1569 Sherman Ave  Suite 200

Evanston, IL 60201    

Phone: 224-307-4150

new entrant services

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict rules for all companies applying for a Motor Carrier Authority. “New Entrants" will be given a temporary interstate operating authority. New Entrants are required to exhibit knowledge of safety regulations and undergo an on-site safety audit within the first 18 months of operation. This safety audit will include a review of the New Entrant's safety and management policies, a review of the carrier's documents and an interview with the owner of the company.

Martin-Braack Partners will prepare you for your initial audits by properly structuring your safety and management policies and procedures, and preparing you for the interview. 

New Entrants must certify that they will comply with all requirements:

  • Drug and alcohol testing
  • Driver qualification files
  • Hours of service regulations
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Accident monitoring
  • IFTA reporting


A company operating BEFORE implementing a random drug and alcohol testing program will fail the audit. The FMCSA will require a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be submitted in order to be reinstated.
If the DOT on-site safety audit requirements seem overwhelming or you are operating without a random drug and alcohol program in place... we can help.

If you have failed your safety audit due to non-compliance with drug and alcohol testing requirements Martin-Braack Partners will prepare your Corrective Action Plan (CAP).


Alcohol and Drug Violations

  • No alcohol and/or drug testing program
  • No RANDOM alcohol and/or drug testing program
  • Using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test
  • Using a driver the company knows had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater
  • Using a driver who failed to complete required follow-up procedures after testing positive for drugs


Driver Violations

  • Using a driver without a valid CDL
  • Using a disqualified driver
  • Using a driver with a revoked, suspended, or cancelled CDL
  • Using a medically unqualified driver


Operations Violations

  • Operating a motor vehicle without having the required level of insurance in place
  • Failing to require drivers to make hours-of-service records


Repairs and Inspections Violations

  • Operating a vehicle declared Out-of-Service for safety deficiencies before repairs are made
  • Not performing OOS repairs reported in driver-vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs)
  • Operating a CMV not periodically inspected


Results of the Safety Audit

  • If passed, FMCSA will continue to monitor the New Entrant’s safety compliance and performance
  • If failed, New Entrants must satisfactorily implement a corrective action to correct safety management practice
  • Failure to do so will result in immediate revocation of U.S. DOT registration


HHG and ADA Compliance

Some New Entrant carriers are also required to be in compliance with: 

  • Household Goods (HHG) Regulations
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Compliance with HHG and ADA requirements will not be a factor in determining the outcome of a Safety Audit, but may result in further investigation by other federal and state agencies.

A New Entrant will AUTOMATICALLY FAIL the Safety Audit for violations related to: