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Lax Enforcement of Transportation Regs Allows Unqualified Carriers to Operate, Says Expert

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You see semi-trucks on the road all the time -- and assume they know and follow government regulations.  If you look closely, you may even spot the DOT number which seems to verify that's the case.  

What you may not know is that it takes only 30 minutes to obtain a DOT number online.
Your signature is all that's required to certify you know the rules.  The public relies upon this process to ensure operators know what they're doing.  A former auditor for the U.S. Department of Transportation says that's not necessary the case.  

"Part of the reason for that is it's so easy to get a DOT number and start dispatching trucks.  There's no actual requirement to pass a test," says Mike England, DOT Compliance Help, Inc./former DOT Auditor.

This is becoming a problem in North Dakota because of all the trucks associated with the energy boom.  Experts say, too often, unqualified operators come to the attention of officials only after an accident or a series of violations puts them on the government's radar.
The DOT is reportedly working to address the problem.

"One of the requirements in the new transportation law, Map 21, says -- this is Congress speaking to the DOT -- you have to create a system where, before somebody can get a DOT number, they're going to have to pass a proficiency test to show that they understand the DOT regs, to some extent," says England.

Some trucking companies are being proactive and sending their employees to DOT Compliance Training like the one taking place today at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.

 

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