Motor Carrier Review for State Contract Awards
The following explains the evaluation process that the Department of Motor Vehicles uses to establish a safety rating for motor carriers applying for a state contract. Motor carriers should routinely scrutinize all elements of their transportation functions (safety evaluation areas).
Motor carriers are strongly urged to review for accuracy the administrative portion of their safety management programs (including roadside inspection reports received) and other pertinent documentation prior to bidding on state contracts. Roadside inspection reports containing inaccurate information (e.g. carrier mismatch, erroneously documented violations, etc.) may result in the "Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements" status of the carrier.
Additionally, ONCE AN INITIAL EVALUATION HAS BEEN DONE, A CARRIER’S DISCOVERY OF DISCREPANCIES IN ITS ROADSIDE INSPECTION REPORTS WILL NOT BE THE BASIS FOR A RE-EVALUATION.
Disputes contesting the accuracy of roadside inspections may be submitted by contacting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration through their website, www.fmcsa.dot.gov, locating the link in the Safety and Security tab and clicking on “Dispute Safety Data (DataQs)”. Carriers may also go directly to the DataQs log-in page, https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/login.asp.
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