Starting a trucking company now involves going through a DOT New Entry Audit. If you would like some assistance in getting ready for this we can certainly assist your company. We can help you put your packet together and review it for thoroughness and accuracy to assist in ensuring that it will meet the requirements by the DOT.
Before a motor carrier of property or passengers begins interstate operations, it must register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and receive a USDOT number. To apply for a USDOT number, you must complete the on-line registration and application package (form MCSA-1) on the FMCSA web site at http://fmcsa.dot.gov. After a new entrant satisfies all applicable pre-operational requirements, it will be subject to the new entrant safety monitoring procedures for a period of 18 months. During this 18 month period the motor carrier’s roadside safety performance will be closely watched to ensure basic safety management controls are in place and effective. The motor carrier must: operate safely, maintain up-to-date records, conduct periodic maintenance and inspections and submit to a Safety Audit. The DOT New Entry Audit which will be conducted within 12 months of applying for registration for property carriers and 6 months for motor carriers of passengers. A new entrant motor carrier who has not yet participated in a DOT New Entry Audit and whose safety data indicates a problem or potential problem with their safety management controls may be subject to a Compliance Review / Investigation instead. It is extremely important to ensure the information provided to FMCSA (MCSA-1) is correct and current at all times and updated according to the schedule found in 49 CFR 390.19 (b). Failing to have the correct and current information on record may result in your carrier operations being placed Out of Service.