The New Entrant Period

The New Entrant will be monitored during the initial 18-month period.

 The New Entrant must: 

  • Operate Safely
  • Maintain up-to-date records
  • Conduct periodic inspections and perform maintenance on CMVs.
  • Pass the Safety Audit

FMCSA will:

  • Conduct a Safety Audit on the New Entrant
  • Monitor safety performance through roadside inspections
  • Grant permanent authority, if safe

The Safety Audits and Compliance Reviews

Who is involved?

  • A certified U.S. federal safety investigator, state or provincial enforcement officer.
  • The motor carrier (possibly including managers, drivers, mechanics, and other staff).

When will a Safety Audit or review occur?

  • Within 12 months after beginning operations.

When will Compliance Reviews/Intervention occur?

At any time FMCSA safety data indicates problems.

Where will these take place?

  • Generally audits, compliance reviews/interventions take place at the principal place of business.

Automatic Failure of the Safety Audit

A New Entrant will AUTOMATICALLY FAIL the Safety Audit for violations related to:

Alcohol and Drug Violations

  • No alcohol and/or drug testing program.
  • No RANDOM alcohol and/or drug testing program.
  • Using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test.
  • Using a driver the company knows had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater.
  • Using a driver who failed to complete required follow-up procedures after testing positive for drugs.

Driver Violations

A New Entrant fails the Safety Audit for knowingly:

  • Using a driver without a valid CDL.
  • Using a disqualified driver.
  • Using a driver with a revoked, suspended, or cancelled CDL.
  • Using a medically unqualified driver.

Operations Violations

  • Operating a motor vehicle without having in effect the required level of insurance.
  • Failing to require drivers to make hours-of-service records.

Repairs and Inspections Violations

  • Operating a vehicle declared Out-of-Service for safety deficiencies before repairs are made.
  • Not performing OOS repairs reported in driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs).
  • Operating a CMV not periodically inspected.

Results of the Safety Audit

  • If passed, FMCSA will continue to monitor the New Entrant’s safety compliance and performance.
  • If failed, New Entrants must satisfactorily implement a corrective action to correct safety management practices. Failure to do so will result in immediate revocation of U.S. DOT registration.

HHG and ADA Compliance

Some New Entrant carriers are also required to be in compliance with: 

  • Household Goods (HHG) Regulations
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Compliance with HHG and ADA requirements will not be a factor in determining the outcome of a Safety Audit, but may result in further investigation by other federal and state agencies.

FMCSA published FAQ

Please follow this link to the FMCSA website for more answers pertaining to the New Entrant Program. You may also use this link to ask the FMCSA a question directly. 

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