Virtual Compliance Reviews—Now What?

Another change since the pandemic started is the FMCSA conducting Compliance Reviews virtually. One of our clients received notification about a compliance review this week and they asked us to help with providing the documentation to the FMCSA, which we are happy to do!

During this webinar we cover what materials the compliance officer requested, how to respond to those requests, and how to prepare for a Compliance Review.

Do I Really Need Bobtail Coverage?

If you are a truck operation and you use owner operators, then yes, you should have bobtail coverage. We have spoken to safety directors, managers, and owners at truck operations and have heard “we don’t need bobtail coverage, because our owner operator drivers are always under dispatch”. While that may be true, there is always a possibility that a driver may not follow the rules.

Driver Incentives—A Different Approach

Safety and compliance programs should contain a driver incentive program. Although companies may have some variation of an incentive program, many are not as effective at improving safety outcomes as they could be. At Transport Safely, we have developed a driver incentive program that is focused on improving CSA SMS BASIC scores and accidents, both core elements that insurance companies monitor to determine if your operation has an effective safety program.

Insurance Agents and the Safety Game

Insurance Agents and the Safety Game

If you are an insurance agent and you try to secure coverage for a transportation company, then you have to provide potential insurance companies proof that your client has some type of safety program. The application process usually has some questions about the type of safety program the company has and who is in charge of the safety program.

Passenger Operation Online Safety Training Program

One challenge many transportation passenger operations like motor coach companies and bus companies face is that they have to develop a safety and training program based on truck operation safety programs. That just doesn’t work! It’s like placing a square peg into a round hole. For years, I completed audits of passenger operations and witnessed firsthand how they struggled with their safety, training, and compliance programs.

Focus on Company Snapshot

Some transportation companies’ safety and training programs are complicated and difficult to navigate. However, these programs should be straightforward, easy to understand, and documented. Company employees should focus on the areas that their automobile liability insurance company and the Department of Transportation (DOT) regularly focus on – BASIC scores, MCS-150 data, accidents, and safety rating.

What is Loss Control?

So, what exactly is loss control? Simply put, it is the controls you have in place to ensure DOT compliance and safety. Your insurance carrier wants to ensure that the company has sufficient controls in place to limit losses that can affect them paying claims.

Avoid Fines: Update Your MCS-150 Report

One of the costly mistakes a transportation company can make is not updating its Motor Carrier Identification Report (MCS-150 Report). This report must be updated every 24-months; failure to do so can lead to a fine up to $10,000 and your company being shut down by the FMCSA.

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