A less than "Satisfactory" safety fitness rating can be devastating for your business. Many shippers and brokers will not hire trucking companies with a “Conditional” safety rating and you will be left to haul only the cheapest paying freight. While your profit margins decrease, your operating costs increase as your insurance premiums rise and your trucks are targeted for more inspections. We will prepare and file your request for upgrade and the required safety management plan, drawing upon our experience in knowing what the FMCSA needs to see to upgrade your rating.
CTSE has the knowledge and experience to implement effective programs to ensure hazardous material requirements. Violations of any hazmat regulations including training may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $77,114 for each violation. If the violation results in death or serious illness or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, the maximum civil penalty is $179,933. The minimum civil penalty amount for a training violation is $463. Criminal violations may result in fines and imprisonment or both.
CTSE Solutions Include:
Hazardous Material Training Meeting the Requirements of 49 CFR Parts 172-173 for Management, Support Personnel, Drivers, and Handlers of Hazardous Materials.
Assistance completing security, threat assessments, and security plans.
Insurance coverage reviews.
Company policies and procedures reviews to assess risk.
CTSE has assisted many carriers who have transitioned to hauling hazardous materials. CTSE offers everything from complete programs to augmenting existing programs.
High CSA scores can be just as devastating as a bad safety rating. Though the scores are no longer public, many shippers and brokers seek access to the scores and make carrier selection decisions accordingly. High CSA scores also place a target on your company’s back for increased inspection and enforcement activity, and may trigger an FMCSA Compliance Review. CTSE consultants will analyze your CSA data to identify the drivers, vehicles, and behaviors that are driving your scores higher, and then develop driver training protocols and a corrective action plan based on this analysis.
An FMCSA Compliance Review can be a very intimidating experience with dire consequences for your business. CTSE consultants regularly assist clients prepare for such Compliance Reviews, serve as an intermediary with the FMCSA, and manage the Compliance Review to ensure your business is treated fairly and obtains the best outcome possible.
You have to be ready for the DOT. The best way to be ready for the DOT is to conduct periodic mock audits to assess your compliance status and take corrective action before the DOT comes in. CTSE consultants can conduct a mock audit using the same procedures and methods used by FMCSA agents when they conduct real Compliance Reviews. CTSE can calculate what your safety rating would be had a real Compliance Review been conducted. CTSE can also provide you with a detailed report outlining our findings and making recommendations for improved compliance.
CTSE’s philosophy is that effective driver on-boarding and training is the key to lower CSA scores, accident rates, and costly claims. All CTSE provided training is conducted by talented, experienced, and licensed CDL instructors. Our on-boarding process includes training on defensive driving, hours of service, pre-trip vehicle inspection, and thorough road test, with the driver/applicant required to demonstrate proficiency in all key areas.
Motor Carriers who frequently conduct safety meetings with their drivers and management staff historically have proven to have lower CSA scores, passing ISS scores, superior PSP profiles, clean MVRs, lower out-of-service & recordable accident rates. As transportation industry is becoming more and more transparent among shippers, customers, insurance companies, it is essential that your company's safety culture include routine safety meetings and record of meetings.
CTSE will provide proprietary training & meeting forums for your drivers & staff. CTSE will also enhance its presentations to meet, exceed, & address any safety & compliance matters with your company.
A catastrophic accident is a trucking or bus company’s worst nightmare. Many decisions with wide ranging consequences have to made very quickly. CTSE consultants have a wealth of experience in helping companies through their toughest times – multiple fatality and high profile accidents.
CTSE can arrive at your place of business in short order and oversee post-incident management operations.
Are you exposed? Motor Carrier Policy & Procedure are continually being placed under a microscope by by Plaintiff Attorneys, requested by shippers, and demanded by your insurance company. The CTSE Team will review your current policies and procedures for risk potentials and implement the most effective best practices to your current compliance model. CTSE will also prepare policies & procedures specific to your operations or implement novel and proven procedures and recommendations to be proactively utilized by you drivers and your company.