Have you ever looked for an easy-to-use solution for Driver Qualification Files (DQ Files, or Driver Files)??
I know that when I first got handed DOT, the company I worked for had NOTHING!
When I say nothing, I mean we had nothing. Not even one driver file. No driver application.
We literally had personal files, and none of the applications came even close to meeting the Federal requirements. (FMCSA)
So, I built a DOT program from the ground up. And just after our company got audited, I was on a time crunch, to say the least.
The reason for the time crunch was that when the officers finished the audit, they said that if they didn’t see improvement in the next 90 days, then they were going to come back and threatened to pull our operating authority.
And get this, I wasn’t handed the position of DOT manager until 45 days after the audit. Before that, I was just a trainer.
So I jumped through a TON of hops really quick and worked a TON of hours. There were times that I thought my wife was going to go crazy because I was working sooooo much.
But I never gave up.
And guess what!
Within my 45 day deadline, we were……….
NOT IN COMPLIANCE!!! not even close!
I had about 90 out of 600 driver files put together. And I just kept waiting for the cops to call and say that they were coming back next week so I’d better get my stuff together.
Stressed doesn’t even begin to explain what I felt every day.
I made a goal for myself. It was to get 100% on the driver files by January 1st. and I got handed the job in June.
As I built the DOT program for our company of 1800 people with 1200 drivers there was a lot to track and to keep up on.
It seemed that I kept running into setback after setback, but I never gave up. I just kept moving forward, pivoting as needed to keep the momentum.
I not only made my personal goal of getting the files 100% by January I made it by October!
During that time I also implemented the entire DOT program. Don’t get me wrong I continued to shape it and make it better every day. I would tweak it, then tweak it again, and again. I just kept doing it until finally it was running pretty smoothly.
But I never quit trying to make it better.
After 2.5 years of running the DOT program for that company, we got acquired. And I was asked to join the team of the other company’s DOT.
Then the DOT manager of that company pulled me into her office and said, “Dan you are an asset, I need you to take over DOT for 5 of the 6 companies. Can you do that?”
Sure, why not! Lol
So, I took on another 900 drivers spread out across the country. And their DOT was about where ours was when I first started.
But get this, it only took me 30 days to get them into compliance, because I had figured out how to do it. most of all I had a framework to follow that worked.
That framework had everything in it from how to talk to the drivers, their leaders, and the presidents of the companies.
So that was nothing.
I was so proud of the ducted-tape mess of spreadsheets, calendar reminders, and other free things that I found and spent tons of time creating this DOT solution.
Then after another 3 years of working with these amazing companies and people. I finally got the courage to start my own business, Eclipse DOT.
At this point you might be asking yourself, “Dan why are you telling me all this, I’m not you and I don’t have the knowledge you do about DOT!”
Neither did I when I first started! So, I know how you feel no matter where you are at in the process, because I have been there.
I have started with nothing, I have joined companies with some, and I have been through multiple acquisitions.
That is exactly why we built DOT Docs. www.DOTDocs.com
I took those frameworks that I built and perfected then built a software that others could use to make their lives simpler. At least when it comes to DOT!
DOT Docs is the all-in-one tool when it comes to DOT Compliance.
We have an inside joke here at the office, we call it the Turbo Tax of DOT.
So simple that anyone could do it. Simple enough for one driver, and also robust enough to handle multiple companies, DOT numbers, Divisions, and yes even terminals.
If you don’t believe me, then my team would love to show you exactly what it can do.
You can sign up for a Demo here!!
If you are one of those people who just love to do it on your own, then head over to www.DOTDocs.com and get your free 30-day trial right NOW!!
Seriously what are you waiting for?
This is literally the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to DOT!
When I first started building DOT Docs, I took the time to make sure that we kept it simple to use. That meant that we had to put TONS of extra time and $$$ into the design and user experience.
And we did just that.
I took all of my frameworks, processes, and procedures, then put them all into DOT Docs.
But we didn’t stop there.
Because I know that I don’t know everything (no matter what my wife might tell you I think lol) I went to the industry and found over a dozen companies from across the board that could use a tool like this.
Then I asked them to help us build it.
No money, just their wisdom, and thoughts.
We took their advice and built the FIRST EVER All-IN-ONE DOT COMPLIANCE SOLUTION THAT IS BUILT BY THE INDUSTRY, FOR THE INDUSTRY!!!
A lot of people ask me, does it work?
Last year alone our team helped more than 56 companies with audits and NONE OF THEM HAD ANY VIOLATIONS that resulted in fines!!!
That right there is proof that no other DOT platform has!
So, check it out www.DOTDocs.com!!!
See you on the Inside!