Why is DOT Compliance important to you the driver?

DOT Compliance Training

DOT Compliance Training

When I first started driving trucks legally at 18, compliance was never really emphasized. Most of what I heard from other drivers wasn’t the best advice either.

Things like “always make sure your load has enough straps” left me with questions like how many and what size?

Roadside inspections and the purpose of annual forms were never mentioned. When I got into a DOT position, I struggled to explain why these things were crucial.

But as I learned about liability and how it affects both the driver and the company, I started educating others on the importance of compliance.

What I didn’t realize was that breaking hours of service rules not only put me at risk, but also my family. It could lead to serious charges, even homicide.

Another eye-opener was that my results during a port of entry inspection determined whether our company would face audits or more inspections. These audits could cost a company a significant amount of money.

In 2022 alone, the government issued over $25 million in fines during audits. That’s a staggering number!

When I used to get pulled into a port of entry, I’d often hear, “This is just a fix-it ticket, no fines today!” But those violations add up and lead to more inspections and potential audits.

Drivers should also be aware that they can get hefty tickets for these violations. I know someone who got a $10,000 overweight ticket for being just slightly over.

Understanding DOT is incredibly important for drivers and company leaders. Drivers who grasp its significance can become advocates for the company.

It’s our duty as leaders to educate and encourage our team members to do things right. That’s why we offer comprehensive training, both in-person and virtually, as well as train-the-trainer options. Our web-based software DOT Docs provides convenient training that can be completed from anywhere with an internet connection.

We also offer DOT certifications for those ready to take their knowledge to the next level.

Here at Eclipse DOT, we’re committed to helping you grow and scale your business effortlessly. We’ve got you covered every step of the way!

If you want to learn more about any of our services or how you can work with us to make your businesses even more amazing reach out today! info@eclipse-dot.com or check out our website.  www.eclipsedot.com

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