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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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