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,
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How have Roadside Inspections been improved for Compliance, Safety, Accountability
(CSA) in terms of uniformity?
Under CSA, the data collected at the roadside is more important than ever because
it is used in the Safety Measurement System to assess carriers' safety performance.
Thus, inspection and crash data that are reported to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) must meet high standards of uniformity, completeness, accuracy,
and timeliness. FMCSA has organized its effort to improve data quality into four
- Train inspectors on how to make consistent documentation of roadside inspection
and violation data.
- Standardize processes for challenging data by providing procedural guidance on the
management of the roadside data challenge process through the DataQs system.
- Increase awareness of high-level goals of the inspection program by communicating
to inspectors about how good inspections can support a systematic enforcement program
and informing industry about the differences between screenings and inspections.
- Create a system to ensure that inspectors use a uniform inspection selection process.