Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

Safety Audits




A Safety Audit is a review of a motor carrier’s records designed to verify that a carrier has basic safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs), and related record-keeping requirements.  Safety Audits are performed by specially trained FHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers on Interstate Carriers only. Please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website at the link below for more information.

https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/NewEntrant/SafetyAudits.aspx

For more information, please review our Safety Audit Guidebook.

 

New Entrants

Motor carriers that have recently applied for USDOT Registration are considered “new entrants” in the industry.  In an effort to assist new entrant motor carriers with statutory and regulatory compliance, the Florida Highway Patrol has developed a New Entrant Seminar program where motor carriers can register to attend a 1-day educational outreach session to learn about regulatory requirements and best safety practices.  While not currently a requirement, the Florida Highway Patrol strongly encourages motor carriers to take advantage of this free outreach opportunity.  For more information about our New Entrant Seminars, please contact us at 850-617-2282 or NewEntrant@flhsmv.gov.

August 15, 2021
(Sunday) @ 3p - 5p


Controlled Substance and Alcohol Testing

*Learn about the FMCSA requirements for drug and alcohol testing and details for managing a drug and alcohol testing program.

Attend Seminar
August 30, 2021
(Monday) @ 3p - 5p


Driver Qualification and Vehicle Maintenance Files

*Learn about the requirements for properly qualifying drivers and maintaining your fleet along with the required documentation required for each.

Attend Seminar
September 15, 2021
(Wednesday) @ 3p - 5p


Hours of Service (property carriers)

*Learn about the hours of service requirements for intrastate property carriers, including: Hour limitations, break requirements, ELD requirements, and exemptions.

Attend Seminar
September 30, 2021
(Thursday) @ 3p - 5p


Insurance, Accident Register, and General FMCSA Requirements

*Learn about the intrastate requirements for insurance, accident reporting, and other general FCMSA requirements such as the marking of CMVs.

Attend Seminar
October 15, 2021
(Friday) @ 3p - 5p


FMCSA Programs (Portal, CSA, PSP, DataQs) and Compliance Investigations

*Learn about the necessary FMCSA programs needed to operate your business, how to monitor your safety scores, and what to expect if you are contacted for a Compliance Investigation.

Attend Seminar
October 30, 2021
(Saturday) @ 3p - 5p


CDLs and Size & Weight Requirements

*Learn about the Commercial Driver License requirements for different types of vehicles operated. Also learn about the maximum size and weight requirements for operating on Florida’s roadways, including proper registration requirements.

Attend Seminar
November 15, 2021
(Monday) @ 3p - 5p


Load Securement

*Learn about general load securement requirements as well as cargo specific securement requirements. These are areas of major safety concern and some violations lead to mandatory court appearances.

Attend Seminar
November 30, 2021
(Tuesday) @ 3p - 5p


Passenger Carriers

*Learn about the specialized requirements for passenger carriers, including hours of service rules.

Attend Seminar
December 15, 2021
(Wednesday) @ 3p - 5p


Hazardous Materials Carriers

*Learn about the specialized requirements for HazMat carriers, including hours of service rules.

Attend Seminar
December 30, 2021

No Seminar Scheduled

Happy New Year!

 

New Entrant Seminar Video

New Entrant Seminar training material

Motor carriers that apply for interstate USDOT Numbers, are required to complete a New Entrant Safety Audit.  This is a program mandated by Congress via FMCSA which requires a motor carrier official complete the safety audit process.  A New Entrant Safety Audit is generally considered an outreach opportunity for the motor carrier to demonstrate knowledge and compliance with federal regulations; however, the audit may result in the motor carrier official being responsible to take corrective actions for safety fitness concerns.

A New Entrant Safety Audit Seminiar is a meeting to educate new motor carriers on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs), and related record-keeping requirements.  These Seminars are performed by specially trained FHP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers on Intrastate Carriers only.

For more information, please review our New Entrant Seminar PowerPointe for more information.