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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What regulation changes does Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) bring?
CSA has not changed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), but it
has changed how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates
in enforcing the FMCSRs. In the future, FMCSA will consider a new methodology for
determining the safety fitness of motor carriers, which is currently accomplished
through the safety rating process described in Appendix B of 49 CFR Part 385. Such
potential changes will be carried out through formal notice and comment rulemaking