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All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Some may find themselves asking the question, “What is a USDOT number and do I need one?”
To answer the first part of the question, we can break down what a USDOT number is and what it is used for. The USDOT number is required for companies who operate commercial vehicles that are either transferring cargo, hazardous materials or a certain amount of passengers. The USDOT number acts as an identifier between vehicles on the road. This number is very useful when monitoring  and checking a company’s safety information, which would include compliance reviews, crash investigations and inspections that have been performed on the vehicle.

Now you may be wondering if your vehicle needs a USDOT number. The requirements for a USDOT number are mandatory if…

Your vehicle is used to transport hazardous materials that require a safety permit in intrastate commerce
Your vehicle has a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds or over
Your vehicle is used to transport more than 8 passengers for compensation or more than 15 passengers with no compensation

Also, if your vehicle is involved with Interstate commerce, a USDOT is mandatory. This would include:

Vehicles traveling between a location within a state and outside of the state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state through another state
Vehicles traveling between two locations in a state as part of a trade, traffic or transportation starting and ending outside the state

Aside from federal regulations, some states do require their intrastate commercial motor vehicles to acquire a USDOT number which does include Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

If you have learned that you do in fact need a USDOT number there are two ways to apply for one: either apply online (www.fmcsa.dot.gov) or fill out a […]

By |October 4th, 2016|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on All You Need To Know About USDOT Numbers – Tech Tip Tuesday

Improved Safety Data on FMCSA’s website

Updated and improved safety data for truckers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is implementing a number of changes designed to improve the Safety Measurement System website, some in response to industry feedback.

The SMS site is where carriers and the public go to get the safety performance data the agency uses to determine which carriers pose a risk and need to be investigated, under its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program better known as CSA. Last year the site hosted nearly 48 million user sessions, the agency said.

The changes, which the agency proposed last November based on suggestions from the industry and others, are intended to make the website more accessible and useful.

In addition to the changes it proposed last year, the agency is adding several new innovations suggested by industry groups.

Here’s a rundown of what will be new when the changes are implemented on August 2.

• The site will display a carrier’s summary status in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. The aim is to clarify if a carrier’s performance will lead to enforcement intervention. The agency said it will give users single-click access to detailed BASIC information.
• In response to a comment by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the agency will clarify how on-road performance data and investigation results are factored into a carrier’s status.
• The site will feature a tour to explain the revisions.
• The site will let users download the public data for all carriers in the same safety event group, such as inspections or crashes, used to rank the carrier’s BASIC percentile. This does not include the Crash Indicator and HazMat Compliance data.
• The site will highlight a carrier’s performance in each BASIC to identify any trends. The […]

By |August 5th, 2014|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Improved Safety Data on FMCSA’s website

FMCSA Safety Measurement System website improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is test-driving an improved version of its Safety Measurement System website.

The SMS site is where carriers and the public go to get the safety performance data the agency uses to determine which carriers pose a risk and need to be investigated. Last year the site hosted nearly 48 million user sessions, the agency said.

The agency is proposing some improvements to the site that have been suggested by users of the system. The changes can be previewed online, and the agency plans to host several webinars to explain the changes.

The agency said its objective is to make the site easier and more intuitive to use, to consolidate information and to improve access to information and performance monitoring tools.

Among the changes, the site:

Displays a carrier’s summary status in the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. Detailed data is available for each category.
Offers a tour to explain the revisions.
Lets the user download the data for all carriers in the same safety event group, such as inspections or crashes, used to rank the carrier’s BASIC percentile.
Highlights a carrier’s performance in each BASIC to identify any trends.
Includes a carrier’s safety rating from a compliance review, information that formerly had to taken from a different database.
Shows a carrier’s current insurance and authority status.
Shows a carrier’s enforcement case history.
Offers a variety of customizable displays and graphs to portray safety performance over time.
Displays the total number of inspections and a breakdown of the number of inspections with violations.

The agency said carriers can preview their own data in the proposed redesign, and the public has access to simulated data.

The explanatory webinars are scheduled for November 18, 21 and 22.

For more information, see Federal Register.

By |November 7th, 2013|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Press Releases|Comments Off on FMCSA Safety Measurement System website improvements