The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has raised the bar when it comes to motor carriers passing a new entrant safety audit by mandating more stringent passing criteria that center around 16 regulations identified as essential elements of basic safety management.
Beginning on Dec. 16, 2009, a new entrant motor carrier subject to a safety audit will be subject to new audit criteria. Failure to comply with any of the 16 regulations dating back to Feb. 17, 2009, will result in a failed audit, and revocation of its U.S. Department of Transportation new entrant registration.
J.J. Keller has added a New Entrant Resource Center to its website designed to provide motor carriers with information about the new rule. Besides the new rule, the site also covers the basics of registering the company with federal and state agencies, IFTA and IRP processes, driver qualification, drug and alcohol testing, maintaining required documentation and many other DOT requirements.
J.J. Keller says the site also covers a number of business issues that new motor carriers must address. The business area explains the basics of operating a motor carrier business, such as the business plan, banking and accounting, insurance, establishing basic policies and procedures, and the differences among sole proprietor, partnership, corporation and limited liability companies.
The site provides transportation FAQs that address common questions new entrants have, as well as the latest transportation news that affects motor carriers in general. Links to J. J. Keller transportation solutions that can help satisfy various motor carrier requirements also are included, along with J.J. Keller solutions that specifically include information regarding the rule.
The New Entrant Resource Center can be accessed at www.jjkeller.com/25035. For more information about J.J. Keller solutions that help with the new entrant audit rule, call 800-327-6868.