The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has systems in place to help ensure truck companies operate their equipment safely and in a well maintained condition. Safe truck drivers and well maintained tractor trailers reduce the number of truck accidents on our nation’s highways.
The FMCSA defines “safety management controls” as the systems, policies, programs, practices, and procedures used by a motor carrier to ensure compliance with applicable safety and hazardous materials regulations which ensure the safe movement of products and passengers through the transportation system, and to reduce the risk of highway accidents and hazardous materials incidents resulting in fatalities, injuries, and property damage.
To help keep our highways and roadways safe, the FMCSA has developed and implemented a safety rating system for motor carriers. The FMCSA rates trucking companies as satisfactory, conditional, unsatisfactory, or unrated.
The ratings are defined by the FMCSA as follows:
(1) Satisfactory safety rating means that a motor carrier has in place and functioning adequate safety management controls to meet the safety fitness standard prescribed in § 385.5. Safety management controls are adequate if they are appropriate for the size and type of operation of the particular motor carrier.
(2) Conditional safety rating means a motor carrier does not have adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard that could result in occurrences listed in § 385.5 (a) through (k).
(3) Unsatisfactory safety rating means a motor carrier does not have adequate safety management controls in place to ensure compliance with the safety fitness standard which has resulted in occurrences listed in § 385.5 (a) through (k).
(4) Unrated carrier means that a safety rating has not been assigned to the motor carrier by the FMCSA.
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