The FMCSA dictates the life of DOT compliance professionals. Over the years, some of the resources and tools they have provided have been lacking at best. Over the last five years, the FMCSA has stepped up its game and is finally giving easy-to-understand and use tools and fleets resources.  These are the top ten websites that offer free resources that all motor carriers should be using. Many of these links are keys to how a motor carrier stay in compliance and stays in business. 

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA is the governing regulatory agency that oversees all commercial motor carriers. You can look up regulations, interpretations, use available tools and resources for commercial motor carriers.  

SMS – FMCSA

Lookup a motor carrier’s safety rating and insurance information through the AI, national trends, and log in to your motor carrier portal.

FMCSA Portal Account

Register or login to your FMCSA portal accounts to view driver information from roadside inspections or crashes.

CSA – Drivers

This CSA website provides printable educational tools for drivers. Motor carriers can print out CSA explanation sheets in English, Spanish, and French. Excellent training resources all motor carriers should be using.

Data Q’s

Data Qs allows you to request and track a review of Federal and State data issued by FMCSA that you feel may be incomplete or incorrect. Use this link to register for a portal account or your account—dispute roadside inspections and crash data through this link.

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse database tracks all commercial drivers’ license holders’ drug and alcohol violations. All motor carriers who have commercial driver license holders must participate in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. 

National Medical Examiners Registry

Search the national database for medical examiner registry confirmation. 

A DOT requirement for driver qualification files.

Motor Carrier Safety Planner – FMCSA

This guide is available to anyone, but carriers with an FMCSA Portal account have the added capability to create a customized version of the ll guide called “My Safety Planner” to save chapters and forms and make highlights and notes about the content most relevant to their operations. 

FMCSA – Resources for Motor Carrier

This website provides additional resources, including motor carrier renewals and registration information, safety training, and regulations—a must-use for any fleet.

Hazardous Materials and Cargo Tank Safety

Motor carriers can view free cargo tank safety training videos and hazardous material regulations, including required training for hazardous materials motor carriers. 

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