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What are the FMCSA rules for tie downs and truck load securement?

Dec 21, 2022 11:28:17 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Safety, FMCSA, DOT


One of the responsibilities of a truck driver is to make sure that their load is secure and tied down. This means using chains, straps, tarps and other means to make sure that the load is safely fastened to the trailer and has no risk of shifting or falling off while in transit.

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What is coercion in the trucking industry?

Dec 20, 2022 10:54:12 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Driver Retention, FMCSA, CDL, DOT


Being a owner/operator is one the most stressful jobs a person can take on. There are multiple pressures being applied from many different directions. Driver's have to deal with brokers, dispatchers, shippers, carriers, DOT, weather and traffic just to name a few.

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DOT Violations Issued to bulk haulers by state in 2022

Dec 20, 2022 8:34:06 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Fines, FMCSA, DOT


So far in 2022 the Department of Transportation (DOT) executed over 725,000 inspections and issued 649,000 violations to bulk commodity haulers across the US. We take a look at the numbers of inspections and violations that were held in each state and see which FMCSA BASIC measure were enforced the most.

The violations are grouped together based on which BASIC category that they fall under. Some violations do not fall under a specific BASIC category and were not counted in the tables.

The commodities that were used in this report come from the FMCSAs Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Carriers who reported hauling the following commodities were used:

  • Livestock
  • Produce
  • Grain/feed
  • Meat
  • Drybulk
  • Cold food
  • Beverages
  • Farm supply

Read below to see how many inspections your state started and and how many of those inspections turned into violations.


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The Level 1 DOT Inspection Procedure

Dec 16, 2022 10:07:46 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in FMCSA, DOT, DataQ


The level 1 inspection is the one of 8 levels of inspections performed by DOT in the trucking industry. It is one of the most intensive inspections performed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for commercial motor vehicles. The level 1 inspection involves reviewing the driver's documents as well as walking around the equipment to make sure that everything follows the FMCSA's regulations.

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DTC codes, fault codes, and why your truck's check engine light is on

Dec 15, 2022 12:41:10 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Maintenance


If you have ever driven a vehicle in your lifetime then you have seen a check engine light on the dashboard. This is one of the worst lights in any vehicle because there are so many different things that can turn this on and it's hard to know what the reason is without getting it checked by a professional.

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