New Driver, First Time Getting Pulled Over, What Now?

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Howdy again, 'Not I.'

"If at ALL." Your words. Have you discussed it with 'safety' at YOUR company? Do we know of them????

Have you looked at an abstract online from your DMV/BMV? (Again, adding your state to the profile (at least) would help the pro's on here, help you.

Next: Have you gotten your 1x a year 'free' DAC? Keep in mind, these take awhile to 'update' in the HireRight system.

Here's the link: Copy of DAC from HireRight (Drive'A'Check fyi..)

Also, check out your PSP score: PSP (Pre Employment Screening) link.

A PSP record costs $10. This fee includes a search on your current commercial driver's license record, and/or any commercial drivers license you have held during the last five years. You need to provide the license number and license state for each license.

Finally, look up your company on Saferweb; see their overall score, compared to the nat'l average, here: Safer/FMCSA.

Scroll to the bottom, and search by company name. This will give you an idea if your company takes safety 'seriously' or not.

Best to ya!

~ Anne ~

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

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.

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.

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.

Bmv:

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.

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.

Not I.'s Comment
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Howdy again, 'Not I.'

"If at ALL." Your words. Have you discussed it with 'safety' at YOUR company? Do we know of them????

Have you looked at an abstract online from your DMV/BMV? (Again, adding your state to the profile (at least) would help the pro's on here, help you.

Next: Have you gotten your 1x a year 'free' DAC? Keep in mind, these take awhile to 'update' in the HireRight system.

Here's the link: Copy of DAC from HireRight (Drive'A'Check fyi..)

Also, check out your PSP score: PSP (Pre Employment Screening) link.

A PSP record costs $10. This fee includes a search on your current commercial driver's license record, and/or any commercial drivers license you have held during the last five years. You need to provide the license number and license state for each license.

Finally, look up your company on Saferweb; see their overall score, compared to the nat'l average, here: Safer/FMCSA.

Scroll to the bottom, and search by company name. This will give you an idea if your company takes safety 'seriously' or not.

Best to ya!

~ Anne ~

Found them, so what am I looking at there/for to judge how safe my workplace is. Says satisfactory at the bottom. We're a couple crashes and injuries I seen though above that.

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

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.

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.

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.

Bmv:

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.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Here's the deal..... You were already told above a couple of times that your employer may or may not choose to report it on your DAC. A DAC is sort of like a credit score that follows a CDL holder showing the type of employee he is. This can be stuff like "Preventable Incident: scraped a trailer" "Non Preventable accident:. Hit a deer". A big one that prevents jobs is "failure to follow company policy"

Many employers keep an internal record but only report it to the DAC database when you quit. I think they have like 30 days or 60 days to add anything. (help me out here someone?)

So if I have 2 incidents of scraping trailers and an accident of banging up my truck.... They could choose to remove one or both the incidents to help me. It's up to them

"Points" you get can go on your CSA score. Overweight tickets, falsifying logs tickets etc can lead to safety points that stay on for 3 years and have various point values. Neither of these affect your personal vehicle driving record or insurance

You are indeed misinformed because only your employer can determine what goes on your DAC. If you are planning on staying... So what... It doesn't matter unless they fire you. And sounds like your manager didn't care. Learn to pretrip . You would have caught that bulb. And get better

Stop letting idiots get you upset about things.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

G-Town's Comment
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Kearsey wrote:

Stop letting idiots get you upset about things.

Great quote! Profoundly appropriate for many aspects of this job.

*like

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