New Entrant Safety Assurance Program
Federal Register Title and Cite
FMCSA Policy on the Timeliness of New Entrant Corrective Action Submissions, 77 FR 49384 (Aug. 16, 2012)
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Federal Register Description/Summary
FMCSA’s New Entrant Safety Assurance Program, 49 CFR part 385, subpart D, applies to new entrant motor carriers domiciled in the United States and Canada. FMCSA published an interim final rule on May 13, 2002 (67 FR 31978), establishing the safety audit process for new entrant motor carriers. To improve the effectiveness of the program, FMCSA published a final rule on December 16, 2008 (73 FR 76472), amending the regulations to raise the standard of compliance for passing the new entrant safety audit. A new entrant motor carrier that fails the safety audit must provide evidence demonstrating corrective action for all violations contributing to the carrier’s failure. The notice provides FMCSA’s policy that it must receive a new entrant motor carrier’s evidence of corrective action within 15 days of the date of a new entrant safety audit failure notice or within 10 days of the date of an expedited action notice in order to ensure adequate time for review.
Regulation / Statute Cite (if any): 49 CFR part 385, subpart D