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How to prepare for a fmcsa audit?

Anybody know of a good learning source for motor carrier compliance.Possibly other than the gistapo website. I have had intrastate authority in Iowa for over a year and I have heard that once I apply for full authority my chances of being audited greatly increase. I know about the high points like keeping logs and drug testing papers in file but I'm sure the list is a mile long! This whole subject really irritates me but I should learn for the sake of my business.

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You can contact any FMCSA Field office and they will be more than helpful to you. They can even conduct a compliance audit where they review you and let you know what corrections need to be made. However you have to provide proof of the corrections after that or your authority will be placed in an inactive status.

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I've passed mine like 5 months ago, I would recommend aList of things u should keep in place:

Vehicle Maintenance file for each vehicle operated under your last 3 years

Drug and Alcohol consortium paperwork;

Log books and fuel receipts for last 6 months;

Comercial Insurance paperwork stating that you have the appropriate level of insurance required by FMSCSA to operate;

Driver qualification file for each driver (pre-employment screening, application, background checks and drug alcohol testing results);

ACCIDENT REGISTER, even if you never had one, have a one ready to show the inspector. FMCSA have a model n their website with all the required items that shall be in your form.

ROAD SIDE INSPECTIONS AND EXAMINATION REPORTS for all drivers that got inspected under you authority. Trust me, they know how many inspections you had in the last 3 years or 6 months not sure, and they want see all them.

Other then that OOIDA have a great guide that if you follow their steps you would be just fine. I've passed mine with 100% compliance. The inspector got impressed and even asked me if I had any professional help or any assistance from DOT officers and stuff...All that I did was following what was in the OOIDA guide. I'm a small Motor Carrier with just 2 trucks and 3 drivers, but is the same thing for big fleets and 1truck-1driver.

You can download that OOIDA guide from their site.

Good luck and if u need help, Im here.

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You can also contact OOIDA's Compliance Division. They can prepare you with a checklist of everything you will need for your new entrant safety audit.

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