Archive for September, 2012

Many Struggle with DOT Laws

 

 

 

Many are struggling with DOT Compliance.

 

Guide to DOT Regulations

The DOT Regulation Road Map

There is one thing that is a given when it come to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  Nearly every company struggles with the DOT laws and regulations.  It’s a fact!

It could be a company that’s been around for 20 plus years or the owner operator who is just getting started.  It could even be that small landscaping business whose business is exploding but they neglect the DOT portion of the biz.  My point is, it’s not just you who may be running into problems.  It’s everyone.

When a lot of companies first discover they need to comply with DOT Laws it’s usually because they were stopped and inspected.  This is usually a pretty big wake up call for many company’s.  Because you probably had a truck/trailer and driver stuck somewhere far away and they’re telling you they were just placed out-of-service.  Are you the boss that cusses out your driver because he was given strict instructions to drive around the check points?

So what is your reaction going to be?

Are you going to be that business that says screw it I’m not going to do it!

Or are you the business that says “I need to figure this out and make  sure my business in operating in accordance with the laws and regulations.”

Both of these statements are simple to say, but the bottom line is you have a decision to make.  It takes commitment and dedication to your business if you want to be in compliance.  Right now at this point is when many learn just how complex the DOT Laws can be.  Many will decide to throw in the towel.  They don’t quit the business.  They just choose to operate illegally and eventually get shut down.

 

It doesn’t have to be as difficult as some tend to make it.

The first thing any company needs to do is look up the Federal Regulations.  Be careful buying copies of the regulations.  Owning a copy is a great thing for your business, but once that sales rep gets you on their list he’ll never stop bothering you.  They will call you every quarter and attempt to sell you a new copy.  it’s just not necessary.

Also as soon as you register for a USDOT number the sales calls are going to start coming in.  These callers are going to tell you that you are out of compliance and they are very convincing.  Some of them will try to convince you that they are the FMCSA and are auditing you.  I’ve seen these so called compliance people take a Non-CDL driver and make them start a Drug and Alcohol Program.  Come on, anyone who knows the rules especially 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382 knows this is a BIG No-No!

When seeking assistance with the DOT Laws be careful.  You can always use your state and federal office as a resource.  Heck, you could even call us and we’ll get you a safe resource in your area or we will be your safe reliable resource.  Our #1 goal is safety and compliance for our clients and the public.  So if that means giving you a little information we will..

If you are seeking assistance try to stay local.  Laws are different in every state.  I wouldn’t dare try to build a compliance package for a carrier on the east coast or Midwest states because it is just too difficult.  I know the federal regulations are the same everywhere but many local and state laws can change many things.  So staying local is important.

Also consider who your working with.  Ask to see a resume.  If they don’t have one, then they are not worth your time.  A consultant may need to represent you in court or for an audit/CSA investigation as an expert and a resume is necessary.  If all the representative can say is, “I been doing this for 30 years and I was a state trooper 40 years ago”.  Then this representative is probably not a good choice for your business.

For example, if someone asked me for a resume I would provide one.  It is so important.  We even have our resumes here on this site www.thedotinspector.com/ryans-resume. Take a look at this.  It is absolutely vital that you know our qualifications.

 

My best advise is hang in there and keep up the good fight and do what you can to comply.

If you would like to know what your standing with the DOT Laws then give us a call.  Our Compliance Assessment will allow you to see exactly what is needed to avoid future problems with the DOT Officials.

 

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Ryan Byers – Consultant

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Email – ryan@frontrangecompliance.com
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New Entrant Safety Audit – The Shocking Truth

 

 

 

Is it possible to fail a Safety Audit?  YES it is and its happening everywhere.

In 2002 The New Entrant Safety Assurance Program (Safety Audits) was booming.  It became a mandatory audit that any carrier who either obtained a new USDOT Number or updated the status on an existing USDOT Number.   A safety audit was supposed to be an educational based audit designed to allowed either a state or federal official to review every company for DOT Compliance.

The audit focused on all the safety administrative procedures.  Officers would spend around four hours explaining the rules to the carrier and providing forms that could used for future compliance.

When these audits started they were simple.  Not a big deal and very rarely did anyone fail.  No, in fact the audit was geared for all carriers to pass.

Like everything with the feds the rules become harder and more difficult.  In 2010 the safety audit system changed.  They never thought it was going to be a big deal.  They were wrong.  The new system is now holding carriers responsible, which can be good and bad.  It pushes the question, You started in business when? and You are still non-compliant?  WHY?  The system fails any carrier who does know the rules.

Is this a big deal? Yes, because if your business fails a Safety Audit then you have 60 days to fix it.  If you don’t satisfy all the requirements then your company will be placed under a Federal OUT-OF-SERVICE Order.  They all your time, energy and money will be wasted.

 

FACT – Right Now Over 60% of the Carriers are Failing the New Entrant Safety Audit

Last week I was speaking with some of my contacts inside the Colorado State Patrol, MCSAP office here in Golden, Colorado.  We spoke about the safety audit program and I was given a bit of disturbing yet interesting information.

What I found out was, with today’s standard New Entrant Safety Audit, there is a greater than 60% Failure Rate for companies in start up.  This means all the companies getting started are struggling with the DOT requirements.  The government is stepping in and giving them 60 days to fix it.  Or they get shut down with a Out-of-Service Order.  This is a scary situation for your new company that you have invested in building. How much time, energy, and money do you have invested?

Currently, with the CSA Model and Safety Audit Structure companies large and small have a huge target on them.  It’s called COMPLIANCE.

 

Is there a Solution?

YES, It called you need to be PREPARED.  If you are not ready and you have not taken responsibility for ALL the DOT administrative procedures then I guarantee you’re operating in NON-Compliance and you are at risk.  If you don’t take the right steps Right Now then you could be facing a possible SHUT DOWN.  Since when is SHUT DOWN an option?

 

A simple question for you. When it’s time to do your taxes who do you hire?

An accountant right?  And Why? Because if you mess up on your taxes your business will be shut down.

 

A second simple question. When its time to become DOT Compliant who do you hire?

The DOT Inspector LLC

Yes, that’s right.  Call us to day and schedule your FREE Compliance Assessment.

 

Don’t become one of the 60%ers Call Today

 

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Your Next Step is to Call Us now at (720) 951-1184 and Schedule your Compliance Assessment.  We’ll show you how your company is doing when it comes to compliance.
The DOT Inspector
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Ryan Byers – Consultant

Cell – (720) 951-1184
Email – ryan@frontrangecompliance.com
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