No one has ever accused the government of being cutting-edge technology adopters. Without a literal act of congress, the FMCSA will have to audit your files in person for it to be on the record.
That changed with the COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration which allowed for remote audits to go on the record. Emergency Declaration or not, this digital trend was started before COVID-19. For this reason, compliance software has never been more critical to track and store your hundreds of driver documents for ease of access and transfer. The perks in saving trees and time through digital record-keeping (and money in the process) have caught on are a part of several recent changes, such as the establishment of the Clearinghouse and more widespread inclusion of electronic documents and signatures, that point the way to a digital future.
In light of this trend, compliance software has increased in popularity and value as a more efficient and effective system of record keeping than the old school file cabinet, leading to both fewer day-to-day headaches and less uncertainty when the DOT knocks at your door for an audit. But why would you pay for something your safety team already does themselves?
Compliance software will continue to grow in popularity as professional driving and the FMCSA adapts to the 21st century. In addition to making day to day life easier and more efficient for drivers and safety teams, they can also help ease your mind about potential DOT audits. If you know exactly where everything is at all times, you worry a lot less about getting fined or worse. Try out a compliance system like A-Suite for free and see if it can help you out in getting compliant and set for audits.
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