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This is an excerpt from FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Planner specific to your interests. As you navigate through the pages, pay close attention to any notes and highlights. Click here to read the entire Safety Planner and find more resources to help you comply with safety regulations.

1 Introduction

Following Federal safety regulations is not just the law, it is vital for the well-being of your drivers, your business, and your reputation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created this easy-to-understand regulation digest to help you to zero in on the regulations most relevant to your business, helping you ensure safe operations every day, on every trip.

To reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses, FMCSA uses two programs to monitor motor carrier compliance with the federal safety regulations. To learn more about each program, see the “How FMCSA Monitors Motor Carrier Safety” section of this planner, and visit the New Entrant Program and Compliance, Safety Accountability (CSA) program websites.

Don’t get caught off guard by audits and inspections. Use this guide to take charge of your business and proactively make our Nation’s highways safer for all drivers.

Still have questions? Call 1-877-254-5365 or find contact information for your local FMCSA Field Office.

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This publication is distributed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It is meant to serve as a guide only and the Agency does not assume responsibility for any omissions, errors, or ambiguity contained herein. The contents may not be relied upon as a substitute for the Agency’s published regulations.

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