Improving Your Company's Compliance With DOT/FMCSA.
We started this business to help motor carriers with the DOT regulations and to help educate those motor carriers. We had no idea what to charge companies for our service as it is hard to put a price on knowledge. We were told we did not charge enough in the beginning but believe we have a handle on that now and are still lower than most of our competitors. Competitors may not be the word as many of us consultants are friends. We will always assist you when asked and we always cheer for the underdog.
Where Steve is From
Steve Talkington is a native Texan and has lived most of his life in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains or Central Texas.
Steve’s Personal Life
Steve is married to his wife Sheree for 34 years and has one son who is currently in college. In his spare time Steve enjoys traveling, playing golf, hunting, fishing, and riding his horses.
Steve’s Work Experience
Steve worked for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for 31 years retiring in 2011. During his time with Texas DPS Steve was assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol for 13 years, the License and Weight Service (CVE) for 4 years and then promoted to the Criminal Investigations Division for the last 15 years of his career before retiring from the DPS.
Steve’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Experience
While in the License and Weight Service Steve was a compliance review officer and was trained by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (US DOT FMCSA) in Oklahoma City, OK to conduct compliance reviews. As a state partner of the FMCSA with the Texas DPS Steve conducted compliance reviews, both interstate and intrastate carriers, for hire and private motor carriers. Steve’s time in the License and Weight Service was spent enforcing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) through roadside inspections using the North American Standard Inspection criteria.
The Idea of Assisting Companies Become Compliant
Steve formed his company Steve Talkington Consulting to help companies become compliant with or stay compliant with the FMCSR. Steve enjoys teaching others and got that love of teaching while instructing classes at Texas DPS. Steve teaches DOT Compliance seminars and assists companies on a one-time or reoccurring basis. We have customers we have visited once, and some we see monthly, quarterly, or as needed. Since October 2011 we have been assisting companies on site. In 2016, we expanded to include compliance seminars in a classroom setting. We designed these seminars to train you on how to become US DOT compliant and stay compliant. These seminars are perfect for safety personnel, owners, driver managers, reporting and paperwork personnel, human resources personnel, managers, maintenance personnel, dispatchers, and anyone that has a part in a company’s compliance.
We have seen all sides of the DOT compliance equation. We have worked enforcing the DOT regulations on commercial motor vehicles roadside and have conducted compliance reviews. We have the added experience of helping customers build their compliance program by assisting them to be compliant. We know what companies face on a day to day basis, for hire and private carriers alike. We also assist companies obtain a satisfactory rating after a compliance review that had a conditional or unsatisfactory rating.
Our Goal for the Companies We Serve
We want to help you as a company succeed in being compliant with the DOT regulations. Every company is different in what they need in a compliance program. We can train your compliance personnel on every aspect of being compliant and leave it to you. We can come in as needed to assist you. We can come to you on a routine basis and be your compliance department. We can advise you by phone, text, email or in person. We love to teach folks to be compliant. Together we can find the most economical plan that fits your needs.