Preparing Your Operation for a DOT Audit
Complying with DOT safety regulations means safer roads for everyone, as well as a more lucrative bottom line for you. There’s a lot at stake with your Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores, and it is in your best interest to keep your CSA scores low.
You probably know that a high CSA score can trigger a DOT safety audit. But did you know that, beyond a time-consuming audit, a high CSA score can have a negative impact on your bottom line?
Your truck’s safety record — including DOT roadside inspections, OOS, and the amount of violations and accidents — is a matter of public record. Insurance companies have been known to use this information to hike your insurance premium, or even choose not to insure your operation at all. And since it is public information, your clients may use this info as a reason to look elsewhere for their transportation needs.
How to Prepare for an Audit
Because of this, it’s in your best interest to be in compliance with all DOT regulations, and to be prepared for a DOT safety audit. To be prepared, you’ll want to know where you are already out of compliance, so you can fix it before the DOT auditors show up. The best way to identify these areas of weakness is to have another set of eyes take a look at your operation, especially if they have a thorough knowledge of the DOT regulations.
At CNS, we have a team of compliance and safety experts who are ready to help you prepare for a DOT audit. Through a CNS Safety Audit, we will evaluate your operation, taking a look at your logs, registration, and procedures. We’ll identify areas where you need to improve, and we will even set up a system to get you back into compliance. This way, if you find yourself facing an actual DOT audit, you will be prepared.
Schedule a Mock Safety Audit With a CNS Consultant
To find out how prepared you are for a DOT Safety audit, call the compliance experts at CNS: 888-339-2490