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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?

What Fleets Need to Know About FDA's Food Transport Rules

The Food and Drug Administration regulations on the safe transport of food went into effect in 2018. The regulations apply to vehicles, operations, driver training, and records.

Safety & Compliance

Enhanced Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Enhanced Stationary Vehicle Braking (SVB), and Multi-Lane AEB can be added to trucks equipped with earlier versions of the fleet-proven and road-tested Bendix Wingman Fusion collision mitigation system.

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Fleet Safety Experience Seeks Speakers

The organizers of the virtual Fleet Safety Experience are looking for speakers. Automotive Fleet, Work Truck and Heavy Duty Trucking are in the process of curating an educational program for this year's virtual counterpart to the Fleet Safety Conference.

Using Smart Cameras to Improve Fleet Safety

In Episode 2 of Truck Chat, Netradyne and Stanley Steemer​ sit down with Lauren Fletcher, executive editor of Work Truck​ to talk about camera tech, fleet safety, and more.

Sprinter Vans Recalled for Brake Pedal Concerns

Approximately 56,564 model-year 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles are being recalled because the retaining washer and bolt that connect the brake pedal to the bearing block, may come loose and detach.