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Check out our library of free on-demand video content, exploring basic DOT compliance topics such as driver qualification, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, DOT registration, truck markings, and more. 

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Who Regulates & Who is Regulated? (41:45)


In this video, we explore who regulates commercial highway transportation and who, specifically, is regulated. In particular, we address the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and how it is structured as a federal agency. We then discuss the agency's oversight of commercial transportation, and detail the distinction between interstate and intrastate commerce and why it matters in the industry. We explain why the term "commercial motor vehicle" is so significant to the federal safety regulations and which types of vehicles are regulated. Lastly, we discuss different types of exemptions from those regulations. This is a great primer video for safety managers and drivers to bring them quickly up to speed on who regulates commercial operations and who is regulated.

Topics Covered:

  • FMCSA & State Partners

  • Interstate vs. Intrastate Commerce

  • "Commercial Motor Vehicle" 

  • Exemptions from the federal safety regulations

DOT Registration & General Compliance (40:56)


In this video, we address USDOT registration and general compliance. Specifically, we discuss USDOT numbers and operating authorities, including who needs them and how to obtain them. We then discuss the FMCSA's minimum commercial auto-liability insurance requirements for motor carriers, and the various levels required based on the types of operations involved. We move on to address the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program and new entrant safety audits, including what they entail and what types of violations lead to an automatic failure of those audits. Lastly, we discuss vehicle marking requirements and what information must be displayed on the sides of regulated commercial motor vehicles. This video is a helpful tool for safety managers and carriers who are new to DOT registration and the fundamentals of regulated transportation.

Topics Covered:

  • USDOT Numbers

  • Minimum Insurance Requirements

  • New Entrant Safety Assurance Program

  • Vehicle Markings

Driver Qualification (1:03:46)


In this video, we address federal driver qualification requirements. Specifically, we discuss the regulation's minimum qualification standards for commercial drivers. We then address minimum physical qualifications, DOT medical exams, the National Registry of Medical Examiners, and medical cards. We also explore the required investigations and inquiries that motor carriers must make on each driver, including running MVRs and conducting previous employer safety performance history requests. We wrap up with a detailed look at each file type that must be kept in a driver qualification file and for how long those records must be maintained. This video is a helpful tool for safety managers and carriers looking to better understand the driver qualification process and also for drivers who must comply with these minimum qualification standards.

Topics Covered:

  • Minimum driver qualification standards

  • Minimum physical standards

  • DOT medical exams and medical cards

  • National Registry of Medical Examiners

  • DOT road tests

  • MVRs

  • Previous employer safety performance checks

  • DQ files & record retention

Hours-of-Service (1:15:41)


In this video, we address the federal hours-of-service rules. In particular, we discuss the four available duty statuses that commercial drivers must use to characterize their time each day. We then address the substantive hours-of-service limitations placed on a driver's driving and on-duty time. We also explore records of duty status (RODS) and electronic logging devices (ELDs), as the means by which drivers track their duty status changes each day. We wrap up with a look at some of the most significant exemptions from the hours-of-service rules, including the ubiquitous short-haul exemption. This video is great for safety managers and carriers looking to better understand the hours-of-service rules and also for drivers who must comply with these requirements. 

Topics Covered:

  • Duty Status (off duty, sleeper berth, on-duty (not driving), driving)

  • Driving & On-Duty Limits (property & passenger carriers)

  • 11-, 14-, 60/70-hour rules

  • 30-minute rest break

  • Records of Duty Status (RODS)

  • Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

  • Short-Haul & Other Exemptions

Vehicle Maintenance (28:11)


In this video, we address the vehicle maintenance and inspection regulations in Part 396 of the federal safety regulations. Specifically, we discuss which vehicles are subject to the requirements in Part 396 before diving into mandatory periodic inspections and what they entail. We then address systematic maintenance and inspection requirements and the importance of implementing and sticking to a preventative maintenance schedule. Next, we discuss Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs), including when they are required and the process for completing them. We wrap up with a look at maintenance files and what specifically must be included in them. 

Topics Covered:

  • Periodic (a/k/a annual) inspections

  • Systematic maintenance & inspection (including pre- and post-trip)

  • Roadside inspections 

  • DVIRs

  • Vehicle maintenance files & their contents