Category: Articles

October 7, 2013

DOT New Entrant Safety Audit: Top Eight Reasons Companies Fail

Updated: August 31, 2020 The New Entrant Safety Audit is something every new trucking company owner will go through within the first 12 months of starting their business. It’s a requirement set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to make sure there are policies and procedures in place to follow all appropriate safety regulations….

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What Are My CSA Scores and How Do You Check Them?
[Updated 2021]

Is your trucking company considered “safe” by the FMCSA? As a trucking company owner, you should regularly check your CSA scores to determine if you could be in danger of a warning letter or more inspections. But, if you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a basic overview of what CSA is, how you can…

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September 13, 2013

How To: US DOT Number PIN Request

Hi everyone, this is Chris Vernon with MOTORCARRIERHQ. Today, I’m going to show you how to request your US DOT or MC number PIN. This video shows you step by step how to do it.  Once you make the request, your PIN will be sent to you in a letter and should arrive within four to…

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September 7, 2013

How To Compare Diesel Prices From State to State

If you own a trucking company diesel is one of your biggest expenses so you need to make sure you are getting the lowest priced fuel available.  The problem is, you can’t compare diesel prices like four-wheelers do.  Diesel at a Nevada truck stop that is $4.00 per gallon is not cheaper than diesel at…

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Why You Need to Know Your CSA BASIC Scores

Good CSA BASIC scores will keep the DOT and FMCSA off your back, saving you time, expense and headaches.  The DOT uses BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) scores to identify carriers for CSA interventions (Interventions Are Bad).  If you are above the threshold in one of the BASIC measures, there is a high probability the…

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