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21 May

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Pre-Employment Screening

May 21, 2014 | By |

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched its Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) to allow commercial motor carriers to access driver inspection and crash records as part of the driver qualification and hiring process. Learn more about this national database in this data sheet.

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Pre Employment Screening

21 May

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Occupational Accident Insurance

May 21, 2014 | By |

It is the third most common insurance policy purchased by Owner Operators. It provides medical, disability, accidental death, and dismemberment benefits, but it’s not worker’s compensation! What is it? Learn more in this data sheet!

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21 May

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Independent Contractor or Employee

May 21, 2014 | By |

The issue of whether an individual may be classified as an independent contractor or employee is increasingly becoming a challenge. Some states are pressuring employers to justify classifications. Learn more by reading this data sheet about the issues.

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Independent Contractor or Employee

21 May

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Got Owner Operators Coverage?

May 21, 2014 | By |

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers!

  • Do you know what coverage to require of Owner Operators and why?
  • Would you like their bobtail policy to cover your deductible if they damage your trailer?
  • Do you spend time chasing renewal certificates of insurance from Owner Operators?

Our bobtail program for fleets will offer you, the motor carrier, the benefits listed in this PDF.

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21 May

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Garage Keepers Coverage

May 21, 2014 | By |

If you run a shop, do some towing, or allow other truckers to park on your premises, you may be held legally liable for loss to a non-owned auto. Learn more about these loss situations and coverage options to protect your business.

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Garage Keepers Coverage

21 May

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Drug and Alcohol Testing

May 21, 2014 | By |

When is a drug test needed? Did the accident involve your CMV? Did the accident occur on a public road? Was someone cited for a moving traffic violation? There are many factors involved.

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Drug and Alcohol Testing

21 May

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Constructive Total Loss

May 21, 2014 | By |

Have you heard of the term “constructive total loss”? You will never forget it if you ever have one!

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Construction Zone Safety Tips

May 21, 2014 | By |

We are all aware that it is vital we exhibit additional caution while driving through construction zones. The nature of construction zones creates unique challenges to drivers, including increased congestion, poorly marked narrow lanes, frequent and sudden stops, merging traffic and workers who may step into your path.

Do you know the most common reasons for accidents in road construction zones?

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Construction Zone Safety Tips

21 May

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Auxiliary Power Units

May 21, 2014 | By |

With increased fuel costs and changes in idling regulations, many truckers have opted to install auxiliary power units (commonly referred to as APUs) to reduce cost and, in some cases, comply with environmental regulations. This option has raised questions on how to insure the equipment property.

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FMCSA Threatens Deactivation of USDOT Numbers of Motor Carriers Who Fail to File Biennial Report

March 15, 2014 | By |

Be Aware!  If this is your year to file your biennial report with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), do not be late or your USDOT number may be deactivated.

As a part of the Unified Registration System (URS), the FMCSA requires all motor carriers, even those whose information has not changed, have ceased interstate operations since their last update, or have not notified the USDOT that they are out of business, to update their information on a bi-annual basis.

Back on November 1, 2013, the FMCSA began issuing warning letters to motor carriers 30 days in advance of their biennial update and those letters included a note that motor carriers’ US DOT numbers would be deactivated and warning and noncompliance alerts would be posted in the FMCSA IT system if they failed to comply.  Here is a guideline to help determine the due date of your biennial report:

  • If the SECOND to last number in your USDOT is odd, you are expected to file every odd-numbered calendar year.
  • If the SECOND to last number in your USDOT number is even, you are expected to file every even-number calendar year, including 2014.

Your report will be due by the last day of the month.  To determine the month due, look to the LAST number of your USDOT number and see the listing below:

 USDOT ends in 1 = January

USDOT ends in 2 = February

USDOT ends in 3 = March

USDOT ends in 4 = April

USDOT ends in 5 = May

USDOT ends in 6 = June

USDOT ends in 7 = July

USDOT ends in 8 = August

USDOT ends in 9 = September

USDOT ends in 0 = October

 

To complete your update, visit www.saferfmcsa.dot.gov and click on the FMCSA Registration & Updates link.  You may also login to the FMCSA portal at http://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login.  There is no charge for the update, but a credit card and your USDOT PIN will be required.  If you have forgotten your PIN, a new one maybe requested online, using your credit card (again, at no charge.)  The new PIN will be mailed to you.  PIN requests can take the FMCSA 4-7 business days to process, plus transit time – so please plan accordingly.

Do you have any questions regarding your biennial report?  Call our offices at (800) 596-TRUCK (8782) today.  At the Navigator Truck Insurance Agency we work hard to be accessible, helpful and result oriented.