Category: Drug and Alcohol

March 9, 2016

FMCSA REDUCES REQUIRED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING

As of January 1st, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has lowered the random drug testing rate from 50% of carrier’s average number of driving positions to 25%. This change, at the discretion of the agency administrator, stems from three consecutive years during which the positive rate for controlled substances fell below a 1% threshold….

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November 12, 2015

DRUG AND ALCOHOL CONSORTIUM FAQS

As a new trucking company, you definitely have your hands full and may have rules and regulations that you haven’t taken the time to understand yet. Although you don’t have time to spare, understanding the drug and alcohol regulations is vital and failing to follow these important regulations is one of the quickest ways to…

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August 28, 2015

Depression on the Road

Depression is something many truck drivers experience. The job can be stressful, the hours longer than anticipated, and friends and family are often hundreds of miles away. Here are some things you can do to help you through any stressful time.

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July 30, 2015

IS GETTING A HAZMAT ENDORSEMENT WORTH IT?

The Department of Transportation defines a dangerous item as, any solid, liquid or gas that can harm people or anything else in the environment. The government regulates most dangerous goods by forcing companies to label containers carrying dangerous goods with specific symbols, making it clear what it contains. Dangerous goods are commonly called hazardous materials…

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March 16, 2015

EASY DOT FOR NEW ENTRANTS

If you’re new to truck driving, you may not fully understand the DOT New Entrant Safety Audit. The safety audit is a mandatory DOT program and anyone with a DOT number will receive a safety audit within one year of receiving their DOT number What Does the Safety Audit Involve? The safety audit consists of a…

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February 26, 2015

WHAT IS THE SAFETY FITNESS DETERMINATION?

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided more insight into what motor carriers can expect from the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule. The SFD is the third part of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program that began almost a decade ago. Once the Safety Fitness Determination rule is published, the FMCSA will have the…

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December 24, 2014

DRINKING AND DRIVING

Drinking and driving is a very serious crime. Progressive Reporting takes drunk driving seriously and advocates for being a safe driver. Before you get behind the wheel, be smart.

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September 17, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE

Membership in a drug and alcohol consortium is required for CDL operators of vehicles carrying a combined GVWR over 26,001 pounds. Failure to participate can result in fines of up to $10,000. Making sure you are compliant with the DOT drug and alcohol regulations can be a tedious and expensive process. Progressive Reporting is here…

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September 13, 2013

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REGULATIONS

Here are some of the most common questions we get regarding 49 CFR Part 40, the DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Regulations section. Who is required to be drug tested? Safety-sensitive employees who operate commercial motor vehicles requiring a CDL, this would include mechanics who test-drive trucks that require a CDL to operate. What drugs are…

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