In an effort to promote motor carrier safety, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration established strict rules for all new trucking companies. When "new entrants" are granted interstate operating authority they are required to demonstrate knowledge of safety regulations and either upload all DOT compliance information or undergo an on-site safety audit within the first few months of operation. This safety audit will include a review of the new entrant's safety data and management policies, a review of the carrier's documents and an interview with the agent.
A new entrant will FAIL a safety audit if found in violation of any of the 16 safety regulations reviewed during the audit.
New entrants must demonstrate compliance with the following:
- Drug and alcohol compliance
- Driver qualification files
- Hours of service regulations
- Vehicle maintenance and inspection
- Accident records
- IFTA reporting
Specifically if a company is operating BEFORE implementing a drug and alcohol compliance program, the company will fail the audit. The FMCSA will require a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be submitted in order to be retain operating authority.
If the DOT safety audit requirements seem overwhelming or you are operating without a drug and alcohol program in place we can help. If you need assistance before your audit or need help with the upload we can help. If you have failed your safety audit due to non-compliance, the Transportation Advisor will prepare your Corrective Action Plan (CAP).
Our FMCSA compliance program is designed to help new entrants quickly and cost-effectively meet the drug and alcohol testing requirements. Our DQF Service and IFTA Quarterly Reporting Program are also available. Add in our BOC-3 filing service and it's one stop compliance shopping!