Posts Tagged ‘motor carrier’

Port Of Baltimore: How To Prevent Federal Audits Related To Leased Drivers

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Are you concerned about federal audits and being cited for issues relating to leased drivers?

If yes, you are not alone.

Driver Qualification files for leased drivers are on the rise.

A motor carrier recently had to undergo a federal audit for utilizing leased drivers and the motor carrier was cited.

Why was the motor carrier cited?

The motor carrier had no records of pre-employment drug tests and driver qualification files.

It is required that leased drivers be enrolled in drug and alcohol testing programs.

The motor carrier and leasing company must have separate driver qualification files and drug and alcohol testing. This is mandatory because the motor carrier and leasing company have completely separate and distinctive motor carriers.

You do not want to be cited by a federal auditor.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Office of Drug and Alcohol and Compliance for the U.S. Department of Transportation are making it a requirement that driver qualification files are separate for the motor carrier and the leasing company.

As for leased drivers that are veterans, the state of Maryland has launched a skills test waiver for veterans.

This was finalized in 2012 by the FMCSA. The veteran skills test waiver will authorize the state of Maryland to allow veteran state drivers to waive the skills portion of the CDL test if the veterans have at least two years of safe driving completed for the military. This is equivalent to the driving a commercial motor vehicle.

To learn more about thee skills test waiver Click here .

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Trucking Industry News: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Announces Several Changes to Hours of Service Rules

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA) recently announced several Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) changes to the hours of services rules. Most of these rules will not go into effect until July 1, 2013, but a few become effective next month (February 27, 2012). These include:

•     Time resting in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) will now be counted as off-duty time in lieu of the current on-duty time.  It is important to note that this off-duty time does NOT extend the 14 consecutive hour daily limit; however, it can be used to allow a driver to extend his weekly limits.  There is no limit on the amount of time that a driver can rest in a parked commercial vehicle.

•     A new “egregious” hours of service violation – defined as exceeding the maximum daily drive time of 11 hours by three or more hours – begins in February.  The penalty for this violation can be as much as $2,750 for a driver and $11,000 for the motor carrier.

All remaining rule changes do not take effect until July 1, 2013.

More information, including Q&A, a copy of the rule, and a comparison chart summarizing key changes, is available at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos-final/hos-final-rule.aspx.

If you have any questions about FMCSA hours of service rules, please contact Middleton and Meads by calling 410-752-5588 or click here today!

With three locations to serve you throughout Baltimore, Washington and Virginia, Middleton and Meads will keep you “on the road.” So go ahead and do what you do best and let us take care of the rest. Our service professionals are experienced and knowledgeable. That is why companies of all sizes depend on us – day in, day out, mile after mile.

The Middleton & Meads Company has a long and respected history in the transportation industry. We are a family owned and operated company through four generations, celebrating over 90 years quality of truck, bus and equipment repair and service.

We work with you to provide the solutions to your transportation needs!

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Sources:

Maryland Motor Truck Association – MMTA E-News