WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently launched its redesigned New Entrant Program website, updated to help motor carriers understand their responsibilities during their first 18 months on the road.
The enhanced website introduces carriers to federal safety regulations and explains how FMCSA and state partners monitor carrier safety compliance during the New Entrant Program, which they do by conducting a safety audit on new carriers.
A safety audit is a review of a carrier’s safety management controls and a sample of required records to assess safety compliance.
To help carriers understand what to expect during a safety audit, FMCSA also launched a guidebook to help carriers prepare by gathering documentation that auditors might request to verify compliance with safety regulations.
Once a carrier successfully completes the New Entrant Program, they continue to be monitored through roadside inspections and state crash reports under FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) compliance and enforcement program.
Through the website, carriers can access FMCSA resources and programs and an FMCSA spokesperson said the agency was encouraging all carriers to visit the New Entrant Program website to find the tools they need to perform safely on the nation’s roads.
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