Monthly Archives: August 2013

When must a truck company randomly drug and alcohol test a driver after hiring?

A motor carrier must randomly give alcohol tests to 10% of its drivers and must randomly drug test 50% of its drivers. These percentages can be increased or decreased by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration publishing a new percentage … Continue reading

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When must a truck company give a driver a drug test?

There are six general times when it is mandatory for a motor carrier to drug test a driver, or other employee in a safety-sensitive position: Before hiring—the driver must always be tested unless he or she has been in a … Continue reading

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When must a truck company randomly drug and alcohol test a driver before hiring?

Before hiring: Drivers of commercial vehicles must always be drug tested before a motor carrier hires them, unless: • the driver participated in a federally-approved drug testing program in the past 30 days AND • was either o tested for … Continue reading

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How much insurance coverage is available in bus collision cases?

A for-hire motor carrier operating in interstate commerce must have $5 million insurance for any vehicle that seats 16 passengers or more. The minimum insurance for vehicles that transport less than 16 passengers is $1.5 million. This applies, for example, … Continue reading

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What laws apply in a school bus accident?

The law that governs commercial motor vehicles, their companies and drivers is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These regulations are found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations and govern many areas of commercial transportation, such … Continue reading

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FMCSA Plans to Catch Chameleon Carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has plans over the next two years to improve identification of chameleon carriers. Chameleon carriers, also called reincarnated carriers are motor carriers that shut down, often due to outstanding fines related to safety compliance, … Continue reading

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New Illinois Laws for Obtaining a Driver’s License

Illinois has three new laws that apply to new drivers. Two take effect January 1, 2014: 1. Judges will no longer be permitted to sentence a person to “supervision” if they cause a fatal collision and do not have a … Continue reading

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Horse trailer legislation

For the third year in a row, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation to make double-decker transport of horses illegal. The Horse Transportation Safety Act of 2013 bans transportation of horses in trailers with two or more levels, according to … Continue reading

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The OP-1 and MCS-150 forms in truck accident cases

OP-1 is a form motor carriers use to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for operating authority. MCS- 150 is form to register for a USDOT number. Many companies will have filled out both forms. If you … Continue reading

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FMCSA will not enforce 30 minute rest provision against short haul drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced this week that consistent with the August 2, 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals decision, it will immediately cease enforcement of the 30 minute rest break provision against short haul drivers. While the … Continue reading

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