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What Is a DOT Safety Rating?

It is important for anyone working under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) or the Department of Transportation (DOT) to know what a DOT Safety Rating is. All truck drivers and trucking companies have a safety rating, so it is essential to understand what it is and how to improve it.


What is a DOT safety rating?

Every truck driver, trucking company, and owner-operator has a safety rating. IT is an up-to-date record of the driver or company's driving that is accessible to the public and evaluated by the FMCSA. It represents the safety performance of someone operating a truck.


There are three ratings a driver or trucking company can receive: Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory.

  • Satisfactory rating: This rating means that the truck driver or company has followed safety laws and is in good shape. It is the best rating you can receive and should be everyone's target score.

  • Conditional rating: A company or driver will receive this rating when some safety protocols haven't been followed accordingly. You can still operate with this rating, but it is essential to upgrade to a satisfactory rating immediately. Some creditors, insurers, and customers could see

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