The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established stricter minimum requirements to improve the safety performance of new U.S. and Canadian entrant motor carriers by ensuring they are knowledgeable about applicable federal motor carrier safety standards.
Accroding to the interim final rule, which will become effecive January 1, applicants will be required to demonstrate knowledge of safety regulations through an application process and will undergo an on-site safety audit within the first 18 months of operations before receiving permanent operating authority. Carriers failing to demonstrate basic safety management controls during the 18-month period will be denied permanent operating authority, FMCSA said.
New entrants must certify that they will comply with applicable requirements covering driver qualifications, hours of service, controlled substance and alcohol testing, vehicle condition, accident monitoring, and hazardous materials transportation.
Mexican-domiciled carriers will be subject to similar application and safety monitoring procedures established by FMCSA on March 19, 2002.
The regulation responds to requirements of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. DOT said comments on the rule can be submitted electronically.