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Safety and Compliance Tips for New Trucking Companies

Starting a trucking company can be an exciting and rewarding venture, but it’s also important to prioritize safety and compliance to ensure success. From securing operating authority to training drivers, here are some key tips to help ensure your new trucking company stays safe and compliant.

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Obtain operating authority

One of the first steps in starting a trucking company is obtaining operating authority from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes obtaining a USDOT number and meeting all FMCSA safety requirements, such as maintaining liability insurance and performing regular safety audits. Go here if you’d like more information: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration
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Implement safety policies and procedures

To ensure the safety of your trucks and drivers, it's important to implement clear and comprehensive safety policies and procedures. This includes regular safety inspections and maintenance of trucks, as well as training for drivers on safe driving practices.
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Ensure compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations

Trucking companies must also comply with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations set forth by the FMCSA. This includes ensuring that drivers do not exceed the maximum number of hours they can legally drive in a day, and maintaining accurate records of their driving time.
4

Properly maintain vehicles and equipment

Regular maintenance and inspection of vehicles and equipment is critical to ensuring the safety of your trucks and drivers. This includes conducting regular safety inspections, performing preventive maintenance, and replacing worn or damaged parts in a timely manner.
5

Train drivers

Providing training for drivers is also important for ensuring the safety and success of your trucking company. This includes training on safe driving practices, HOS regulations, and the proper use and maintenance of vehicles and equipment.
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Conduct regular safety audits

Regular safety audits can help ensure that your trucking company is in compliance with all FMCSA regulations and safety policies. These audits can also identify areas for improvement and help you stay ahead of any potential safety issues.
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Stay up-to-date with industry regulations

Finally, it's important to stay up-to-date with all industry regulations and changes. This includes staying informed about changes to HOS regulations, insurance requirements, and other key industry regulations.

Starting a trucking company comes with many challenges, but prioritizing safety and compliance can help ensure the success and longevity of your business. By following these tips, you can establish a safe and compliant trucking company that will thrive for years to come.

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