What happens if I don’t improve my safety performance and compliance?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a variety of interventions to contact and work with motor carriers that have safety performance and compliance problems. Using the Safety Measurement System (SMS), FMCSA identifies and prioritizes for interventions motor carriers that do not comply with safety rules and regulations. You may receive a warning letter from FMCSA when you have safety performance and compliance problems. If you do not improve your safety performance and compliance after you receive the warning letter, then FMCSA will likely prioritize you for another kind of intervention—typically, an investigation.
Examples of Interventions
Warning Letters: Warning letters alert motor carriers early on to safety performance and compliance problems and the consequences of not improving, which may include either Offsite or Onsite Investigations.
Investigations: Safety Investigators (SIs) conduct three types of investigations on motor carriers, listed below. Investigations take place at the carrier’s place of business or remotely. During the investigation, SIs use FMCSA’s Safety Management Cycle to diagnose safety performance and compliance problems and identify actions a carrier can take to improve safety.
An SI requests copies of documents from a carrier for review remotely, to identify specific safety performance and compliance problems.
An SI focuses on specific safety performance and compliance problems at the carrier’s place of business and may interview employees and perform vehicle inspections.
An SI reviews the entire safety operation at the carrier’s place of business and may interview employees and perform vehicle inspections.
The Policy: The way it works
The adjudicated citations policy provides a process for drivers to request a review of the results of adjudicated citations associated with roadside inspection violations. You must submit a Request for Data Review (RDR) through FMCSA’s DataQs system, along with copies of certified court documentation and the inspection details. The State will review and document the citation results for the associated violations, and those results will impact PSP and SMS as listed below.