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Pre Audit Assistance

All New Entrant motor carriers are
subject to DOT Safety Audits.

Frequent Questions

Who is subject to a DOT Safety Audit?

All New Entrant motor carriers are subject to DOT Safety Audits. Upon issuance of a Federal USDOT number, motor carriers are granted temporary operating authority and automatically enrolled in the DOT’s New Entrant Safety Program – which requires a Safety Audit.

What if I fail my Safety Audit?

New Entrants who fail a Safety Audit cannot obtain permanent operating authority without first correcting any areas of non-compliance found during the Safety Audit.

When will my Safety Audit occur?

Most motor carriers will have to undergo the New Entrant Safety Audit within 12 months of registering with the DOT. Passenger carriers must undergo the New Entrant Safety Audit within 120 days of registering with the DOT.

Where will my Safety Audit take place?

Your Safety Audit will either occur at your primary business location, or at a local facility, such as a hotel or conference center, along with other New Entrants from the area.

Who will conduct my Safety Audit?

To complete the volume of audits it must conduct each year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration deploys Federal and state officials as well as representatives from private compliance companies.

What key areas will my Safety Audit focus on?
How will FMCSA notify me of my upcoming Safety Audit?

You will be notified of an upcoming audit by mail. The letter will instruct you to call FMCSA and set up a day and time for your audit. Once you’ve been notified, you have 90 days to schedule your audit.

How do I enroll in your Pre Audit Assistance Program?

Call 1-813-472-7776 or set an appointment here.

What type of pre-audit support do your provide?

We do not wait until you fail your audit or the FMCSA letter catches you off guard.  There is nothing worse than not being prepared and having to stop everything to prepare for your audit.  We conduct a compliance analysis via telephone covering all of the areas investigated by auditors before your audit letter. Clients will also receive documentation and technical support for any of Purcell’s products and/or services the company is enrolled in. We have a* Net 30 program to ensure that a lack of funds does not hinder your compliances. We will speak to the regulators in your behalf when you do receive your audit. Your pre audit assistance analysis is no charge.

Why is it important to pass my audit?

You will receive a safety rating within 30 days following the completion of your audit. The rating will be Satisfactory, Conditional, and Unsatisfactory.

What is the difference between a Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory rating?

Satisfactory safety rating means that a motor carrier has in place and functioning safety management controls that are appropriate for the size and type of operation of the particular motor carrier.
A Conditional safety rating means a motor carrier does not have adequate safety management controls in place, and this could result in violations.

An Unsatisfactory safety rating means a motor carrier does not have adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance, and this has resulted in violations.

*Net 30 is based on approval.

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