What is a Safety Upgrade Request?
A conditional or unsatisfactory safety rating can be very damaging to a trucking company. In order to get your safety rating increased to Satisfactory, you must make a formal request to the FMCSA. That process is long and daunting. We can shorten the process and make it simple for you and your company.
How is a Conditional Safety Rating Hurting You?
A conditional safety rating is costly in two big ways. First, you will have trouble getting loads, especially if you are getting loads from brokers. Shippers and brokers will be hesitant to let you haul for them if you have a conditional rating, or they will pay you less because they know your business is having difficulties. Second, you are paying much more for your insurance. Insurance premiums are at least 25% higher for carriers with conditional ratings. Getting your insurance premiums back in line will more than pay for our service.
What is an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating?
An unsatisfactory safety rating means you can’t operate and will be placed out of service. Unless your company is deemed an imminent hazard, you are usually informed by the FMCSA that you are going to be rated as unsatisfactory. The FMCSA usually gives companies with a proposed unsatisfactory rating time to respond and potentially have the rating upgraded to conditional. That is done through a safety upgrade request.
What Does the DOT Require?
The DOT requires a very specific format for a safety rating upgrade request. You must show evidence that you have corrected your deficiencies. You must also provide all of the supporting documentation in accordance with FMCSA guidelines. The entire plan often includes hundreds of pages of documents, even for small trucking companies. That is why you want an expert like us on your side. We will not only help you develop the plan, but will also help you implement it so you don’t continue to have problems.