While the economy is currently strong, the trucking industry is always an excellent barometer of the state of the economy as well as where it could be headed in the near future. Companies that contract out loads to local shippers – for example companies like Amazon – are becoming more stringent with the local shippers procuring loads. Regional dispatchers and brokers are usually hesitant to work with carriers that have poor SMS scores and conditional safety ratings.
The last few months more companies such as Amazon, are no longer working with carriers that have conditional or unsatisfactory ratings – period. Carriers may have had a safety or compliance review from the 1990’s and since that time, run a very compliant and safe operation. What we at Compliance Navigation Specialists are seeing is companies like Amazon no longer working with carriers with a conditional rating – no matter the company SMS scores or job performance. What had been an issue that was left up to brokers to use a carrier at their discretion has now become company policy that only non-rated and satisfactory carriers can secure loads.
The conditional ratings that have been hiding on SAFER or where simply overlooked in the past, now must be dealt with and removed. CNS can address these issues with a Corrective Action Plan and Safety Rating Upgrade request that will be submitted to the FMCSA. CNS also helps explain the process to Brokers and Dispatchers demanding documentation from Carriers. Carriers often lose time and money when trying to remedy these situations themselves, writing their own Corrective Action Plans which tend to be inadequate. Once submitted to an FMCSA regional office and respective state for upgrade, months could pass before a review is processed. If the review is denied, carriers have more work and time to spend on resubmitting. This is where hiring a professional firm to handle the safety rating upgrade from the start will save you time and inevitably, money.
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