Category Archives: FMCSA

Summer Bus Trips

Buses in trafficIs your family planning a summer bus trip?

Did you know you can get a report on the bus company that might be taking your child to camp or Grandma’s visit to see the kids?

FMCSA (Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration) gets a lot of bad attention for the mountains of regulations it churns out, but safety is never a bad thing. FMCSA inspects buses and bus companies the same way it inspects trucks and trucking companies. The inspectors look for mechanical problems, driver issues and company compliance.

Recently a bus company in Utah was shut down over safety issues. Read the article here.

To check on the bus company you are thinking of using check their rating at FMCSA Safer Bus site.

Annual Inquiry and Review of Driver Records

Are you familiar with the FMCSA regulation, §391.25  that requires carriers to complete an annual inquiry and review of driver records for each driver?

It applies to a carrier with 1 truck or 500 trucks.

The good news is, the FMCSA has amended the regulation (Read it Here) so carriers are allowed to use the Employer Pull Notice report as the annual driver review.

. Many State driver licensing agencies (SDLAs) provide ENS that either automatically update requestors (push-system) on license status, crashes and convictions of laws or regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles or allow the requestor to regularly query the record (pull-system) for this information. The use of these systems to check the driving record, at least annually, satisfies the requirement for an annual review of each driver’s record

All carriers in California are required to be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice program. Many other states have a similar program.

After you review,  make sure you sign and date the report!!

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FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing

Why? Why does my business have to have a drug and alcohol program? How do I find the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing regulations. Can I just sign up for a service just before my inspection. No one will ever know.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the responsibility for making sure drug and alcohol regulations are followed by those businesses subject to their regulations. Those include trucking, airlines, railroads and bus companies. Lets look at some of FMCSA’s handling of those who decided to not follow the regulations.

Docket Number: FMCSA-2014-0472

Violation of 49CFR 382.301 (a)  Using a driver before the motor carrier received a                                                                                                                                negative pre-employment drug test

Violation of 49CFR 382.305      Failing to implement a random controlled substances and/or alcohol testing program

Civil Penalty $10,860.00

Docket Number FMCSA-2015-0035

Violation of 49CFR 382.301 (a)  Using a driver before the motor carrier received a                                                                                                                                negative pre-employment drug test

Violation of 49CFR 382.305      Failing to implement a random controlled substances and/or alcohol testing program

Civil Penalty $10,860.00

Docket Number FMCSA-2015-0130

Violation of 49 CFR 391.51(a)  Failing to maintain driver qualification file on each driver employed

Violation of 49 CFR 395.8(K)(l) Failing to preserve driver’s record of duty status supporting documents for six months

Violation of 49 CFR 396.11 (a) failure to require the driver to prepare a driver vehicle inspection report

Civil Penalty  $6,960.00

Docket number FMCSA-2015-0079

Violation of 49 CFR 391.15(a) using a disqualified driver

Civil Penalty $6,420.00

Those are serious fines. Being in compliance with the regulations may seem like a daunting task. If you need help. please call us at Compliance Associates, Inc. 530-241-2099 or 866-844-0661. Or you can contact us through this web site.

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