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January 2024: What's New in Safety & DOT Compliance
Mariah Barr
6 mins read

What DOT compliance updates does January 2024 have in store for the transportation industry?

The new year is officially in full swing, which means it's time to find out what new safety events and DOT compliance requirements are coming up.

2024 UCR Enforcement has Begun

If you haven't filed your Unified Carrier Registration for 2024 yet, you should do so as soon as possible. The enforcement period for this federal requirement began on January 1. 

The UCR is a federal agreement that requires businesses that operate commercial vehicles in interstate commerce to register within their operating state and pay a fee based on the size of their fleet.

New FMCSA Clearinghouse Final Ruling Regarding Drivers with Prohibited Statuses

The most pressing order of business for fleet managers this year is the upcoming FMCSA Clearinghouse regulation going into effect on November 18, 2024.

According to the final ruling, State Driver Licensing Agencies must remove the commercial driving privileges from the driver’s license of any individual with a “prohibited” FMCSA Clearinghouse status until the driver completes the return-to-duty (RTD) process.

This means any drivers with unresolved drug and/or alcohol Clearinghouse violations will lose or be denied the use of their CDLs or CLPs.

If you need help navigating the return-to-duty process or running queries to find out if your drivers are prohibited in the Clearinghouse, Foley's compliance consultants can take care of both for you.

4th Quarter IFTA Filings Due on January 31, 2024

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) helps motor carriers pay taxes on their fuel consumption.

If keeping track of your fuel purchases is a struggle, Foley can help. We offer affordable programs to make filing your quarterly IFTA reports easy.

The next IFTA filing deadline is April 30, 2024. We’ll remind you as the date gets closer!

Have questions about IFTA? Foley has the answers here.

Register for Upcoming Safety Events

Several events coming up around the country this month are sure to be of interest to fleet managers and safety professionals alike, including:

  • Transportation Research Board Conference
  • Private Fleet Management Institute
  • Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week
  • Society of Automotive Engineers Government/Industry Conference
  • Jump Start
  • Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development Conference

Read on to get all the details on when, where, and what these industry events are all about.

Transportation Research Board Conference

This year’s Transportation Research Board Conference is expected to attract thousands of transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C. from January 7-11 with TRB’s 103rd annual meet. 

Private Fleet Management Institute - PFMI 2024

The Private Fleet Management Institute’s annual event, PFMI 2023, will take place in Orlando, Florida. For five days beginning January 13, attendees will have a chance to participate in intensive educational programs and courses in fleet finance, operations, legal, regulatory, and safety compliance, human resources, maintenance, and equipment.

Heavy-Duty Aftermarket Week

The largest gathering of independent heavy-duty aftermarket industry professionals in North America will take place January 22-25 in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas. Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’24  offers invaluable networking opportunities with top industry executives of all major heavy-duty supplier manufacturers and distributors, sessions featuring industry experts, and a Product Expo that gives an exclusive view of the latest products in the heavy-duty aftermarket.

Society of Automotive Engineers Government/Industry Conference

The highly anticipated annual SAE Government/Industry conference will take place from January 16-18 in Washington, D.C., and provide government, regulatory, and policymakers in the automotive industry a neutral forum to discuss the effects of government regulations, new and upcoming technologies, and consumer expectations on vehicle design.

Jump Start

The supply chain is always in the news these days, and it will also be the hot topic at Jump Start, a three-day supply chain event that targets carriers, shippers, logistics service providers, and technology providers. Set to take place January 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia, this is the definitive intelligence-gathering event of the industry and offers “unrivaled networking opportunities” to kick off 2024.

Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development (COHMED) Conference

From January 22-26, the COHMED in Savannah, Georgia, is a chance for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) professionals to discuss concerns and perspectives on HAZMAT enforcement and regulations.

Happy New Year from Foley

Now that you know the safety and FMCSA compliance events to look forward to this month, we hope your 2024 is full of success and stress-free DOT compliance! If you’re looking for support with the last one, Foley’s team of experts is ready to get you on track with our DOT compliance software.

From hiring drivers and running DOT Clearinghouse queries to managing DOT drug and alcohol testing and completely digital driver files, Foley’s customizable solutions are the perfect fit for the compliance requirements your DOT-regulated business needs to fulfill.

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