True story, for those carriers that have a US DOT Number.

Ingenuity in the truck

One of my newer clients was recently audited by the US DOT. (YES, the US is still performing audits and it was over Zoom) Overall they did pretty well. But the US DOT had two recommendations for improving their process.

Both of the recommendations, I believe, are items that all US bound Should pay attention to.

First Recommendation was to use Data Q

The first recommendation was to submit some of the qualifying crashes to “Data Q” and see if we could get the points removed. When the auditor reviewed the collisions, they noted that had the collisions that qualified had the points removed; the company would not be in “Alert” for the crash basic. The client being in “Alert” for the Crash Basic caused the DOT Audit.

I find many companies that go to the US do not understand the process of having qualifying crash points removed from their crash basic. I have created a video showing you step-by-step how to request the removal. You can view it here:

If you need assistance, please reach out. I would be happy to help.

Second REC, Annual Query

The second recommendation concerned the “Annual Query” to the “Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.”

The company had not performed their annual queries. They also had not engaged their drug testing consortium to do it on their behalf.

So this is a reminder to all of you. Annual queries for all your US drivers must be performed at least once every 12 months.

You can either do this or have your consortium do it on your behalf for a small fee. Either way, you are responsible for ensuring this gets done annually. More information can be found here: Clearinghouse


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Chris Harris has been around trucks all his life. His Grandfather and Father both owned trucking companies. Chris started in the trucking industry in his early 20’s and ever since has been in the involved. He started his career as a driver, then manager then into the safety department. Chris learned how insurance companies viewed safety when he joined a trucking insurer. Over that 14-year period with the Insurnace company, he honed his safety expertise.  In 2015, Chris started on his own, forming Safety Dawg Inc. Safety Dawg Inc is a well-trusted safety consultant company who helps their clients with their CVOR, SMS, Trucking insurance and compliance. Over the years, Chris has earned the designations, Certified Director of Safety (CDS), Canadian Risk Management (CRM) and Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP). And Chris now is a co-host of a weekly podcast. Every Friday he releases a new episode of the “Trucking Risk and Insurance Podcast.”  The show appears on YouTube and in your favourite podcast player.