Frequently Asked Questions
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are questions and answers about Compliance,
Safety, Accountability (CSA) that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) compiled to assist the public. As questions come in through the website,
FMCSA adds them to the database along with their answers. If you do not see your
question or topic addressed, please
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question for inclusion in the FAQs.
The FAQ area has recently been enhanced. Users can now search FAQs by stakeholder
group, topics (displayed on the left side of the page), or by entering a keyword
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Do tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating personal vehicles impact
their motor carrier's Safety Measurement System (SMS) data or their Pre-Employment
Screening Program (PSP) record?
No. Tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating their personal vehicles
are State citations and do not count in SMS or PSP. SMS and PSP use only violations
of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and those regulations apply only to
people driving commercial motor vehicles. In measuring on-road safety performance,
SMS and PSP use all safety-based violations documented at roadside inspections,
as well as State-reported crashes.