Commercial Vehicle Safety Associates Of Florida Inc.

Safety Through Compliance and Education


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Out of Service Training Class

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (3)

Steven Sherman President/CEO      

When was the last time your drivers and Safety Mgr. had up to date regulation training and hands on practice?                                                      

Commercial Vehicle Safety Associates of Florida are offering an inspection training class geared towards the mechanic and the safety officer of your company. It addresses Appendix G and the Out Of Service Criteria and shows exactly what the roadside inspector is looking at. No more trying to figure out what the inspection DVIR violations mean. Find the defects before they do and keep your fleet going.

Items supplied for class participants will be;

CVSA Out Of Service Criteria Handbook FMCSA Safety Regulations Handbook

An exam will be given at the end of class requiring a passing grade of 80%.

Training videos supplied by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be presented with the most up to date information on regulations, along with practical exercises.

Date: To be set                                            Place: Your location

Cost  per attendee.   FTA members discount available

Class time will be 8 hours Class size maximum 30 (fills up fast)

All instructor is a retired USDOT/CVSA Certified Inspector with over 30 plus years experience.

We also do a drivers Pre-Trip class that can be done at your location or at a central location for a number of different companies at the same time.

See attached registration form.

Contact: # 561-756-6822 or [email protected] or

Associate Members of:  Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance  and Florida Trucking Association


Helpful Websites for Carriers

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

ETA Guidebook (book with all free forms and summary of the federal regulations)


Motor Carrier Resource Center


Carrier Information:


Federal Regulations:


URS – Unified Registration System:


Updating Registration:


Updating Operating Authority (MC number):


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the section of the USDOT that governs trucking

Free Florida Driver License Check for carriers to be sure drivers aren’t suspended (click on “Driver Licenses & ID Cards”. It is the first option "Driver License Check & ID Tracking System"


Medical Card Entry: , click on “Driver Licenses & ID Cards”, click on "Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers" then "CDL Medical Information".


National Registry of Medical Examiners – the only people that are now able to do medical card examinations. If your provider is not on this list, they cannot perform medical card examinations any longer.


Challenge/correct an inspection report

FMCSA - Data Q's -

State questions (850) 617.3119 – Accident Data, Data Qs


Driving Records or MVRs for Driver Qualification Files:

To get an annual MVR, there are a few ways:

1. Clerk of courts sometimes offer them for a fee.


3. Online: FL MVR Serves

4. Online:

5. Contact your insurance company. Some companies will sell it to you or may provide it free but you must ask. They run them annually.


Portal account:

1. Get a PIN (personal ID number) at

2. To register for a portal account:

3. Call 800-832-5660 with any questions.


Safety Rating

Be sure to monitor your company’s safety score via the SMS (Safety Measurement System).

SMS displays all roadside inspection and compliance investigation results for the past 24 months. Your company’s performance is broken down into seven Behavior Analysis & Safety Improvement categories (BASICs) and is updated once each month.


Failure to monitor your score could adversely impact your business’ profits! It is strongly recommended that you register for an account within the FMCSA Portal which will provide you with real-time access to your company information, including recent roadside inspections and traffic crashes as recent as today. Unlike the public-access SMS, you will be able to see who was behind the wheel. Additionally, you will be able to make updates to your USDOT registration (form MCS-150) as required biannually (once every 2 years) or whenever changes occur (new address, phone number, number of drivers or vehicles).


After the Safety Audit--what to expect for the remainder of your 18 month New Entrant time period:


No Texting/Talking on Cell Phone Info – Applies to EVERYONE in a CMV, both Intra and Interstate



Florida State Statute

Federal Regulation

Violations Penalties

1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense

316.3025(6)(a) 49 CFR s. 392.82 Using Handheld Mobile Telephone While Driving a CMV $500 $1000 $2750

316.3025(6)(a) 49 CFR s. 392.80 Texting While Driving CMV $500 $1000 $2750

316.3025(6)(b) 49 CFR s. 392.82 Company Allowing or Requiring Driver of CMV to Use Handheld Mobile Telephone While Driving $2750 $5000 $11000

316.3025(6)(b) 49 CFR s. 392.80 Company Allowing or Requiring Driver of CMV to Text While Driving $2750 $5000 $11000




Drug/Alcohol Program help


Florida Drivers Handbook:

Florida Permit Application System:


Here is a website that allows you to create the air-mile radius for log books:

Calculating Air Miles Map

**When entering the miles, for 150 air miles, you will have to enter 172.6 miles and for 100 air-miles, you'll need to enter 115 miles. Air miles are equivalent to approximately 1.15 road miles.


Criminal Searches


Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement - There are several helpful links on different pages in this section.


IFTA/International Registration Plan info:


Online IFTA/IRP filing:


Florida IFTA Trucking Manual:F


Florida State Statutes - 316.302 Pertains to INTRASTATE carriers


Driver's Handbook on Cargo Securement:


Motorcoach Information


Check Hazmat Registration


Hazmat Regulations