Ahern & Associates has developed a specific program to assist carriers in obtaining a satisfactory DOT rating. Ahern's safety review enables a carrier to review their current situation, which allows our consultants to provide suggestions specific to their operations. This, in turn permits a trucking company to maximize compliance of current federal regulations.
Ahern's review is conducted at the customer's facility with an Ahern & Associates safety consultant. Records that are requested and provided will be carefully examined regarding their compliance with the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations ( FMCSR ) parts 382, 383, 390 - 397. Ahern will also review a trucking company's procedures for maintenance and updating those files.
The following areas will be included in Ahern's review:
- Driver qualification files - content and update procedures.
- DOT accident records and files;
- Driver logs - preparation, hours of service, falsification violations;
- Vehicle maintenance records - contact and update procedures.
- Drug/alcohol testing - policies, procedures and documentation.
- Brake and annual inspector certificates;
- Post - trip inspection records;
- Proof of financial responsibility ( MCS - 90 ).
Upon completion of the review, our findings are discussed with key members of the management staff. In an advisory capacity, Ahern & Associates will:
- Identify problems in your current record.
- Offer recommendations for procedures to maintain those records, and;
- Any questions you have regarding compliance with the pertinent regulations will also be addressed.
- A written report will be provided to the customer outlining the findings of our onsite visit.
If you are considering engaging Ahern's services, we require the following information immediately:
- Trip reports.
- Weight tickets.
- Daily fuel purchase summary by unit. (If you have Qualcomm, you should be able to provide this for each day).
- MCMIS report (carrier profile from FMCSA).
- Access to a computer mileage program.
- Roadside inspection reports for at least the last 4 months.
- Accident registers for the current year.
- Drug and alcohol files, MIS reports, and test logs for year to date, and;
- Driver qualification files and maintenance files.
Ahern's auditor will review at least 30 random truck drivers and will complete a random vehicle inspection as part of our fee.
Arkansas Transit Home, Inc. (ATH) was founded in 1958 by my late father, Wendell Chandler. In fact, to Illustrate how long that is got most trucking companies, our DOT number only has five numbers.
I would like to thank you Andy for making this very important and life changing event possible. It was a great experience.
Arkansas Transit Homes, Inc.
We have worked with you and your colleagues at Ahern Associates for some time now. We find your expertise in the area of logistics (be it in consulting or based on being hired for acquisition analysis) to be out standing. We value the relationship and are very happy to give you this letter of reference..
You should feel free to have any party call us to discuss our experience.
Benesch Attorneys at Law
England has been formally associated with Andy Ahern and his colleagues for approximately the past three years primarily in the area of acquisitions. During that period, we have experienced a professionalism that is refreshing. Andy offers in-depth expertise as well as industry knowledge born from extensive experience, a combination which adds material value well beyond a normal business relationship.
We anticipate a long Ė term, mutually beneficial association. It was a great experience.
Very truly yours,
Keith c. Wallace,Jr.
Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer
C.R. England, Ind
Century Carriers, Inc. and its subsidiaries are family owned businesses that was started 1998. When the Transportation business was booming, times were great but, like other family owned businesses we didnít prepare for the economy the past year. My wife and I lost many hours sleep and made many calls to attorneys, banks, and whom ever would listen to our story trying to figure out how we were going to save our business for our future and our children.
Andy and his team has given us hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel and we are making progress, thanks again.
Kevin Henderson, President/CEO
Century Carriers Inc. / Century Expedited Inc.
Originally, I met Andy at a Truckload Carrier`s Conference during a round table discussion on the transition of family business. Andy was very knowledgeable about the topic and expressed many ideas that we hadn`t thought of. During the down turn of our industry in 2001, We called upon Andy, as a consultant, to help us understand how to turn our business around. We hired Ahern and Associates to come in and do businesses review. By giving us a road map to success with their intial audit, they helped turn our business around within thirty days.
Andy Ahern and Ahern & Associates have always delivered exactly what they have promised.
Don Christenson, President
Christenson Transportation, Inc.
We have thought about selling our business one day, but we really didnít know much about how to go about it. Your company contacted us a few months ago about a client of yours that was looking to buy businesses like ours. Now just a few months later, the sale is complete. Everything went very smoothly, Ahern was there to guide us through the beginning of the process. We are very happy with our whole experience with Ahern, especially Andy and Brian. They gave us personal attention any time we had questions or concerns.
John & Jennifer Rainney
I wanted to thank you for your guidance, leadership and support. The professionalism and dedication of you and your staff is outstanding. The knowledge you posses of the transportation industry and its inner workings was been a huge asset to us in our time of transition. With your assistance we have been able to make significant changes within our company to improve structure and productivity. Aherns onsite visit and detailed evaluation of our company has been a very valuable tool. The outside look at how we do business and the suggestions you've made to improve our overall performance have been very valuable. All of your advice and direction has been thoughtful and caring, I feel that you truly care about our business and success. You've done everything you said you would do and then some, working with you and your dedicated staff has been a pleasure and will improve the productivity of our company. I look forward to a long relationship with Ahern and Associates.
Specialized Business Solutions. INC