Global 7 Environmental, Health and Safety

Transportation/DOT Compliance

Transportation/DOT Compliance

Transportation/DOT Compliance


Custom DOT Program Development
Global 7® EH&S designs compliance programs that provide the necessary and optimal solutions to ensure DOT compliance while minimizing the impact on operations. We understand the difference between implementing a DOT compliance program for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 26,001 pounds and vehicles at 10,001 pounds or greater. We also can provide the initial and any on-going training to remain in compliance.

Drug and Alcohol Testing
Federal DOT requirements mandate all DOT regulated drivers receive post offer, incident, for cause and random drug testing programs in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Act. Global 7 EH&S will enroll your drivers into a consortium used for the random selection program; ensuring that all employees are selected for random drug testing without preference.

Driver Qualification Files
Any person who operates a commercial vehicle is expected to demonstrate that they are qualified to operate that vehicle. This applies to all commercial drivers who must secure a USDOT number to operate their vehicle. (49 CFR 390.19)

This requirement specifically applies to operators of commercial vehicles where the:

  • Vehicle’s GVW is rated in excess of 10,000 pounds
  • Vehicle is designed to transport more than eight passengers for hire or more than fifteen passengers not for hire
  • Vehicle transports hazardous materials requiring the vehicle to be placarded

Any commercial driver who operates a commercial vehicle who’s GVW exceeds 26,000 pounds, transports fifteen or more passengers or who transports hazardous materials must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and be subject to drug and alcohol testing.

Any driver who operates a commercial vehicle under the authority of a USDOT number must:

  • Be at least twenty-one years of age
  • Read and speak English
  • Have the experience and training to operate the commercial vehicle he/she will be driving
  • Have a valid commercial driver’s license

A driver qualification file will demonstrate the driver’s compliance with these requirements. The following drivers are exempt from the requirements needed to obtain a valid driver qualification file:

  • Operators of a covered farm vehicle who are transporting agricultural products
  • Operators of a covered farm vehicles that is operated solely within the state or within a 150 mile radius from its point of origin
  • Drivers who primarily drive for another employer who has established a driver qualification file for that driver

A completed driver qualification file will include the following documents:

  • A driver’s application for employment completed consistent with 49 CFR 391.21
  • A letter from each previous employer of the driver over the last 3-10 years including information as required by 49 CFR 391.21

Substance Abuse Policy

Global 7 EH&S will create a legally vetted substance abuse policy that not only complies with the Federal Motor Carrier Act, but is also legal in all states your company operates. In addition, we will create the necessary training program to provide to all employees.

Unified Carrier Registration
Global 7 EH&S will register all your commercial vehicles to be in compliance with the unified carrier requirements. All commercial vehicles that are operated interstate or across state or international lines must pay a road tax. Commercial vehicles are defined as vehicles whose GVW exceeds 10,000 lbs, transports eleven or more passengers or hauls hazmat. This tax is collected by the means of the Unified Carrier Registration, and the process allows covered vehicle operators to go to a web site to pay the applicable road tax.

Motor Carrier/BOC-3 Forms
Transporting freight across state lines requires a Motor Carrier Interstate operating authority (MC #). Global 7 EH&S will ensure compliance through filing and maintaining the appropriate paperwork.

DOT Inspections
Global 7 EH&S offers a variety of DOT inspection programs which can assist your organization in maintaining compliance, safety and accountability. These programs include validation of driver qualifications, equipment safety, review and implementation of placarding requirements, traffic control, mock compliance and Level 1 inspections and more. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has introduced an initiative to ensure that consistent measures are implemented and adhered to in an effort to protect everyone on the nation's roads. Failure to maintain the standards set forth in this initiative can result in lost time, civil penalties and cease & desist orders - none of which allows you to get your job done.