Monthly Archives: September 2014

Safety & Compliance

Now four years old, the safety enforcement program known as Compliance, Safety, Accountability relies on almost nothing but numbers. And as numerous studies keep telling us — and as many trucking professionals already know — those numbers are not always reliable.

At the top of the list are your CSA scores, perhaps flawed but visible to the world and used to decide if the DOT needs to pay you a visit, or at least send you a letter.

Pull the curtain on those scores and you can find a mass of interesting and (arguably) more reliable data: the raw numbers coming in from enforcement personnel on the front lines.

Besides giving insight into your CSA scores, the enforcement data can reveal important clues about your drivers and overall safety management. It can tell you where to focus your compliance efforts.

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What You Should Know About the DOT New Entrant Safety Audit

New entrants looking to conduct interstate operations within the United States need to pass a safety audit before being legally registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

What does the audit consist of?

The safety audit will consist of a review of the carrier’s safety management system. The areas of review include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Driver qualifications
  • Accident register
  • Driver record of duty status
  • Controlled substances and alcohol use and testing requirements
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Hazardous materials

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