The nature of pursuing motor carrier safety is that the goal never remains static. Maintaining standards in safety management means periodic testing, inspections, and examinations are necessary to ensure safety ratings meet the expectations of the state, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Since that is the case, it may be helpful for us to include a very basic overview of the compliance review process.

A compliance review is an onsite safety audit performed by the FMCSA looking at two main areas: regulatory compliance and safety performance. Any business that works with motor carriers should be aware that not all carriers have had a compliance review. In cases where a carrier has not had a compliance review, their safety rating will be listed as “Not Rated”. Though intimidating, this is not normally a cause for alarm as it signals that the carrier’s operating performance has not triggered a compliance review.

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