In the last issue, the electric Logging Device Mandate (ELD) was discussed. This rule is moving forward and the interstate compliance date is December 18, 2017. If your company will be affected by this mandate, you should begin the process to be in compliance as soon as possible.
The DPS Driver License Division is back up to date with
CDL downgrade time requirements. Once a driver’s
medical certificate expires, DPS will downgrade the license
to a regular Class C license after 60 days. If a commercial
driver is stopped with a downgraded license, they will be
placed out-of-service (OOS) during a roadside inspection
and possibly issued a citation. Ensuring that your drivers
are medically certified and possess valid CDLs will help
prevent this from occurring.
Another important topic is the status of your USDOT
number. If your company makes interstate movements,
you must have a valid USDOT number and display it on both sides of the power unit. A
new out-of-service condition places
vehicles OOS if the USDOT number
has been revoked. Remember, not
having a USDOT number is also a
violation and becomes OOS for a
Lastly, the annual Commercial
Vehicle Safety Alliance National Road
Check will be conducted June 6-8.
All CVE troopers, inspectors, city, and
county DOT officers will be out in
force inspecting CMV’s throughout
the state and nation. Be alert, and
make sure you are in compliance
prior to the road check.