Confusion About What Is DOT Recordable.

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Jason M.'s Comment
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So I received a message from a recruiter saying " Jason, I can go ahead and run your reports to see if you're qualified. If it's just those 2 accidents, you should be fine. But if they were both DOT recordable , then they are going to want to see the accident reports for both of those since they are inside 5 years old."

What makes something a DOT recordable accident? One was tagging a street light on a right hand turn (no ticket) and the other was a minor accident in a parking lot (front of my truck hit the front of another while backing...no ticket or police involved).

The backing accident isn't even on my DAC. Just trying to figure out what is DOT recordable and what isn't.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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So I received a message from a recruiter saying " Jason, I can go ahead and run your reports to see if you're qualified. If it's just those 2 accidents, you should be fine. But if they were both DOT recordable , then they are going to want to see the accident reports for both of those since they are inside 5 years old."

What makes something a DOT recordable accident? One was tagging a street light on a right hand turn (no ticket) and the other was a minor accident in a parking lot (front of my truck hit the front of another while backing...no ticket or police involved).

The backing accident isn't even on my DAC. Just trying to figure out what is DOT recordable and what isn't.

Any accident with fatalities, injuries or involving more than one vehicle. There may also be some grey areas too (like roll-overs or hitting a low overpass).

You are okay though.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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So I received a message from a recruiter saying " Jason, I can go ahead and run your reports to see if you're qualified. If it's just those 2 accidents, you should be fine. But if they were both DOT recordable , then they are going to want to see the accident reports for both of those since they are inside 5 years old."

What makes something a DOT recordable accident? One was tagging a street light on a right hand turn (no ticket) and the other was a minor accident in a parking lot (front of my truck hit the front of another while backing...no ticket or police involved).

The backing accident isn't even on my DAC. Just trying to figure out what is DOT recordable and what isn't.

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Any accident with fatalities, injuries or involving more than one vehicle. There may also be some grey areas too (like roll-overs or hitting a low overpass).

You are okay though.

Clarification: one or more vehicles requiring a tow-away.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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The DOT defines an accident as an occurrence involving a commercial motor vehicle which results in:

a) A fatality

b) Bodily injury to a person who, as a result of the injury, immediately receives medical treatment away from the scene of the accident

c) One or more of the vehicles incurs disabling damage, requiring it to be towed from the scene

Rick

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • DOT:

    Department Of Transportation

    A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

    State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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