4 Months Solo. I Have Questions?

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Jose R.'s Comment
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So I’ve been on my own for 3 months going on 4 and I’ve expirenced something’s that come with the job. I’ve gotten warnings from DOT in 2 places to shut down for trailer lights. I did my pretrip and post. I’ve replaced fuses when found out they didn’t work. How will this affect my CSA score? Also does a backing accident during the training portion/team portion go on your dmv record. No major damage but insurance was exchanged. Happened on my trainers truck.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

PJ's Comment
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They way you worded it I’m not clear. Did Dot place you out of service for the trailer light issue??? If so it will be reported. You used the word warning, which leads me too believe it was a suggestion. Without knowing the issue with the lights it’s unknown which wording is factual. As far as the backing accident, if it was on private property, i. e. customer, truck stop etc then it won’t go on your mvr , but will go on your dac. It’s only dot reportable for your csa if it was death, injury, or tow away

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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PJ said....

It’s only dot reportable for your csa if it was death, injury, or tow away

Obviously death and injury apply to either party, but does the tow a way have to be the truck? Or is it still DOT Reportable if the vehicle you hit was towed away. I'm assuming the entire incident couldn't have any deaths, injury, or any vehicle towed from the scene but just want clarification.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

Jose R.'s Comment
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I was told i would be shut down but it will be received as a fix it ticket and would not go on my driving record. And it was at a TA and I’m sorry but what’s a DAC I’m only familiar with CSA SCORE.

They way you worded it I’m not clear. Did Dot place you out of service for the trailer light issue??? If so it will be reported. You used the word warning, which leads me too believe it was a suggestion. Without knowing the issue with the lights it’s unknown which wording is factual. As far as the backing accident, if it was on private property, i. e. customer, truck stop etc then it won’t go on your mvr , but will go on your dac. It’s only dot reportable for your csa if it was death, injury, or tow away

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

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.

MVR:

Motor Vehicle Record

An MVR is a report of your driving history, as reported from your state Department of Motor Vehicles. Information on this report may include Drivers License information, point history, violations, convictions, and license status on your driving record.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Rob yes the tow away is not cmv specific. It says 1 or more of the involved vehicles requiring to be towed due to diabling damage. Now if a person just wants their vehicle towed and its not diabled at the scene that would not count.

Jose I get the fix it ticket concept. Those do not go on your driving record, however I’m still not clear on the out of service. Did DOT issue you an out of service order besides the fix it ticket, or did they tell you to park it till it was fixed without actually putting you out of service. There is a huge difference between the two situations

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Jose your DAC report is sort of like a credit report for truck drivers. It has all incidents your involved in reported by your company. It also shows your employment history if the company/companies report to them. All your large carriers do, smaller carriers may or may not. It’s not a requirement by any means.

Your CSA score is maintained by fmcsa which is completly seperate.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

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.

Jose R.'s Comment
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All that was told to me by the inspection tech was that I would be shut down but when I went into the station the CHP officer told me to get it fixed but they did hold onto my license until I got written approval from an officer. And the backing accident wasn’t disabling any vehicle it was just chipped a small part of the bump off the other driver and scratched it as well no bigger then a fist.

Rob yes the tow away is not cmv specific. It says 1 or more of the involved vehicles requiring to be towed due to diabling damage. Now if a person just wants their vehicle towed and its not diabled at the scene that would not count.

Jose I get the fix it ticket concept. Those do not go on your driving record, however I’m still not clear on the out of service. Did DOT issue you an out of service order besides the fix it ticket, or did they tell you to park it till it was fixed without actually putting you out of service. There is a huge difference between the two situations

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt M.'s Comment
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If you receive an inspection along with the warning you will get csa points. If you received an inspection it would have been a paper you had to send to your carrier.

My wife got csa points for a headlight being out (during the day no less), and she received a warning and an inspection.

I have no idea about the accident. I wouldn't worry about it too much, these are pretty typical things for a first year driver from what I've seen.

As long as you aren't jumping ship after 3-4 months I don't think they will affect you much. Just don't hit anything else, and keep on top of those pretrip and posttrip inspections (and I like to do a quick walk around when I stop midtrip as well, to check tires and lights mostly).

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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