consulting firm issues DOT challenge
on: March 8, 2008, 12:54 pm
Release Author: Tim Solinger
Release Summary: Through Optima Associates' new DOT Compliance Challenge
program, motor carriers can get audit services without paying a
professional consulting fee if they score all satisfactory ratings
during an audit by Optima.
Release Body: De Pere, Wisconsin – (March 8, 2008) –
Optima Associates, Inc., an operations, risk and
asset management consulting firm based in De Pere, Wis., has come
up with a new way to assist motor carriers with DOT compliance.
The company will provide a simulated DOT motor carrier safety
audit and waive its consulting fees for any motor carrier that can
score a satisfactory rating in each of six audit factors.
will conduct a full DOT compliance review using
the motor carrier safety fitness criteria from Part 385 of the federal
regulations, as well as the latest audit procedures published in
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s
Field Operations Training Manual.
motor carriers that accept Optima’s challenge
and score a satisfactory motor carrier safety rating in all six
audit factors, the company will waive its usual consulting fees.
In these instances, motor carriers will only be charged for expenses
incurred by Optima in the course of conducting
a DOT compliance audit.
a motor carrier scores an overall satisfactory rating but has a
conditional rating in two or fewer factors, the carrier will pay
60% of Optima’s consulting fee in addition to expenses.
Simon, a senior compliance consultant at Optima, says the
company’s DOT Compliance Challenge is a way
to reward companies that are in compliance with DOT regulations.
companies that consistently do things right and that play by the
rules can really benefit from this program. This is a way for them
to get, at a nominal, expenses-only cost, an objective, outside
review from a qualified DOT consultant to ensure
that they’re in full compliance,” he says.
explains that the program is designed to assist both for-hire motor
carriers and private fleets. “This program is intended
for motor carriers and fleets that are new to Optima
and that are interested in receiving a systematic, professional
review of their DOT compliance efforts from an
notes that Optima’s transportation consultants
have conducted simulated DOT compliance audits
for hundreds of clients. “Our five DOT consultants
each have at least 30 years of experience working in all aspects
of the transportation business.”
to Simon, the launching of this program is especially timely considering
the ongoing trend in aggressive enforcement taken by the
DOT. “In recent years there has been a shift
from education to enforcement. The DOT’s stance is that motor
carriers are responsible for knowing the regulations. Ignorance
is no excuse. Carriers who are found in violation of the regulations
will be fined, and the fines can quickly run into the thousands
maintains that full DOT compliance is absolutely
essential. “In the long run, it saves many times more
than it costs, especially when considering the possibility of a
lawsuit over an accident or incident caused by being out of compliance.”
adds that the DOT’s database publicizes motor
carrier safety ratings and evaluations, and these scores are available
to customers, insurance carriers, financial institutions, lawyers
and the general public. “This is one more reason why full
compliance is critical and why regular DOT compliance
audits are especially important.”
Optima Associates, Inc.
Located in De Pere, Wis., Optima Associates is
a personalized consulting firm that provides operations, risk and
asset management consulting services. Optima helps
clients accelerate performance leading to improved business results.
To learn more about Optima Associates, visit www.optimatcp.com
Details: Jeff Simon
Sr. Compliance Consultant
Optima Associates, Inc.
1580 Mid Valley Drive
De Pere, WI 54115
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