As I check my messages on a daily basis, I am getting a lot of passenger companies asking if they are required to have driver qualification files as well as drug and alcohol. As pressure is put more on the Passenger Motor carriers it is important to understand not only the federal regulation but state regulation based on your business and operating area. For example if you do not travel more than 100 miles and you have a vehicle less than 16 passengers your regulations may fall at a state level and no interstate operations are applicable. However, if you operate across state lines as a passenger carrier you must have the correct operating authority to operate in interstate commerce.
Here are a few resource links that can help you understand a little bit more on operating authory.
Federal requirments 9-15 passenger vehicles http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/safety-security/Appendix_A-508.pdf
Federal Motor Carrier “What forms do I need?” http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/registration-forms.htm
Frequently asked questions http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/NewEntrant-faq.aspx
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