The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) monitors and ensures compliance with motor carrier safety and commercial regulations. The FMCSA serves as a central repository for any inspections, incidence reports, registration and certification information concerning any carrier operating anywhere in North America. This makes it an invaluable resource for brokers looking to vet prospective carriers.
Access via the Vendor record
Tailwind allows you to access the FMCSA information for any carrier, provided you have included their MC and DOT numbers in the Vendor record. This allows you to easily check the insurance coverage, inspection records, cargo certifications, and safety rating for a carrier before hiring them — or compare the same information across several carriers who might be bidding on the same load.
To do so, locate the Vendor record of the carrier by navigating to the Vendors list via the left navigation, and finding the Vendor in the list. Then click on the to open the record.
Once you have opened the Vendor record for the carrier, a ‘FMCSA’ button should appear at the top of the record. Clicking this button will bring up a summary of their FMCSA information.
The FMCSA Record
The FMCSA record includes general information on the carrier and what insurance coverage they have on file. It also shows a summary of their history of DOT inspections, including how many of those inspections uncovered problems with the vehicle or driver.
In some cases, the record will also include a Safety Rating, as issued by the FMCSA. ‘S’ indicates a satisfactory rating, while ‘C’ (Conditional) and ‘U’ (Unsatisfactory) ratings indicate increasingly severe levels of non-compliance with FMCSA safety requirements.
Finally, the record will show which Cargo classifications the carrier has been approved to carry, as well as their Operation Classification.
For more information about these statistics, and the ability to access more detailed versions of a carrier’s FMCSA information, you can visit the SAFER system website.