What Triggers a DOT Compliance Audit?

What’s louder, the sound of a truck crashing, or the phone call that comes from the DOT just after? What resources will you need when you are faced with a DOT compliance audit?

DOT Compliance Audit

A DOT compliance audit is triggered after an accident, a roadside stop gone wrong, or other road violations. In many cases, a DOT audit is triggered by CSA scores. And when that call comes, you need to be ready with documentation. After all, if it’s not documented, dated, and readily available, it didn’t happen.

How does the DOT oversee trucking firms?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is a federal regulatory agency that oversees all transportation in the U.S. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the division of the DOT that regulates commercial vehicles. This administration develops and enforces regulations to keep our roadways safe. All trucking companies and drivers must adhere to the FMCSA’s regulations or pay penalties, including anything from fees to being taken off the road.

DOT Audit Resources

A DOT compliance audit isn’t an “if,” it’s a “when.”  And when the auditors come, it’s important to have all the necessary documentation, from driver logs to safety training records. This documentation could mean the difference between a short and sweet DOT audit and getting your trucks grounded.

One thing an auditor will look for is your company’s culture of safety. How are you implementing driver safety training programs, and are they working? Are your policies written in a dusty handbook and forgotten, or are they ingrained into your company’s DNA?


The Dreaded Conditional Status

If your DOT compliance audit doesn’t find sufficient training and safety documentation, you could end up in Conditional status, meaning you get an action plan and a deadline to implement it. 

Conditional status puts a target on your trucks—they will get pulled over more often and are subjected to more frequent roadside inspections. 

Many clients and drivers will not work with a company in Conditional status.

What could that cost you in time and money? 

That’s where we come in.

Infinit-I Workforce Solutions is a subscription-based safety training program that is easy for drivers to use and easy for your company to maintain and access records. Our cloud-based solution guides drivers through short, interactive modules then stores their completion and scoring data in realtime.

So when DOT comes calling with an impending audit, you have all the documentation you need to keep your trucks on the road and in good standing.

Download our whitepaper today on how we can help solve your biggest safety training issues, and save you money while we’re at it.

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Key Takeaways:

  • • A DOT Compliance Audit is triggered by CSA scores and on-the-road incidences.
  • • A culture of safety goes a long way toward passing your audit.
  • • Conditional status will hurt your business. Plan today for an audit by using state-of-the-art, cloud-based technology for your safety records.
  • • Talk with us today about Infinit-I Workforce Solutions. We’re happy to customize a program for your company’s needs.

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