December 2012

Cross your T's and DOT your I's

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Knowing DOT's rules will prevent costly fines and disruptions

by Harry Dietz
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You face daily challenges of complying with a variety of regulatory requirements imposed by federal and local government agencies and departments. A government agency may demand specific action from you regarding environmental protection, occupational safety, fire prevention, building construction and maintenance, company licensing and taxation.

With respect to commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and trucks used in a roofing company's daily operations, the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulatory authority, and it is critical you are aware of and comply with FMCSA's rules.

FMCSA originally was an agency of the Federal Highway Administration; since 2000 it has been part of DOT. Its primary mission is to prevent CMV-related fatalities and injuries. FMCSA develops regulations to test and license CMV drivers and enforces regulations intended to ensure the safe movement of hazardous materials on U.S. roads and highways.

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