FMCSA ELD Compliance Audits

FMCSA ELD Compliance Audits: What to Expect

FMCSA ELD Compliance Audits are the next step you need to prepare for.

Now that the ELD mandate is in full effect, many carriers are wondering how it will be enforced. Roadside inspections are one aspect, but carriers will also be subject to FMCSA ELD compliance audits and investigations of ELD records.

What is a Compliance Audit?

As the name implies, a compliance audit is a way for FMCSA to evaluate whether a motor carrier is following the FMCSA’s safety regulations. During a compliance audit, a safety investigator conducts a detailed review of specific elements of a carrier’s compliance program.

FMCSA conducts two types of compliance audits: (1) a full audit that covers all compliance areas, and which is typically performed on-site at a carrier’s main office, and (2) a focused audit which usually covers just one or two compliance areas, such as HOS compliance. Focused audits can be performed either on-site at the carrier’s main office, at a carrier’s terminal location, or entirely offsite. This choice is at the discretion of the FMCSA auditor.

Full compliance audits normally result in the carrier being assigned a safety rating of Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory. Focused compliance audits do not result in the assignment of a safety rating.

Find Out What You Need to Do

Want to better understand how FMCSA and, in some cases state agency auditors/investigators, review and audit electronic logging device (ELD) records for driver hours of service (HOS)? Dave Osiecki of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting has drafted a report on what to expect now that the ELD mandate is in full effect.

Get our latest report, which covers:

  • The elements of an ELD Records Compliance Audit
  • Auditing for falsified ELD records
  • What kind of ELD records and “back office” reports investigators will request
  • And more

Make sure you and your team are ready for an FMCSA ELD compliance audit before it happens—get your free report now.

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