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With roughly 500 commercial truck accidents happening a year due to alcohol intoxication, it’s critical for drivers, trucking companies, and self owner-operators to understand the risks and liabilities that come with the combination of alcohol and commercial truck driving. What are the regulations and consequences—and how can truck drivers protect themselves, other drivers, and their companies? Below we will explain everything from the legal blood alcohol level to helpful things that drivers can do to avoid drinking while working. A Truck Drivers’ Alcohol Limit Is Cut In Half Truck drivers are monitored much more closely than regular drivers, with good reason. They are...

When it comes to drug testing employees, one of the trucking industry’s biggest problems is the easy access to purchase synthetic urine. Whether it’s for pre-employment, random testing, or anything else, synthetic urine has been presenting a serious issue for the industry for awhile. Failed drug tests remain a serious problem, with many companies complaining that as many as half of applicants fail the drug screening required. What Is Synthetic Urine? It’s fake pee to help employees pass a drug screening. This varies from state to state, but synthetic urine can be purchased at smoke shops, adult shops, online, and even some...

For the commercial trucking industry, DOT compliance regulations require employers to administer post-accident drug testing when a driver is involved in an accident. This means they will be given a drug and alcohol screening when they’re involved in an accident where someone has died, been injured, or where their vehicle has been towed and a ticket has been issued. Can The Police Demand A Drug Test? An employer has the right to demand post-accident drug testing—it’s actually policy, as mentioned above—but police officials do not have that same right. However, they can detain the driver, go before a judge, and get a...

When it comes to DOT compliance for your commercial truck company—even if you’re a self-owned and operated truck owner—there’s no room to make mistakes. DOT regulations are put into place to help prevent accidents, and they are taken very seriously. When a driver violates these regulations, there are many negative repercussions. Besides the fact that the safety of the driver and public are put into jeopardy, the truck company’s reputation can be damaged, and there will be penalties, fees, and maybe even jail time. To help trucking companies and owner-operators, here is a DOT compliance checklist for 2017: Are You Making...

As the owner of a commercial trucking company or a self-owned and operated trucker, it’s of the utmost importance for you to be a responsible with the regulations that come with the career you’ve chosen. This means that your company should be 100% in line with DOT compliance. Even if it’s just you and no employees, you still must adhere to the Department of Transportation and its requirements. Why Drug Testing Is A Necessity DOT compliance requirements include a drug- and alcohol-free work policy for commercial truck drivers—meaning pre-employment drug screens, random drug screens, screens under reasonable suspicion of drug abuse, and...

As the trucking industry continues to be highly competitive, more and more trucking companies are hiring drivers who abide by the rules and regulations set forth by DOT guidelines. Truck companies have seen that by hiring drivers who stick to the rules, they not only gain better drivers, they also help protect their company’s reputation and the safety of the public. With the presence of drug abuse from drivers and the effects this has on their business, truck companies simply can’t risk a bad safety record. With a strong safety record, a trucking company can give themselves a big advantage over...