One of the things most new entrants to trucking dread is the DOT audit that everyone is promised within about the first year and a half of the time they started their business. Some places do it at 6 months, others catch you sometime later.
Today was my scheduled audit day, and I’m relieved and happy to say… We Passed!
Now, I wasn’t really worried, as in chewing my nails, but like anyone with any activity containing the word ‘audit’ I was concerned. And I wanted to get it right the first time.
It was stressful to a degree, particularly thinking about the possible ramifications if I had completely misunderstood or forgotten to do something in all of my pre-audit preparations. Which was enough to keep me awake quite a while last night trying to think of anything else I needed to do instead of snoring away like I should have been doing.
After all, I didn’t want the inspector to look at me and say anything remotely like… “What the…. are you stupid?” My ego would simply not have been able to stand a personal failure like that. Ok, I admit it, I am a little, just a teensy bit perfectionist-like. Just a bit.
Thankfully, he didn’t do that. Not at all. Actually he was very nice, calm, and super-professional.
I did have one bad moment when he pointed out that my drug testing consortium had failed to give me one piece of necessary paperwork, and even after I called them and asked them to fax it over ASAP AS I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF MY AUDIT, they failed to send the correct document. Needless to say, this arrangement will be coming to an end and I’ll have a new provider lined up by tomorrow as their failure indicates a level of ignorance about the necessary documentation the DOT requires. And that’s not a good sign as far as I can tell.
The nice thing was that the inspector did not flunk me over that particular issue. He just gave me good advice on what to look for in my new consortium provider that I’ll put to good use in my search for the current provider’s replacement.
Aside from that, all my duckies were apparently in the correct rows, my paperwork was legible and sorted, and it went pretty smoothly.
Thank God! Now maybe I can relax and get a good night’s sleep tonight.