCSA oversees motor carriers and safety. They intervene with carriers when their safety record gets below a certain standard. But as a motor carrier, you might wonder when the SMS stops identifying a carrier for intervention. We’ll explain what the SMS is, how it gets its data, and when they stop intervention.