Safety Management Plan (SMP)
If the DOT has already paid a visit and issued a "Less than Satisfactory" rating, FMS can prepare a Safety Management Plan (SMP) for submission to the DOT. The SMP will outline and document the solutions put in place to ensure compliance with the regulations as per 49 CFR, 385.17.
Carriers that receive an "Unsatisfactory" rating must cease operations in 45 days (passenger or HM carriers) or 60 days (non-HAZMAT carriers) if a Safety Management Plan is not submitted and accepted by the FMCSA in compliance of 49 CFR, Part 385.17.
FMS will contact the FMCSA to discuss the DOT compliance review or intervention that resulted in your company receiving a conditional or unsatisfactory rating and develop a Safety Management Plan (SMP) that will be acceptable to the FMCSA.
FMS will collect evidence showing that corrections have been made to the compliance process, document the evidence and develop a Safety Management Plan to present to the FMCSA.
Often a FMS prepared SMP is accepted and the carrier's rating is upgraded without further intervention by the FMCSA. Most Safety Management Plans submitted by the carriers are rejected because proper information and evidence is not submitted.
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“At midnight the FMCSA sent over a cease operations letter. We attempted to write our own Safety Management Plan , but we were not successful. FMS worked with our team to get us back on track. We followed their safety protocol and FMS submitted a plan to the FMCSA that was accepted. My drivers are back on the road and our customers are back on our books. Thank you FMS, you saved our company. GH”