What is DOT Compliance?
Simply put, the term “DOT Compliance” refers to meeting the standards established in each of several US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) areas of oversight. DOT regulations govern almost every aspect of the industry. DOT regularly monitors commercial motor carriers in an effort to ensure each company remains in compliance. A violation of any of the standards set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) can lead to severe and costly consequences.
What is a DOT Number and why do you need it?
A Department of Transportation (DOT) number is a number that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) assigns to a registered commercial vehicle. All carrier vehicles that weigh more than a certain amount, carry specific amounts of passengers or operate between state lines require DOT numbers. In most US states, local DOT requirements also apply.
Do I Need a DOT Number For My Business?
A USDOT number is required for a commercial motor vehicle (49 CFR Part 390.5). The term “commercial motor vehicle” refers to any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; or
- Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or
- Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; or
- Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under 49 CFR, subtitle B, chapter I, subchapter C.
Is Your Company DOT Compliant?
DOT compliance should be reviewed regularly to ensure your business is meeting FMCSA regulations. Developing these protocols with your staff is the first step in ensuring your company’s safety and security. Contact us today to discuss how DOT Compliance Consultants, LLC can provide another layer of protection for your growing fleet.