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Have you updated your MCS 150 in the last two years? 


The FMCSA requires that all companies under FMCSA jurisdiction are to perform the update every two years as part of the new Unified Registration System, even if nothing has changed, the company no longer is involved in interstate operations or is no longer in business, but has yet to notify the agency.

Failure to complete an update can result in the deactivation of a U.S. DOT number and a civil penalty of up to a $1,000 per day, but not to exceed $10,000.


When should you update?

Your Biennial Update filing schedule is determined by your specific USDOT number.


To find your filing schedule, click here.


Biennial Update Questions?

Find answers to common Biennial Update questions here.



FMCSA Updates!




The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a number of miscellaneous technical corrections to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  79 Fed. Reg. 59450 (October 2, 2014). 


The changes are intended to correct errors and omissions, ensure conformity with Office of the Federal Register style guidelines, update references, and improve clarity and consistency of certain regulatory provisions. This rule does not make any substantive changes to the affected regulations.




A final rule to eliminate the requirement to maintain records of driver vehicle inspection reports when no defect is noted is expected to be published in November, according to the latest regulatory agenda of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  The proposed rule has been at the Office of Management and Budget since July 31, 2014; OMB clearance is anticipated by the end of this month.  According to the White House, adoption of this final rule will save motor carriers approximately $1.2 billion each year in administrative expense.  Carriers will still need to create and maintain written records of inspections when a vehicle defect is found during an inspection.




The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published regulatory guidance concerning hearing-impaired drivers and the requirement that all CMV drivers must be able to read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public and respond to official inquiries.  79 Fed. Reg. 59139 (October 1, 2014).  The agency stated that for hearing impaired drivers who have been granted an exemption from the hearing standard, but cannot speak English, the ability to read and write in English is sufficient to satisfy the English-language requirement.


The FMCSA explained that the English-language rule should not be construed to prohibit operation of a CMV by hearing impaired drivers who can read and write in the English language but do not speak, for whatever reason.  Apparently, some hearing impaired drivers had been told by State licensing agency officials that they do not meet the English language requirement essentially because they do not speak.




On October 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sent its draft advance notice of proposed rule-making on minimum financial responsibility requirements to the Office of Management and Budget for review. 


In April 2014, the FMCSA released the findings of its report to Congress on the adequacy of the minimum financial responsibility standards for for-hire motor carriers and hazardous materials transporters.  The report concludes that these liability requirements, which have not changed since 1985, are ripe for revision.


The report states that the agency had formed a rule-making team to further evaluate the appropriate level of financial responsibility for the motor carrier industry and had placed this rule-making among its high priority rules. The ANPRM does not contain any specific regulatory proposal, but seeks comments from interested parties and is considered a prelude to a proposed rule.


The agency's report to Congress states that at inflation-adjusted rates, the $750,000 minimum requirement for motor carriers established in 1985 would be $1.623 million in current dollars; using a Consumer Price Index adjuster for medical expenses, that amount would be $3.188 million in current dollars.  The $5 million minimum for certain hazardous materials carriers would be $10.825 million in today's dollars; using a medical expenses CPI adjuster the limit would be $21.255 million in current dollars.


The ANPRM does not discuss minimum financial responsibility standards for non-hazmat private motor carriers.  The FMCSA says it will consider minimum liability standards for private fleets in a separate rule-making.



Did you know?


When the weather turns cold I occasionally get questions about placing heaters in the trailers or in a straight truck body to keep cargo warm.  The FMCSA has specific regulations regarding the type of heaters being used and specifications.  Use the following link to access CFR 393.77:



Got Chains?


If you are operating in state that require chains to be on board, make sure the chains are the correct size, properly secured, clean, and not broken as to be easily applied when necessary. 


Not sure what your states chain laws are go to:



October 10, 2014



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You can download a sample CDL test from the state of California HERE.


You can register HERE with the State of Louisiana and have them send you an electronic report via e-mail when your commercial motor vehicle, with a US DOT number, undergoes a roadside inspection in the state of Louisiana. You do not need to be a Louisiana based carrier to receive the reports.




 Fire Prevention Week

 Oct. 5-11, 2014


National Fire Prevention Week is coming and it is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor vehicle.

Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver's daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it pressure due to a leak or was used and returned to the truck without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time of a fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of loss. 




Operation Safe Driver Week is October 19-25, 



During the week of October 19-25, 2014, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and car drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.





The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.



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