The New Entrant Motor Carrier Safety Program, administered by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is designed to help new motor carrier operations understand the complex federal and state regulations that motor carriers are required to follow. This program was implemented in response to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which aimed at reducing the number of safety incidents involving new motor carriers and drivers by providing increased training. In Arizona, ADOT and FMCSA conduct all new entrant safety audits.
All new interstate motor carriers are considered a new entrant for 18 months after they register with the FMCSA and receive an identification number from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). New entrant carriers are required to undergo and pass a safety audit within this period of time.