Department Of Transportation - DOT
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA ) announced that commercial motor vehicle inspectors will be conducting this year’s Brake Safety Week from August 21-27.
Drug and alcohol random testing for commercial drivers has been in existence for 25 years now. The percentages of drivers that must be randomly tested for alcohol and drugs remain the same for 2022. All carriers that employ drivers with CDLs must have a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program. They must randomly test 10% of their drivers for alcohol and 50% for drugs each year. Also, companies are required to conduct pre-employment (drug only), post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up tests. The trucking industry drug use rate is less than half that of other safety-sensitive workers who must be tested. Our office provides a drug and alcohol testing consortium that meets all the DOT requirements. The pool consists of drivers from the U.S. and Canada. The cost is $130 annually for each driver enrolled and covers all the random drug or drug and alcohol collections for a year. Included are the collection site, lab testing, and MRO fees. The required pre-employment drug testing can also be arranged. We have collection sites available nationwide and in Canada. Carriers can enroll their drivers by contacting our office. Once the fee has been paid, the drivers are added to the pool. We can also assist you with the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse initial and annual queries.
Electronic Logging Devices - ELD We offer an ELD device through Geotab. This device is compliant with both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the recordkeeping requirements of IFTA & IRP. You will no longer have to collect and keep your driver's trip reports and paper logbooks. There is no contract with this ELD device, there is a low monthly fee per unit for electronic logs and mileage tracking. There is a one-time setup fee per unit, including the EDL device, database, user, and vehicle setup. There are many reports and alerts available in the system to track and improve the driver’s habits. The unit plugs into the OBM port and the electronic logs are run on your smartphone or a tablet with a data plan. For more information visit our website and click on ELD. We also offer a GPS plan that does not include electronic logs at a low monthly rate per unit per month and a one-time setup fee. You would be able to track all of your vehicles on the map and all mileage would be recorded.
Effective January 1, 2023, the state will collect a mileage tax from carriers that operate vehicles over 26,000 pounds. This new tax will range from 2.5 cents to 17.5 cents per mile. This tax is expected to generate over $90 million for the state. At this time the state has not released any registration and reporting information for the mileage tax. This is only one of the many states looking at imposing a mileage tax on carriers.
All carriers operating in Canada, who currently use electronic records of duty status, will be required to use a certified ELD. There will not be any fines issued for the remainder of this year. ELDs that are used in Canada must be certified by a third party. Enforcement for ELDs will be on January 1, 2023.