Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
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.
For more information, please review our Safety Audit Guidebook.
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.
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 Seminar 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 PowerPoint for more information.