Connecting the DOT's rules

Ensure your company remains in compliance with updated DOT rules

As you know, a large portion of roofing work involves transporting equipment and materials to job sites, and doing so usually involves trucking operations. The Department of Transportation's (DOT's) rules regarding qualifications of drivers, operation and marking of trucks carrying loads, registration of the company using the trucks and a host of other compliance requirements usually come into play during your trucking operations.

From an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) perspective, when your employees handle certain materials, such as those that qualify as hazardous materials under OSHA regulations, to, from and on a job site, you must comply with OSHA's unique requirements, including training obligations, so you maintain a safe and healthy work environment. And you also must follow DOT's provisions related to truck operations with which your company must comply. DOT's key requirements are as follows.

USDOT Numbers

Companies operating certain trucks in interstate commerce come under the jurisdiction of DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The first step when evaluating your company's interaction with FMCSA is to determine whether you are required to register for a USDOT Number. USDOT Numbers are used by DOT to monitor a company's or independent owner's or operator's safety management practices and controls. You must obtain a USDOT Number if you have a vehicle that operates in interstate commerce and the vehicle meets one of the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • The vehicle is designed or used to transport, for compensation, more than eight passengers, including the driver.
  • The vehicle is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation.
  • The vehicle is used to transport hazardous material in a quantity requiring placarding.