January 2023: What's New in Safety & DOT Compliance

January 2023: What's New in Safety & DOT Compliance
Mariah Barr
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What DOT compliance updates does January 2023 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.

DOT Clearinghouse Changing Safety Performance History Checks

The most pressing order of business for fleet managers this month is the upcoming FMCSA Clearinghouse regulations going into effect.

On January 6, DOT-regulated companies will no longer need to manually reach out to their potential new drivers’ previous employers to find out their drug and alcohol violations for the past three years, as a part of the Safety Performance History (SPH) check process.

Instead, conducting a pre-employment query in the Clearinghouse will fulfill the requirement of obtaining a driver’s record of drug and alcohol violations, since the DOT Clearinghouse will have three years of data for all registered users since its official start on January 6, 2020.

If you need help navigating the DOT Clearinghouse or adjusting your SPH check process, Foley is here to ensure you’re doing so correctly and compliantly.

4th Quarter IFTA Filings Due on January 31, 2023

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, 2023. We’ll be sure to remind you as the date gets closer!

Have questions about IFTA? Foley has the answers here.

Register for Upcoming Safety Events

A number of 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 8-12 with TRB’s 102nd (yes, 102!) annual meet. The theme is inspiring: Rejuvenation Out of Disruption: Envisioning a Transportation System for a Dynamic Future. 

Private Fleet Management Institute - PFMI 2023

The Private Fleet Management Institute’s annual event, PFMI 2023, will take place in Orlando, Florida. For five days beginning January 14, 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 16-20 in Grapevine, Texas, outside of Dallas. Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week ’23  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 17-19 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 23-25 in Atlanta, Georgia, this is the definitive intelligence-gathering event of the industry and offers “unrivaled networking opportunities” to kick off 2023.

Cooperative Hazardous Materials Enforcement Development (COHMED) Conference

From January 23-27, the COHMED in San Antonio, Texas, 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 compliance events to look forward to this month, we hope your 2023 is full of happiness, success, and stress-free DOT compliance! If you’re looking for support with the last one, Foley’s DOT compliance experts are ready to get you on track with our DOT compliance software.

From hiring drivers and DOT Clearinghouse queries to 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.

Schedule your FREE software demo now to make 2023 your most compliant year yet!

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