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Why YOU Should Invite Us In For A Micro Audit

Why YOU Should Invite Us In For A Micro Audit

One of the things that our company does is micro audits. This is where we come in to answer any questions you might have. Then go over 1-2 driver files. your drug and alcohol policy. 1-2 vehicle maintenance files. A small portion of your Hours Of Service (HOS). ...

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Vehicle Maintenance Files Part 3

Vehicle Maintenance Files Part 3

Holy cow we have 5 blogs just on vehicle maintenance files!  What a process it is just to track your vehicle maintenance for your CMV’s Well let’s not take a ton of time chatting and just start digging into what's left for Vehicle Maintenance files. Annual DOT...

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Vehicle Maintenance File Part 2

Vehicle Maintenance File Part 2

Let’s just start with the crazy fact that there are tons of regulations for companies that operate a commercial vehicle in this country! The great thing is that the whole team at Eclipse DOT is here to simplify regulations and make them easy to understand, and even...

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Deeper Dive into Vehicle Maintenance Files Part One

Deeper Dive into Vehicle Maintenance Files Part One

Last week we gave you a HUGE amount of information about everything that needs to be in a vehicle maintenance file.  The first thing we want to start with is that it is way easier in the event of an audit if you create a folder, digitally or on paper, for each unit...

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Vehicle Maintenance Files Over-View

Vehicle Maintenance Files Over-View

“take time to do it right the first time, i promise it will save you a massive amount headache and $$$”― dan Greer- COO. Eclipse DOT Over the past few years, we have talked until we were literally blue in the face about driver qualification files. But the other day I...

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Annual Responsibilities

Annual Responsibilities

IRP, IFTA, UCR, ABC, 123… Blah, blah, blah.  Do you guys remember the teacher from Charlie Brown? Every single time she spoke all we heard was, “Wah, wah wah, wah wah wah.” Complete and utter nonsense, right?  I imagine that’s how you think we sound when we are...

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Passenger Vehicles

Passenger Vehicles

We are back! And we are stoked to talk a bit about a portion of vehicle inspections that we tend to get a lot of questions on. Passenger vehicles! When do I need the P (Passenger) Endorsement on my CDL? It’s required when the vehicle is designed to transport 16...

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Vehicle Inspections Part 1 – In Cab Inspections

Vehicle Inspections Part 1 – In Cab Inspections

Here at Eclipse DOT, as many of you know, we conduct a ton of CDL tests and CDL training to ensure you and your drivers can safely and properly inspect a vehicle prior to driving it. Something we spend a good chunk of time on when training is completing a vehicle...

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Back, back, back it on up…

Back, back, back it on up…

If you have been through the process of acquiring a CDL, I am sure you remember the difficulties you experienced the first time you tried to back up your trailer and finish with it right where you wanted it. It isn’t rocket science, but if you don’t know what you’re...

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Why DOT Compliance is Important?

Why DOT Compliance is Important?

Hey guys, it’s me again Dan Greer from Eclipse DOT.  Today, we will be looking a little further into DOT and why it is important that everyone should be in compliance.  Let’s start with why it’s so important. One of the biggest reasons why DOT compliance is so...

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ELDT What?

ELDT What?

The CDL License has been getting harder and harder to get. You used to be able to study hard, read the handbook, take your written test, acquire the permit, and after learning the ropes, you take your driving test, then… BANG! You have got yourself a commercial...

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How to Do In-Cab Inspection

How to Do In-Cab Inspection

  In a time-sensitive industry like trucking, an inspection can consume a significant amount of time that could have been spent on the road.  It's no surprise that inspections lasting only 10 to 15 minutes are common.  As if that weren't bad enough, some drivers...

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UCR? What the heck is it and do I really need it?

UCR? What the heck is it and do I really need it?

Most people might be unfamiliar with UCR. One of the most frequently asked questions is what in the heck is UCR and do I need it? UCR or the Unified Carrier Registration is a requirement for any and all companies or individuals that operate commercial vehicles and...

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The Truth About Hauling Hazmat

The Truth About Hauling Hazmat

Did you know that if you haul hazmat materials, you need to have a registration number with the PHMSA?  Not only that, but you need to update/renew your permit every year. https://portal.phmsa.dot.gov/ is where you can get that done. It doesn’t stop there, though. If...

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The Truth About Hauling Hazmat.

The Truth About Hauling Hazmat.

Did you know that if you haul hazmat materials you need to have a registration number with the PHMSA?  Not only that but you need to update/renew your permit every year. https://portal.phmsa.dot.gov/ is where you can get that done. It doesn’t stop there though. If you...

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www.DOTDocs.com

www.DOTDocs.com

DOT can be pretty brutal and intimidating & you might be wondering what compliance looks like in the trucking industry.  Here are just a few of the main categories that are included in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, FMCSR’s Vehicle Maintenance,...

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The FACTS About Drug Testing

The FACTS About Drug Testing

You probably already know this but there are different “pools” for different jobs within the DOT drug testing. To start with there is FMCSA, and FTA, and FAA, PHMSA, and a few more. What do all of these acronyms mean? FMCSA: Federal Motor Carrier Administration FTA:...

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Entry  Level Driver Training

Entry Level Driver Training

If you haven't heard yet. Startartign next February, to be exact February 7th 2022. Anyone who wants to upgrade their CDL or get their initial CDL will have to go through Entry Level Driver Training. While I completely understand the premises behind this rule, I...

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Annual DOT Inspections

Annual DOT Inspections

Did you know that every CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) needs to have an annual DOT inspection every single year? Any vehicle that is used as a CMV.  FMCSA identifies a CMV as any vehicle that is used for interstate commerce and has a GCWR (Gross Combined Weight...

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Hours of Service Exemptions

Hours of Service Exemptions

Hours Of Service Exemptions Exceptions From the Hours-of-Service Regulations Category Type of Exception Conditions That Must Be Met 49 CFR Section Adverse driving conditions • Up to 2 additional hours of driving time Drivers are allowed to extend the 11/10-hour...

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HOS for Passenger Carrying Vehicles The Details

HOS for Passenger Carrying Vehicles The Details

In a past Blog we gave you the HOS FACTS about passenger Carrying CMV’s Now we are going to dig into the rules about vehicles that carry passengers so you can better understand them. On Duty time What is considered “On Duty” time? Pretty much anything that you get...

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HOS for Property Carrying Vehicles The Details

In a past blog we gave you the FACTS about HOS. In a past blog we gave you the FACTS about HOS Now we get to go a little deeper into the rules so you can better understand them. Today we are going to focus on property-carrying vehicles.  We will write a whole other...

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Who needs to worry about Hours of Service?

Who needs to worry about Hours of Service?

Everyone is diffrent this is how we did it for over 5 years! 7.9.21 Who needs to worry about Hours of Service? In another blog we gave you the quick and easy bullet points of HOS.   This is where we get to dive deeper into HOS so you can have a better understanding of...

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The Basic Facts About HOS

The Basic Facts About HOS

We seem to be getting a ton of questions about Hours of Service (HOS) lately! So we thought why not write a blog answering all of those questions. Let's jump in and get started. The Facts Property carrying vehicles You can only drive for 11 hours You can’t drive after...

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Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training Guidance

Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training Guidance

“The greatest mistake to make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.”  -Elbert Hubbard U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug & Alcohol Supervisor Training Guidance  Have you ever received a notice stating the following?  “Your Company is out...

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DOT Hazmat Awareness Training

DOT Hazmat Awareness Training

Don't let a lack of knowledge get you into a bind when it comes to Hazardous Materials Every day facilities across America send out thousands of shipments.  We depend on safe and efficient transportation by air, land, and sea to get these goods to their destinations....

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You want to cross state lines with your CDL truck?

You want to cross state lines with your CDL truck?

“Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”Albert Einstein So you want to cross state lines with your CDL truck, there are a few things that you need to know before you do it. The first thing is to make sure your DOT number is set up...

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Load Securement

Load Securement

"There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive"  B.C. Forbes Do you have a rub rail on your vehicle? Are all of your securing devices on the inside of your rub rail? If you don’t have a rub rail are there any...

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Roadside Inspections

Roadside Inspections

"The Road to Success and the Road to failure are almost exactly the same." Colin R. Davis   Roadside inspections, The Facts. When drivers look in their rearview mirror and spot a state patrol vehicle, they probably imagine potential scenarios that could take...

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CDL vs CMV vs NON DOT drivers

CDL vs CMV vs NON DOT drivers

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"  President Ronald Regan  Let's start with the difference between CDL, CMV, non DOT drivers.   Most people think that they are pretty much the same thing.  ...

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What is a Non-CDL CMV?

What is a Non-CDL CMV?

"A Good Truck Driver Can't even Spell CDL.  Just kidding" Anonymous  What is a Non-CDL CMV?   Holy cow that was a ton of acronyms to have in the first sentence of a blog.  Lol Let's start with what those mean.  CMV = Commercial Motor Vehicle.  In layman's terms, a CMV...

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Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

No, I’m not talking about the clearinghouse where they show up at your doorstep and give you a giant check for 1 million dollars.  This is the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse that took effect just over a year ago.   On Jan 6th, 2020 the FMCSA started the...

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The FLEET side of DOT compliance

The FLEET side of DOT compliance

We have been getting a ton of questions around the fleet side of DOT compliance. Let’s start with all the companies that send you letters saying your out of compliance and in danger of being fined $10,000 a day. Have you ever gotten one of those letters? We feel that...

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Do I Need a DOT Number

Do I Need a DOT Number

Knowing if you need a DOT number can be confusing we're going to help you determine whether you need one or not. The first question we have is do you operate vehicles?  Yes! Is it for business or personal use? If it's for personal use and you're not making any money...

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Do I need A CDL

Do I need A CDL

When I first went to work for a rather large company I had a guy come up to me and asked me “hey Dan do I need a CDL to drive this truck?” He's driving a 1 ton dually pickup pulling a gooseneck trailer. I said, “let's walk over and look at the truck,  so I  can show...

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HOS, Know the FACTS

HOS, Know the FACTS

Hours of Service can be confusing, we help you navigate through the regulations. HOS is vital for all Commercial Vehicle (CMV) drivers to know. First, we need to start with who are CMV drivers. The federal government states that anyone who operates a vehicle with a...

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Short Haul exemption & the 70 Limit for CMV drivers

Short Haul exemption & the 70 Limit for CMV drivers

There are tons of things to talk about under the Short Haul Exemption, but we're not going to get into the weeds today. What we're going to focus on is the 70 hours in 8-day or 60 hours in 7-day rule. Did you know that under the short haul exemption you still have to...

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The Truth About Commercial Motor Vehicles

The Truth About Commercial Motor Vehicles

I am going to apologize for this blog before you start to ready it.  This is going to be a ton of facts all thrown at you all at once.  If you make it to the end you are either really interested in DOT or you are one tough dude or dudet. Lol Let’s start with what is a...

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Pump the Brakes!

Pump the Brakes!

Have you ever wondered what exactly is involved in stopping your vehicle? Whether it is small or large the basic components and principles of stopping the vehicle are the same; however, there are two different sources that power the brakes, hydraulic (which uses...

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Hours of Service

Hours of Service

This month we will be covering Hours of Service or HOS.  HOS is vital for all Commercial Vehicle (CMV) drivers to know.  First, we need to start with who are CMV drivers.  The federal government states that anyone who operates a vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Weight...

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The facts about DQ files

The facts about DQ files

Driver Qualifications (DQ) files can be tricky. We want to help you know exactly what need to be in them. We have been getting tons of questions on drive files so we thought we would take a moment and explain exactly what you need and how long you need to keep it. The...

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Hazmat vs Placarding??

Hazmat vs Placarding??

First of all, let’s identify how the Department of Transportation (DOT) defines Hazardous Materials or Hazmat. .. DOT defines a hazardous material as any item or chemical which, when being transported or moved in commerce, is a risk to public safety or the...

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CVSA Annual Conference

CVSA Annual Conference

With so many ways to newtork where do YOU start? I will start by apologizing for all of the acronyms in this post. The DOT techie side came out as I wrote it. lol Recently I attended the CVSA annual conference in Biloxi Mississippi. It was awesome to be able to be in...

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How to fight distracted driving, and WIN

How to fight distracted driving, and WIN

Distraction are everywhere, we think we can multitask, the truth is we can’t. We weren’t designed to multitask. It’s like having too many windows open on your computer. Your reaction time slows down. From the inside you don’t realize it, but it’s definitely...

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Change is in the Air for Hours of Service

Change is in the Air for Hours of Service

FMCSA Publishes proposed rule change for HOS On august 14th the FMCSA published their long awaited proposed rule changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. They have proposed five new rule changes that will have all industries celebrating and ELD providers may...

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Diving into Exemptions

Diving into Exemptions

The best way to explain DOT regulations is, they’re like an iceberg! I wasn’t thinking about huge and massive, or cold hearted and boring. But both of those seem to fit when you start looking at the them. I was talking about how most of the regulations you don’t see,...

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“No Violations” NO PROBLEM

“No Violations” NO PROBLEM

A sure-fire way to pass a roadside inspection We’ve all failed a roadside inspection in the past but that’s not going to stop us from driving. So let’s wipe away those tears and pull up our big girl panties and keep on trucking. There’s a few things that you really...

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Roadside Inspections & What YOU Need to Know

Roadside Inspections & What YOU Need to Know

Roadside inspections can be brutal. This will help you know the facts! This month we will be talking about the different levels of vehicle inspection that are conducted at Ports Of Entry (POE) or roadside inspection stations. We will also discuss what the officer will...

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The Facts about CMVs

The Facts about CMVs

Who is ultimately responsible for determining if a driver is qualified to operate a vehicle for the company? Most employees believe that it is the companies’ responsibility, while most employers believe it is the drivers’ responsibility. The truth is that is both the...

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The Clearinghouse will it really be worth it?

The Clearinghouse will it really be worth it?

The goverment might have put the cart before the horse, but what else is new! By now most us have at least heard about the NEW clearinghouse that the federal government put into effect on Jan 6th 2020.  There is a lot of different “facts” floating around out there...

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Avoid Heat Illnesses

Avoid Heat Illnesses

We have to watch out for one-another! If you see anyone suffering from a Heat Related Illness don’t wait to get them help. You might just save their LIFE   This month we will be talking about heat illness. I know most of you spend the majority of your day in your...

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