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The new FMCSA Compliance Manual from J.J. Keller & Associates aims to simplify over-the-road compliance with federal regulations

Understanding and complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) is challenging for many fleet managers and owner-operators. Recognizing this, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has developed the FMCSA Compliance Manual.

For 35 years, J. J. Keller says its Fleet Safety Compliance Manual helped make DOT compliance less taxing for transportation professionals. Now, the company has re-launched the manual as the FMCSA Compliance Manual, with a completely redesigned and reorganized format to make compliance even easier. In the new manual, each of the tab-divided sections puts the applicable word-for-word regulations, how-to-comply explanations, and DOT’s official interpretations for a specific safety topic all in one spot.

CSA compliance has put, among other things, bus maintenance in the spotlight.
CSA compliance has put, among other things, bus maintenance in the spotlight.

“With the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program, fleets are realizing the benefits of making sure their drivers are in compliance,” said Betty Weiland, senior editorial manager of transportation content at J. J. Keller, in a statement. “The FMCSA Compliance Manual provides how-to-comply explanations of the regulations to help transport professionals understand what they need to do to maintain compliance and operate safely.”

Key topics covered in the manual include hours of service (HOS), driver qualification, vehicle inspection and maintenance, and commercial driver’s license requirements. The manual is intended for anyone managing or operating one or more commercial motor vehicles — which can be anything from a large pickup truck to a motorcoach to a tractor-trailer.

Going digital
J. J. Keller’s online-access publications offer the same content as their print editions, but with these additional features:

• Full search capabilities for easy navigation and fast research
• Bookmarks to quickly access frequently used areas
• Continuous updates to ensure the most current information
• Direct access to subject-matter experts via the Personal Assistant tool
• Portable content that can be accessed anytime from any computer or mobile device

“Accessing compliance information can be difficult while on the factory floor, traveling or in other situations where a print edition might be cumbersome or impossible to tote around,” said Jennifer Jung, senior product development manager – publications, in a statement. “With the introduction of online access to our publications, we can provide convenience and workflow efficiencies that save busy business professionals valuable time.”

The FMCSA Compliance Manual and all of the new online editions are available with a one-year subscription and online access, along with a copy of the print edition, for just $249. For more information, visit

E-Logs with Verizon
Fleets now have an easier way to transition to E-Logs as J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. recently introduced the J. J. Keller Compliance Tablet™ powered by Verizon.

“This collaboration of the leader in compliance with the leader in communication gives our tablet users an all-inclusive E-Log solution supported by a 4G network,” said Rustin Keller, J. J. Keller’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

The J. J. Keller Compliance Tablet™ comes pre-loaded with their J. J. Keller Mobile app, offering drivers a user-friendly system to record HOS and vehicle inspection data. Through the Verizon network, this data is sent to J. J. Keller’s web-based Encompass fleet compliance system, which provides capabilities from stand-alone E-Logs to full compliance and performance management.

“We selected Verizon specifically for the reliability of its network and the broad coverage in rural areas,” Keller said. “The result of this joint effort is bundled data and hardware plans that eliminate the hassle of finding compatible plans and devices. Plus, it provides customers with dependable coverage throughout the country, which has been a key customer concern we wanted to address.”

In addition to the J. J. Keller Compliance Tablet™, Encompass also works with drivers’ existing iPad, iPhone and Android™ devices by downloading the J. J. Keller Mobile app.

Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to become one of the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,300 associates strong, J. J. Keller serves over 420,000 customers — including over 90 percent of the Fortune 1000. The company’s subject matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its solutions include E-logs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; advisory services; publications; forms and supplies. Transportation professionals rely on J. J. Keller’s in-house expertise and wide selection of products and services to reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance, performance management and operational efficiency. For more information, visit, and