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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.

3 How FMCSA Monitors Motor Carrier Safety

This chapter explains FMCSA’s New Entrant Safety Assurance and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) programs, and outlines the policies and procedures FMCSA uses to:

  • Identify motor carriers that pose a safety hazard.
  • Intervene with these motor carriers so that they can correct safety problems.
  • Assign motor carrier safety ratings under the procedures in 49 CFR 385.
  • Prohibit motor carriers that receive an “Unsatisfactory” safety rating from operating a CMV.

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