Motor carrier/California BIT safety regulations workshop planned

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The Granite Bay Group, which specializes in commercial vehicle compliance management and training, is offering a two-day workshop on federal motor carrier safety regulations and California Biennial Inspection of Terminals program requirements. The workshop is scheduled for May 15-16 at the Ontario Airport Marriott Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

The program is designed to prepare motor carriers for a Department of Transportation compliance review and ensure that safety staffs stay up-to-date on regulation changes. Covered topics will include requirements for proper accident reporting and recordkeeping, commercial driver’s license requirements, driving rules, vehicle maintenance, the difference between federal and California hours-of-service rules, and driver qualification, including Part 380 and California’s Title 13, alcohol and drug testing.

The seminar will be led by Michael Haugh, a retired member of the California Highway Patrol and former chief instructor at the CHP Academy for commercial vehicle operations classes. Haugh also served as the director of safety and security for the California Trucking Association.

“Interstate and intrastate transportation requirements are comparable in some respects, yet dissimilar in many others,” Haugh says. “DOT regulations are consistently changing. Did California adopt the federal rules, and if so, in what areas? Motor carriers can learn the answers to those questions and much more by attending this seminar.”

The staff of The Granite Bay Group, based in Roseville, Calif., performs Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and California Highway Patrol BIT records inspections, as well as federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration and Cal-OSHA safety inspections. It also provides expert witness services in both criminal and civil commercial vehicle collision litigation.

The Granite Bay Group hosts training seminars on both California and federal motor carrier safety regulations, mandated reasonable suspicion alcohol and drug training for supervisors, hazardous materials training, HOS training, daily vehicle inspection training and general safety awareness training for managers and drivers. In addition, it designs employee safety programs to reduce workers’ compensation costs, implement employee incentive programs and institute corporate occupational safety teams.

To enroll in the workshop, go to and click on the “Seminars” link. A special hotel rate at the Ontario Airport Marriott is available. Seminar cost is $599 per person or $575 per person for two or more persons from the same company.