Do I need to comply with FMCSA regulations?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations govern anyone who operates a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce (i.e. across state lines). The regulations apply to commercial motor vehicles that have a gross vehicle or combination (i.e. truck and trailer combined) weight or weight rating of 10,001 lbs. or more. In other words, if your truck, or your truck and trailer combined, has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more, you are subject to the regulations when you are using the vehicle(s) in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise.
If you only operate intrastate (i.e. you do not cross state lines), then different regulations may apply. Contact ETC to determine what regulations may apply in your state.
If I don’t need a CDL, am I still subject to the FMCSA regulations?
Yes. If you operate a vehicle or combination (truck and trailer) with a gross weight or rating of 10,001 pounds or more in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise, you are still subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. While certain regulations may differ for CDL vehicles and non-CDL vehicles, all commercial motor vehicles are regulated.
What is needed to comply with DOT regulations?
If you operate a vehicle as part of your business or charity, you may be required to comply with State and/or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. The regulations vary widely depending upon your vehicle and area of operations.
The following reflect some of the items most often required (additional items may be required) for DOT compliance:
- USDOT Number (if you cross state lines)
- State DOT Number (if you only stay within your state)
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate
- Driver Qualification File
- Accident Register (for recordable crashes)
- Annual / Periodic Vehicle Inspections
- Vehicle Maintenance Files
- Hours of Service Records
- Pre-Trip & Post-Trip Inspections
To determine what Federal and/or State DOT regulations affect you, contact ETC and take away the guesswork.
Why do I need to comply with DOT regulations?
The enforcement community takes a very hard stance on individuals who do not comply with DOT safety regulations. Failure to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations can be costly, resulting in fines, increased scrutiny, and ratings downgrades that can impact your reputation, cause you to lose business, and increase your insurance costs. It can even lead to the revocation of your fleet’s operating authority and put you out of business.
If you don’t know what Federal and/or State DOT regulations affect you, contact ETC. You’ll be glad you did!
What is CSA?
Comprehensive Safety Analysis, or CSA, is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety program created to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes. This ground-breaking program introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its state partners to more effectively target the safety problems of motor carriers and their drivers by enabling them to address safety concerns before crashes occur. CSA also offers a new methodology that enhances the measurement of a motor carrier’s safety performance and adds innovative new tools designed to correct deficiency.
When the program is fully rolled out we will have a new nationwide system that will make the roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike. We offer the following educational programs to learn and understand CSA:
- Complete training for CSA
- Analysis of how SMS (Safety Measurement System) results impact a carrier
- Development of safety programs to improve compliance
- Analysis of data to identify root causes
- Training to correct problem behavior