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DOT Safety & Compliance

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) sets strict rules and regulations for commercial motor vehicles to comply with. These regulations can change often and are often hard to understand. These articles will help you understand and comply with the ever-changing DOT rules.

Do I Need a DOT Number?

Whether you operate a small fleet of light-, medium-, or heavy-duty units, or are merely the owner of one truck wanting to ensure you adhere to the law, knowing if you can need a DOT number can be confusing.

Top 4 Common Regulatory Myths

Several common misunderstandings of motor carrier safety regulations resurface year after year. Some seem plausible and even have a hint of truth. Nevertheless, these common myths are just that — myths.

DOT Mandates May Apply When Using Trailers

Extra weight from trailer add-ons may push otherwise underweight vehicles over the DOT-exempt weight limit.

CBD Oils May Result in DOT-Testing Violation

Use of THC is forbidden for a regulated driver, no matter the source. As a result, medical and recreational marijuana and some CBD oils, even if legal under state law, are federally banned.

CDL & Non-CDL Driver’s Files: What’s the Difference?

If you employ drivers who are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and regulated drivers who are not, are you aware of the differences between the two when it comes to driver qualification files?

Is Your Fleet Ready for the New Food Transport Rules?

The deadline has passed to begin complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the safe transport of food. The regulations apply to vehicles, operations, driver training, and records. Is your fleet ready for the new rules?

Safety & Compliance

Practicing Social Distancing After an Accident

While the roads across the country have become less congested as more people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still going to be times when a fleet driver may find him or herself involved in a collision.

Truck-Lite Partners with Star Leasing

Truck-Lite Co. entered an agreement with Star Leasing Company to supply LED lighting and harnessing products as standard equipment on new trailer builds and to integrate the Road Ready telematics system into the fleet's new and existing trailers.

Pennsylvania Reopens Rest Areas on Busiest Routes

Pennsylvania's abrupt closure earlier this week of all of its roadside rest areas in response to the Coronavirus outbreak drew an outcry from trucking. Now, the state will reopen some areas along busy interstate routes.

Trucking on the Front Line in Fight Against COVID-19

As an increasingly aware United States mobilizes to contain the spread the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the trucking industry is uniquely positioned to help in the containment effort – or to spreading the disease.