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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How are safety ratings handled under Compliance, Safety, Accountability?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) intends to propose replacing
the current safety rating process, which determines safety through a compliance
review with a new Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) that will incorporate the Safety
Measurement System results to determine safety fitness. The SFD Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking will be released in 2013. The SFD will need to go through the entire
rulemaking process before it becomes law. Until the proposed SFD becomes final,
FMCSA will continue to use the current safety rating process as outlined in
49 CFR Part 385. Current safety ratings can be found here:
Safety and Fitness Electronic Records.