Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission
The commission's Motor Carrier Safety program conducts safety evaluations to determine the overall safety fitness of regulated companies. While at a company's principle place of business staff evaluates records related to drug and alcohol testing, driver qualifications, and vehicle maintenance. Staff inspects company vehicles that have been involved in accidents, placed out-of-service, or cited for equipment violations while in operation.
Motor Carrier Safety uses the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) - a system developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help investigators effectively address safety and compliance issues. The SMC is a process that looks at "why" the safety and compliance issues exist rather than only identifying the violation. The SMC focuses on six core Safety Management Processes.
Policies and Procedures
Roles and Responsibilities
Qualification and Hiring
Training and Communication
Monitoring and Tracking
Each company that is evaluated receives a safety rating that shows how well the company meets requirements for safe operations. There are three possible outcomes: satisfactory, conditional, and unsatisfactory. Companies that do not receive a satisfactory rating are subject to re-inspection to ensure they improve safety practices.
The commission's Motor
Carrier Safety program provide technical assistance to regulated companies. “Technical assistance,” a term defined by the state Legislature in RCW 43.05, includes:
Information on the laws, rules, and compliance methods and technologies applicable to the commission’s programs;
Information on methods to avoid compliance actions;
Assistance in applying for permits; and
Information on the mission, goals, and objectives of the commission’s programs.
is provided by terminal visits, telephone, or in writing. The commission offers
companies a publication titled “Your Guide to Achieving a Satisfactory Safety
Record” to all regulated companies. All forms in the guide are free to
Achieving a Satisfactory Motor Carrier Safety Record
Motor Carrier Safety