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FMCSA Overview

Written by: The Deerfield Team The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the safety of Commercial Motor Vehicles, or CMVs. It is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation whose primary mission is “to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses,” according to its Facebook page. What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)? A CMV is a vehicle used on...

How Important Is Cargo Securement?

Written by: The Deerfield Team How many times have you witnessed a truck/trailer (small or large), with loose or improperly secured cargo? A piece of loose cargo can easily bounce off the vehicle and present a hazard to other motorists or pedestrians. As truck operators, you are expected to safeguard the product transported. The motoring public expects a company or organization to protect it against...

“Lets Talk About Driving”

Written by: The Deerfield Team Are you a good driver? Do you know that the Safety Measurement System Results from the FMCSA website could affect your insurance rating? The SMS is a recompilation of public information of your trucking business to evaluate your safety compliance with regulation. This information includes driving violations, crash history, fatigue, driver fitness, drugs and alcohol Cargo and maintenance. You can...

Cargo Theft — Security and Responsibility

Written by: The Deerfield Team Cargo Theft is a common crime; a crime of opportunity. Cargo goods are easy to access and abundant across the country.  Statistics estimate that cargo theft cost the shipping industry about $25 billion a year. Cargo theft happens frequently in terminals, truck stops, warehouses, parking lots, and most commonly in trucks parked on the street. This is a problem that...

Key FMCSA Resources & Definitions for Carriers

Written by: The Deerfield Team The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Transportation whose primary mission is “to prevent crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses”.¹  This mission translates into a large range of programs and thousands of pages of regulations and resources for carriers, drivers, and consumers. In this section of our FMCSA series,...

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