Thursday, October 11, 2012

New Entrant Safety Audit

The FMCSA has a safety evaluation program called the “New Entrant Safety Audit." The new entrant’s roadside safety performance will be closely monitored to ensure the new entrant has basic safety management controls that are operating effectively.  

If the audit discovers that adequate safety controls are not present, the carrier has 60 days from the date of the notification (45 days if transporting hazardous materials or passengers) to take the actions specified in the notice, and to submit proof that it has remedied its safety management practices. If the carrier does not, they must cease operations on the 61st day. If the carrier is making a good faith effort, the FMCSA may extend the 45 or 60 days to give the carrier more time to comply.

Here are just some of the things you can do to avoid an audit:
1. Make sure all drivers have a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with all required endorsements.
2. Make sure you have the required levels of insurance
3. Correct all safety violations before operating the vehicle
4. Take required random drug tests
5. Keep all records of inspection and maintenance
6. Always have a security plan when offering or transporting hazardous materials

The penalties for noncompliance vary, depending upon the severity and frequency of the offense. Some fines can continue to accrue if left unchecked. You can find more information about safety violations at

At Truck Services of North America, we make it simpler to avoid FMCSA audit. TSNA takes the paperwork out of your way.  Contact us at or call 803.386.0320.

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