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December 17, 2008

FMCSA Toughens Safety Requirements for New Commerical Truck and Bus Companies

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Yesterday the FMCSA announced tougher requirements for New DOT number recipients. The idea is to help increase road safety and awareness. What many new DOT number recipients do not understand is that this FULL set of rules applies to trucking companies of all sizes. The government makes no distinction between a one truck fleet and a million truck fleet. Make sure you know the rules and are complaint. The DOT Doctor can help! With our New Business Set up Package we apply for and obtain your DOT number for you. Then for the first year we take care of all your compliance needs. This includes your Form 2290s, IFTA quarterly filings, UCR filing, logbook auditing, writing a DOT Compliant safety plan and much, much more. Check it out today – Sign up before the end of the year to receive a 10% discount on your order.

FMCSA 10-08
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Contact: Kristin Schrader
Tel.: (202) 366-9999 or (202) 366-2309

FMCSA Toughens Safety Requirements for New Commercial Truck and Bus Companies

WASHINGTON—The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a new rule to place stricter safety requirements on all newly registered trucking and bus companies. This final rule raises the compliance standards for passing new entrant safety audits, while ensuring that safety deficiencies are corrected before a new motor carrier is granted permanent registration with the agency.

“These more stringent safety requirements are meant to help new carriers succeed at establishing and maintaining a comprehensive safety management program,” said FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill. “Imposing these tougher standards will ensure that new entrants are fully aware and compliant with federal safety regulations aiding in the continued reduction of highway crashes and fatalities on our nation’s highways.”

The final rule issued by the FMCSA establishes that a newly registered trucking or bus company will automatically fail its safety audit if it violates any one of 16 essential federal regulations during the 18-month safety monitoring period. These essential regulations cover controlled substances and alcohol testing, hours-of-service, driver qualifications, vehicle condition, and carrier financial responsibility.
If a company fails its new entrant safety audit, it may result in revocation of a carrier’s registration with the agency, unless the carrier takes necessary corrective action within a specified time period established by FMCSA.

The rule would also require that if during the 18-month safety monitoring period, certain violations are discovered during roadside inspections, the new entrant may be subjected to a new entrant expedited safety audit or in the case of serious safety violations, a more comprehensive compliance review, which can result in fines and penalties. The carrier may also be required to submit a written corrective action plan explaining in detail how the carrier will achieve compliance with the safety rules and improve its safety performance.
The final rule on the New Entrant Safety Assurance Process is available for review on the FMCSA Web site in Rules and Regulations.

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