A Safety Audit is basically conducted to review the motor carrier’s records. It is designed to verify whether a carrier is following the basic safety management controls in accordance with the applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs), and related record-keeping requirements.
The audit will be conducted only by the certified FMCSA auditors at carrier’s place of business or electronically. The relevant documents have to be submitted online or via fax to FMCSA. The FMCSA will tell carriers which type of audit they have been selected for by phone or mail. Auditors may ask for the documents related to drivers and vehicles, as well as general operating procedures and record-keeping requirements.
Some violations are considered egregious enough to cause the carrier to automatically fail the Safety Audit.
• If no alcohol or controlled substances testing program has been followed by the carrier.
• If no random alcohol or controlled substances testing program has been followed by the carrier.
• If a driver has refused to test for alcohol or controlled substances.
• If a driver known to have alcohol concentration more than 0.04 or greater.
• If a driver has tested positive or altered or substituted for controlled substances.
• If a driver found without a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
• If a disqualified driver is found performing duty.
• If a driver found with suspended, or cancelled CDL
• If a driver found to be medically unqualified.
• If any operating vehicle found without the required level of insurance.
• If any driver failed to maintain hours of service record.
• If no out of service repair reported in driver vehicle inspection reports.
• If a motor vehicle will not be annually inspected.
• If any vehicle found against the safety deficiencies.