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August 25, 2014
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FMCSA Improves Uniformity of Inspection Violation Data in Systems

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces the implementation of changes to State and Federal data systems that will allow States to reflect the results of adjudicated citations related to roadside inspection violation data collected in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The policy on recording results of adjudicated citations in FMCSA data systems only applies to citations issued during roadside inspections occurring on or after August 23, 2014.

Drivers and carriers must submit copies of certified documentation of adjudicated citation results through a Request for Data Review (RDR) in FMCSA's DataQs system to initiate the process. MCMIS has been modified to accept adjudication results showing that a citation was dismissed or resulted in a finding of not guilty; resulted in a conviction of a different charge; or, resulted in conviction of the original charge. The adjudicated citation results will impact the use of roadside inspection violation data in other FMCSA data systems, including the Safety Measurement System and the Pre-Employment Screening Program. These systems will be updated to remove violations that were dismissed or resulted in a finding of not guilty, and will reflect violations that resulted in a different charge.

These changes build upon FMCSA’s efforts to improve the quality and uniformity of roadside inspection violation data with input from the public, States, motor carriers, and drivers.

FMCSA outlines the policy in a Federal Register notice published June 5, 2014.

August 5, 2014
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FMCSA Improves Display of Data on SMS Website

Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rolled out enhancements to its Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website. The changes do not modify the SMS methodology or affect a carrier’s safety rating, which is subject to 49 CFR Part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures. Instead, the changes improve upon the way SMS data is displayed, helping to further FMCSA’s nationwide commitment to safety by making important safety information easier to access and understand for motor carriers that want to improve their safety performance and compliance.  

As announced in a July 2014 Federal Register (FR) Notice, FMCSA made these changes to the display of SMS data based on feedback received following a preview of the enhanced website. To continue this dialogue, FMCSA will hold educational webinars so that stakeholders can learn more about the changes and ask questions. The webinars are scheduled for the following days and times: 

Thursday, August 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET
Thursday,  August 28, 2014 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET 

During these webinars, FMCSA will also outline its new policy on adjudicated citations, which aims to improve the quality and uniformity of inspection violation data. As detailed in a June 2014 FR Notice, the policy only applies to inspections conducted on or after August 23, 2014 and is not implemented retroactively. 

To attend one of the educational webinarsabout the SMS display changes, register today. These webinars are limited in the number of available participants allowed, but the presentation will be archived and available for future reference on the CSA website. 

Visit the SMS Website to check out the new display enhancements. 

July 25, 2014
Highlights
FMCSA Announces Enhancements to SMS Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces a package of enhancements to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. SMS is an automated system that quantifies the on-road safety performance of commercial truck and bus companies that is used to identify and prioritize high-risk carriers for enforcement interventions, including increased roadside inspections and compliance reviews. The enhancements provide clearer descriptions and easier, more intuitive navigation features. The enhancements were derived from feedback solicited from motor carriers, law enforcement personnel, industry representatives and other stakeholders who were given an opportunity to critique various website enhancement proposals. The changes to the SMS website do not alter the SMS methodology or affect a carrier’s safety rating, which is subject to 49 CFR part 385, Safety Fitness Procedures. The enhancements are a continuation of FMCSA’s efforts, first announced in April 2010, to provide the motor carrier industry and other safety stakeholders with more comprehensive, informative, and regularly updated safety performance data. FMCSA will implement the SMS website enhancements by August 4, 2014. To assist users in adapting to the SMS website enhancements, FMCSA will hold three educational webinars, with two on August 20, 2014 (10:00-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.), and a third to be held on August 21, 2014 (2:00-3:30 p.m.). Webinar participants will be able to ask questions and receive real-time responses. Additionally during the webinars, FMCSA staff will discuss and answer questions on the Agency’s new adjudicated citations policy, which takes effect August 23, 2014. A full copy of the Federal Register notice is available here.

To register for one of the upcoming three educational webinars, visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/SMS_Display_Changes-New_Adjudicated_Citations_Policy_Webinar_2014.pdf.

June 30, 2014
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FMCSA Enhances CSA Website to Help Drivers and Carriers Get Road Smart

Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) unveiled enhancements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website to help drivers and motor carriers Get Road Smart about CSA, the Agency’s safety compliance and enforcement program. The updates include:

  • Consolidated, user-friendly FMCSA safety information tailored for specific user groups, including a new Motor Carrier Resource Center and an updated Driver Safety Education Center
  • Easier access to Get Road Smart materials, featuring an updated CSA Feedback Form, where anyone can order posters and a brochure, with more materials to come
  • New, easy-to-read factsheets, based on the most frequently asked questions from drivers and motor carriers, including:
    • What is CSA? – and how does it affect me?
    • I got a warning letter – what do I do?
    • What happens if I don’t improve my safety performance and compliance?

These enhancements to the CSA Website help to advance FMCSA’s safety mission by making it easier for drivers and motor carriers to access and understand important safety information. Visit the CSA Website to check out these enhancements (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/getroadsmart/).

June 13, 2014
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FMCSA Announces Changes to Reporting of Adjudicated Citations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in a Federal Register Notice this week that beginning August 23, 2014, motor carriers and drivers will be able to request the removal of roadside inspection violations from agency data systems to more accurately reflect outcomes of judicial proceedings. The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request, through the DataQs system the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Management Information System by state enforcement agencies when a driver is found not guilty or if a violation is dismissed in court. FMCSA systems will continue to retain and display violations that result in a conviction or payment of fine. Persons who plead to or are convicted of a lesser charge will also have that information reflected. The changes are part of the agency’s continued effort to improve the quality and uniformity of violation data that is accessible across FMCSA systems to sharpen the focus on unsafe carriers and drivers. FMCSA considered more than 100 public comments before finalizing the updated policy, which has wide support within the commercial motor vehicle industry. For more information on the announcement visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/rulemaking/2014-13022.

May 29, 2014
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CSA Get Road Smart Materials Available at Roadcheck 2014!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Roadcheck will take place from June 3-5, 2014 this year. Roadcheck is an annual roadside inspection event where roadside inspectors from across North America perform truck and bus inspections, hold safety events to educate the industry and the public on the importance of safe operations and the roadside inspection program, and give out educational materials.

As part of Roadcheck, roadside inspectors will be handing out materials developed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help drivers and motor carriers Get Road Smart about the Agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program.

For CSA resources and to order Get Road Smart materials, check out the CSA Website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/getroadsmart/.

April 8, 2014
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the March 28, 2014 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: There are two ways to access and view all of your safety data. Log into your Portal account (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) or log in directly to the SMS website with your FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and follow the instructions on the page.

March 25, 2014
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Join FMCSA at the Mid-America Trucking Show from March 27 – 29!

Visit us at Booth #61217, attend a briefing, or participate in a listening session about knowledge testing for new motor carriers!

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) invites motor carriers, commercial drivers, and other attendees to visit the Agency’s new exhibit at Booth #61217 in the West Wing of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world, on March 27 - 29, 2014 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. FMCSA specialists will be on-hand to answer individual questions and will have internet stations where visitors can work one-on-one with them to:

  • View safety data through the Safety Measurement System
  • Request a review of safety data through DataQs
  • Order driver records through the Pre-Employment Screening Program
  • Find certified medical examiners through the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

We also invite MATS participants to attend one or more of the FMCSA information sessions listed below:

  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection 101 – Thursday, March 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or Friday, March 28, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.
  • FMCSA Hot Topics – Thursday, March 27, 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
  • Current News on Compliance, Safety, Accountability – Friday, March 28, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

In addition, FMCSA will conduct two public listening sessions at MATS on Friday, March 28, at 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m., to solicit input concerning sections 32101 and 32916 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. These provisions require the assessment of applicants’ knowledge of regulations and industry practices for persons seeking registration authority as motor carriers (property, passenger, and household goods), freight forwarders, and brokers.

Please join us at FMCSA as we build a nationwide commitment to safety. Five million truck and bus drivers share the road with more than 250 million motorists. With stakes so high, it’s imperative that everyone Get Road Smart about safety compliance and performance. Lives depend on it.

Visit us at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/getroadsmart/.

March 5, 2014
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 21, 2014 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

February 5, 2014
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Research Shows FMCSA SMS is an improvement for ID’ing at-risk companies



New Research Shows FMCSA Safety Measurement System is an Improvement for Identifying at-risk companies

A new study confirms that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying commercial bus and truck companies of all sizes for targeted enforcement than the system it replaced. Researchers analyzed the association between historical carrier data and future crash involvement by taking two years of pre-SMS safety data for a subset of carriers, running it through the system’s algorithm, and then following those companies’ crash records for eighteen months. Results show that the companies the SMS would have identified for interventions, such as roadside inspections, warning letters and on-site investigations, had a future crash rate of more than double the national average. In addition, 79 percent of the carriers that SMS would have ranked as high risk in at least one of the seven safety categories it monitors, had higher future crash rates compared to those it would not have identified. SMS is a component of the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, which was launched in 2010 to identify and prioritize motor carriers that pose the highest threat to public safety for enforcement interventions. The study was conducted by the Volpe Center and peer-reviewed by independent experts. The full report is available at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSMS_Effectiveness_Test_Final_Report.pdf.

January 10, 2014
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the December 27, 2013 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

December 19, 2013
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FMCSA Extends Comment Period for Proposed SMS Website Display Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended the comment period for the proposed redesign of the Safety Measurement System (SMS) public website in response to a request from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The comment period began on November 5, 2013, and comments are now due by January 21, 2014. For more information on the extension of the comment period, see the December 17, 2013 Federal Register Notice, FMCSA-2013-0392-0017.

Also in January, in response to stakeholder feedback, FMCSA will update insurance information on the proposed public SMS website.   A link to the Agency’s Licensing and Insurance (L&I) website will remain available on the page to provide easy access to detailed insurance information.

The Agency will continue to review and consider other comments through the FR Notice and will provide a formal response, which may include additional changes intended to clarify and improve the display, after the comment period closes.  Stakeholder engagement and input on FMCSA’s programs are essential to improving safety on our Nation’s roads. The Agency appreciates your participation in the SMS Preview and encourages you to continue to:

Questions or Concerns: Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) technical assistants are available to answer questions about the proposed SMS Website display changes and the CSA program. Submit questions on the CSA Outreach Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx) or by phone at 877-254-5365.

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to stay updated on current program information at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

December 12, 2013
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Industry Webinar Presentation on Proposed SMS Website Display Changes Now Available

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently held three webinars for carriers, drivers, and other interested stakeholders to review the proposed redesign of the Agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) Website.  FMCSA’s goal with these changes is to   make this important information easier to understand for users.  The proposed redesign does not include changes to the SMS methodology.

Participants learned about the proposed changes, including new user-friendly features and performance tools, and received answers to frequently asked questions.  The PowerPoint presentation from these webinars is now available on FMCSA’s compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website.

We encourage you to review the preview site and provide your comments by the end of the comment period as outlined in the Federal Register notice. To assist you, we recommend the following:


Questions or Concerns: CSA technical assistants are available to answer questions about the proposed SMS Website display changes and the CSA program.  In addition, you may submit questions on the CSA Outreach Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx) or by phone at 877-254-5365.

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to stay updated on current program information at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

December 11, 2013
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the November 29, 2013 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

December 9, 2013
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FMCSA Seeks Feedback on Proposal to Improve Reporting of Inspection Violation Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a proposal in the Federal Register to improve the quality and uniformity of violation data across FMCSA systems. The proposed changes will allow court outcomes on contested citations to be incorporated in the Agency’s Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) database. These changes would impact how violations are displayed and used in the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP).

The Agency is proposing that, in early 2014, motor carriers and drivers could request inclusion of adjudication information for citations associated with violations in MCMIS inspection reports by submitting Requests for Data Review (RDRs) through FMCSA’s DataQs system (https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov). Motor carriers and drivers would have to upload court outcome documentation in order for the States to review the RDRs and record the court outcomes.

FMCSA’s SMS and PSP would, correspondingly, reflect court outcomes. These systems would retain the violation when it resulted in a conviction; remove the violation when found not guilty or the violation was dismissed; and indicate the violation when the court outcome shows a conviction of a different charge. When the court outcome shows a conviction of a different charge, the SMS severity weight tied to the violation will be reduced to the lowest possible value (1).

The Federal Register Notice provides additional information about FMCSA’s proposed new processes for documenting in its data systems. The 30-day comment period will end on January 2, 2014. We encourage your feedback on the proposed changes. (https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-28795)

November 4, 2013
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FMCSA Announces the Preview of the Proposed Safety Measurement System Website Display Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing enhancements to the display of information on the SMS Website. The proposed redesign is intended to advance FMCSA’s safety mission by making important information easier to understand for motor carriers who want to improve their safety performance and for public users interested in FMCSA data. In keeping with its dedication to transparency and commitment to consistently improve the SMS, FMCSA is providing a preview of the SMS Website display. These proposed enhancements do not include changes to the SMS methodology.

These proposed changes aim to:

  • Provide easier, more intuitive navigation and user-friendly features
  • Provide a “one-stop-shop” for FMCSA safety information for the public, motor carriers, and industry
  • Retain and provide easy access to detailed information and new performance monitoring tools

During the preview, law enforcement, motor carriers, and the public are able to view the proposed new features.

The SMS provides motor carriers and other safety stakeholders, with regularly updated safety performance assessments. FMCSA first announced the implementation of the SMS in a Federal Register notice dated April 9, 2010 (75 FR 18256) (Docket No. FMCSA-2004-18898) and announced further improvements to the SMS in Federal Register notices dated March 27, 2012 (77 FR 18298) (Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0074) and August 28, 2012 (77 FR 52110) (Docket No. FMCSA-2004-18898).

Since the launch of the SMS, FMCSA expected to make enhancements as new data and additional analyses became available. As stated in its March 27, 2012 Federal Register notice, FMCSA plans to apply a systematic approach to making improvements to SMS, prioritizing and releasing packages of improvements as needed. Consistent with its prior announcements, the Agency proposes changes to the design of the SMS public Website that are the direct result of feedback from stakeholders regarding the information displayed. The Agency is not proposing changes to the SMS methodology at this time.

Learn more by attending a webinar: Motor carriers and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend a webinar that will explain the proposed SMS display changes and answer frequently asked questions. Webinars will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, November 18, 2013, 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Thursday, November 21, 2013, 1:30-3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Friday, November 22, 2013, 11:30-1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration is required to attend one of these sessions and interested parties should register as soon as possible through FMCSA’s National Training Center at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ntc/webinarinfo/CSA_Improvements_Webinar-FMCSA.pdf.

Share your input: The 60-day SMS Preview comment period begins on November 5, 2013. A posting of the Federal Register Notice (https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-26543) outlining the changes is available for review. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System (http://www.regulations.gov/), Docket ID Number FMCSA-2013-26543. FMCSA will review comments and make any necessary changes prior to implementation.

Questions or concerns: The CSA Outreach Website has technical assistants who can answer motor carrier questions about the SMS Website display as well as the CSA program itself. Questions can be submitted by phone (877-254-5365). Comments to the proposed display changes should be submitted to the Federal Docket management System after the Federal Register Notice is published.

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to keep abreast of current program information at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

October 8, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the September 27, 2013 snapshot. Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

September 5, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the August 23, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

August 12, 2013
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July Snapshot Includes Two New Violations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has added two violations to the Safety Measurement System (SMS). One of the violations is based on the new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations and the other is based on a more detailed description of existing controlled substances and alcohol regulations. Both were implemented in the SMS as of July 1, 2013. If motor carriers have one or both of these violations, they will see them in the July snapshot of their SMS data which was released in early August.

The table below includes descriptions of the new violations, the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) they relate to, and how they are weighted in the SMS.

BASIC Violations Added to the SMS
BASIC Violation Code Description Severity Weight Violation Group Driver-Related (Y/N)
HOS Compliance 395.3(a)(3)(ii) Driving beyond 8-hour limit since the end of the last off-duty or sleeper period of at least 30 minutes

(Note: Does not apply to short haul drivers)
7 Hours Y
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.5(a)(3) Driver in possession of intoxicating beverage while on duty or driving 3 Alcohol Possession Y

FMCSA’s new HOS regulation (395.3(a)(3)(ii)) requires drivers to take a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours of a shift. Based on a court decision, effective August 2, 2013, FMCSA will no longer enforce the 30-minute break provision for drivers that qualify for either of the short haul operations exceptions outlined in 49CFR 395.1(e) or (2). This new regulation and guidance can be found at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/hos/index.htm.

The violation related to the Controlled/Substances Alcohol BASIC was added based on industry and law enforcement feedback and enables roadside inspectors to distinguish between alcohol possession and alcohol use. SMS assigns a lower severity weight to alcohol possession. Motor carriers should discuss these violations with their drivers to make sure they understand them and how to comply with the associated regulations.

FMCSA has updated Appendix A of the SMS Methodology to incorporate these violations and it is now available on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/SMS_AppendixA_ViolationsList.xlsx.

August 5, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the July 26, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

July 2, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the June 21, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

June 6, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the May 24, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

May 13, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the April 26, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

April 18, 2013
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Spotlight on Carrier Resource for the Crash Indicator BASIC

As we wrap up our series related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) key investigative tool—the Safety Management Cycle (SMC)—our spotlight moves to the Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). The SMC for the Crash Indicator BASIC helps carriers evaluate current operations, identify gaps in existing safety controls, and take action to improve safety practices with an end goal of preventing future crashes.

For example, a carrier should consider maintaining roadside inspection reports, moving violation records, crash reports, and “How am I driving?” complaints to help evaluate the performance of all staff (drivers and managers) involved in the effectiveness of company safety management policies and procedures. Also, a carrier may want to consider creating a policy and procedure for recording crash details and evaluate the company’s crash experience over time to identify potential patterns or trends.

These and other tips are available in the SMC for the Crash Indicator BASIC. Download it today! (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/About/SMC_Overview.aspx) Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.aspx) to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

April 11, 2013
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Spotlight on Carrier Resource for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC

The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is a useful tool for identifying and addressing safety and compliance issues. In the spotlight this week is the SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). This resource suggests actions in each of the six operational areas that carriers can take to work towards reducing or eliminating violations by creating or improving their safety management controls.

The SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC includes recommendations such as establishing written policies and procedures that promote, verify, and enforce adherence to all controlled substance and alcohol rules and regulations. Another action a carrier may want to take is conveying expectations to all applicable staff for adhering to controlled substance and alcohol regulations and to company policies and procedures. 

These and other practical tips are available in the SMC for the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC, available on the CSA Website’s SMC webpage (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/About/SMC_Overview.aspx). Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.aspx)
to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

April 4, 2013
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CSA Website Features Safety Management Materials for Driver Fitness

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is focusing this week on the recently released Safety Management Cycle (SMC) for the Driver Fitness Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). FMCSA’s Safety Investigators use this and other job aids every day to help motor carriers and drivers identify safety issues and find ways to improve. Now, these resources are available directly to carriers and drivers, too.

The SMC for the Driver Fitness BASIC suggests specific actions carriers can take to address and improve driver fitness problems. For example, a company could capture in the employment application all information required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to ensure the driver has the training, experience, and medical requirements for the job.

Learn more about these and other suggestions to help improve Driver Fitness. Download the SMC for the Driver Fitness BASIC today! (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/About/SMC_Overview.aspx). Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

April 3, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the March 22, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

March 21, 2013
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Spotlight on the Safety Management Cycle for the HOS Compliance BASIC

The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) is a resource for carriers and drivers as well as enforcement to help identify and address the root cause for safety and compliance issues. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released a series of SMCs tailored to each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), with the end goal of helping carriers find ways to reduce or eliminate violations by establishing and improving their safety management controls.

The SMC for the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC provides potential actions carriers can take to improve their HOS compliance. These actions are divided into six key process areas: roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, qualification and hiring, training and communication, monitoring and tracking, and meaningful action. For example, during the hiring process, a carrier should make sure a driver has the necessary skills for the job, including sufficient planning skills to know when to drive and when to stop, basic mathematical skills to calculate their hours and miles, and good organizational skills to keep each Record of Duty Status up-to-date.

Explore these and other important tips in the SMC for the HOS Compliance BASIC available from the CSA Website’s SMC webpage. Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

March 14, 2013
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Safety Management Cycle for Unsafe Driving BASIC Now Available!

Unsafe driving includes risky behavior such as speeding, improper lane change, aggressive driving, and other types of  dangerous activity. Safe driving starts with a safe driver. The Safety Management Cycle (SMC) for the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) helps carriers and drivers evaluate existing processes—including policies and procedures, training and communication, and meaningful action, among others—to determine where gaps may exist that either encourage unsafe driving behavior or leave this behavior unaddressed. 

For example, does the company have a policy that prohibits dispatchers from assigning drivers a load that cannot be completed without speeding? Take a look at the SMC for the Unsafe Driving BASIC today and make sure all necessary processes, management, and controls are in place to prevent and address unsafe driving practices. Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

March 7, 2013
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Hazardous Materials Compliance BASIC – Safety Management Cycle Online Now!

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is drawing attention to the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) that helps identify and address safety and compliance issues related to the Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).

The SMC for the HM BASIC suggests actions that carriers can take to identify the root cause of safety issues, establish and improve their safety management controls, and reduce or eliminate violations. For instance, new hire and refresher trainings are effective ways to communicate company policy and expectations about how to safely transport HM cargo. Also, implementing a disciplinary policy where high-consequence incidents result in stringent disciplinary action can help provide incentive to make every effort to follow company policy.

These and other important tips are available in the SMC for the HM BASIC. Download it today from the CSA Website’s SMC webpage http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/About/SMC_Overview.aspx. Also, make sure you review the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulationshttp://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.aspx to ensure you operate in full compliance of all current safety standards.

March 6, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 22, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

February 28, 2013
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Improve Your Vehicle Maintenance Today with the Safety Management Cycle!

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a set of documents that detail the Agency’s signature investigative tool: the Safety Management Cycle (SMC). With an SMC tailored to each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), these resources provide carriers and drivers with a tool to help them evaluate their safety practices and identify and address safety and compliance issues.

There are two SMC resources dedicated to the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC: one that focuses on cargo securement and another focusing on inspection, repair, and maintenance. By examining the six Safety Management Processes that make up the SMC—from defining policies and procedures and clarifying roles and responsibilities to taking meaningful action—carriers and drivers can gain a better understanding of the potential gaps in current safety practices and identify ways to improve. 

For example, who is responsible for informing a manager or mechanic if a safety-related problem is discovered or repairs are necessary before operating a vehicle? And, does the company have a system to ensure this communication happens and vehicles are repaired before being driven? Explore the Vehicle Maintenance SMC resources on the CSA Website’s SMC webpage to make sure you and your company have addressed these and many other important questions to ensure every vehicle is safe before it hits the road. Also make sure you review the safety regulations at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/administration/fmcsr/fmcsrguide.aspx.

February 8, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the January 25, 2013 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

January 10, 2013
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FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues.  These materials include the Safety Management Cycle (SMC), an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.  The SMC is able to identify safety problems, their root causes, and safety solutions.  

To help familiarize carriers with how to use the SMC and its six Safety Management Processes, FMCSA developed a factsheet that explains how to use these materials to improve safety practices.  FMCSA has also provided a supplemental case study that shows carriers how to use the SMC in the long-term. 

Additionally, FMCSA is releasing eight SMC job aids which were originally created for enforcement personnel.  There is one job aid for each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).  The Vehicle Maintenance BASIC has two SMCs: “Inspection-Repair-Maintenance” and “Cargo-Related.”

Check out these new SMC resources on our CSA web site’s Resources page.

January 7, 2013
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the December 14, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

December 28, 2012
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Attention Commercial Motor Carriers: Update your VMT and PU data now!

Did You Know…As a motor carrier, recent Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are required and must be up to date to properly assess your level of exposure in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).

If your VMT data in FMCSA’s database is from 2010 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January SMS snapshot is posted at the beginning of February. Instead, the level of exposure will default to average PUs over the previous 18 months which can impact your percentiles in the Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator BASICs. View the SMS Methodology for addition details on BASIC percentile calculations.

Update your MCS-150 now with 2011 VMT/PU information or shortly after January 1, 2013 with your 2012 data to ensure that FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option - “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

PLEASE NOTE: The SMS website is updated monthly, so your MCS-150 changes will not be reflected on that site until the next monthly update. You can find the schedule of SMS updates at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/InfoCenter/Default.aspx#question30897. MCS-150 updates show up faster on SAFER and the FMCSA Portal websites.

December 3, 2012
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The December 2012 Improvements to the SMS Have Arrived!

The Safety Measurement System (SMS) enhancements are here. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is announcing the implementation of 11 changes to the November snapshot of SMS. These changes reflect public input, following a preview period that began in March 2012. During that period, more than 19,000 carriers and 2,900 law enforcement personnel viewed the SMS preview data and provided comments.

For more information about these most recent changes, see the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov) or the FMCSA news release under News & Alerts (www.fmcsa.dot.gov). Motor carriers can keep track of their data on the SMS Website (http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/) and find out more about the SMS improvements.

FMCSA remains committed to CSA and making enhancements in an open and transparent manner to further reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The Agency values the input of all safety stakeholders and actively seeks constructive input and new ideas that will further improve safety on our Nation’s roadways. To submit a question or contact a member of our team, visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx.

October 12, 2012
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the September 28, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms. Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

October 9, 2012
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FMCSA Continues to Evaluate and Strengthen CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has openly sought feedback on its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program from safety stakeholders and partners since its development began in 2004. Eight years later, FMCSA continues to gather and analyze stakeholder input in an effort to continuously improve the program and our ability to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

Studies by the agency and third parties continue to show that CSA is a positive change for safety. This includes recent analysis by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and their report released on October 1, titled, “Compliance, Safety, Accountability: Analyzing the Relationship of Scores to Crash Risk.” As with prior analyses, FMCSA will conduct an in-depth review of ATRI’s report and its underlying analysis, conclusions, and recommendations. The Agency will carefully consider this information as we work to make well-informed decisions about how to further strengthen the CSA program to better identify unsafe carriers and address safety problems before crashes occur.

Based on FMCSA’s preliminary review of the report, ATRI’s findings in many ways confirm the effectiveness of the CSA program and counter some previous analyses that challenged its effectiveness. For example, ATRI’s report states that their findings “showed with high levels of confidence that Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) scores are positively related to crashes in the Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving, and Vehicle Maintenance BASICs, with the strongest relationship found for Unsafe Driving.” ATRI’s study also found that the number of BASICs above an intervention threshold is the strongest indicator of crash risk; in other words, the greater the number of BASICs above the threshold, the higher the crash risk.

ATRI’s analyses also confirmed what FMCSA has long acknowledged regarding the Driver Fitness BASIC; namely, exceeding the threshold in the Driver Fitness BASIC does not in and of itself indicate a high crash risk.  However, FMCSA’s analysis shows that three out of four motor carriers above the threshold in the Driver Fitness BASIC are also above the threshold in at least one other BASIC. FMCSA will continue to address motor carriers with patterns of noncompliance in the Driver Fitness BASIC and, in doing so, will hold carriers accountable for drivers being properly licensed and meeting medical qualification standards.

FMCSA welcomes additional feedback from stakeholders as we work to make CSA even more effective in identifying unsafe and noncompliant patterns of behavior.

If you would like to download this report, please visit the ATRI site and request the report (http://atri-online.org/2012/10/01/compliance-safety-accountability-analyzing-the-relationship-of-scores-to-crash-risk-report-request/).

September 14, 2012
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FMCSA Administrator Conveys CSA’s Key Components to Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

On September 13, 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro participated in a seven-member panel about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program in front of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. In her testimony, Administrator Ferro outlined CSA’s key components, which are the Safety Measurement System, the interventions process, and the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking. Her written testimony is now available online at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/testimony/tst-12-09-13.htm.

CSA is a robust national outreach program that collects and analyzes input from Congress, industry, safety advocates, and other stakeholders for its potential to further enhance effectiveness in identifying patterns of safety violations. Additional information about today’s Congressional hearing on CSA can be found on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s website (http://transportation.house.gov/hearings/hearingdetail.aspx?NewsID=1714).

September 8, 2012
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

 The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the August 24, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

August 24, 2012
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FMCSA Announces December 2012 Improvements to the SMS

Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is announcing improvements to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program that incorporate public comments received from a preview of proposed changes to the Agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) website. The changes are the latest round of improvements to the CSA program following public input.

The public is already seeing improved commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety under CSA. In its first year, 30 million visits were made to the Agency’s SMS Website, and violations per roadside inspection were down 8% and driver violations per inspection were down 10% — the most dramatic drop in safety violations in a decade.

In March 2012, FMCSA announced an opportunity for enforcement personnel and motor carriers to preview proposed changes to CSA’s SMS, and encourage public comment on the proposed changes. The Agency also conducted webinars to guide motor carriers through the preview. After review and consideration of the comments received, the Agency has published its response in the Federal Register. This notice is summarized below.

A Change for Safety

SMS already enables FMCSA and its state enforcement partners to better focus on high risk motor carriers. In fact, motor carriers identified as high risk by SMS have future crash rates more than double the crash rate of all active carriers.

Testing of the enhanced SMS that will be implemented in December 2012 shows that the group of motor carriers with at least one Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) above FMCSA’s safety Intervention Threshold:

  • Have a 3.9% higher crash rate than those in today’s SMS; and
  • Have a 3.6% higher Hazardous Materials (HM) violation rate than under today’s SMS.

The SMS improvements are outlined in the March 27, 2012 and August 24, 2012 Federal Register Notices, which can be found at https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-7360 and http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/sms/agency-response-to-public-comments-of-sms-changes_signed.pdf, respectively. The SMS improvements include:

  1. Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by incorporating cargo/load securement violations from today's Cargo-Related BASIC

    Moving cargo/load securement violations into the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC will provide important benefits. It will identify motor carriers with a higher future crash risk for FMCSA interventions. Also, including the load securement violations in the new Vehicle Maintenance BASIC will remove the bias in the current Cargo-Related BASIC that has resulted in identifying a disproportionately large number of carriers that haul open trailers (e.g., flatbeds) for interventions. The new Vehicle Maintenance BASIC will better identify safety issues across all types of carrier operations.

  2. Changing the Cargo-Related BASIC to the HM Compliance BASIC to better identify HM-related safety and compliance problems

    FMCSA will implement the HM Compliance BASIC to address motor carriers that do not comply with Federal safety regulations related to properly packaging, transporting, accurately identifying, and communicating hazardous cargo in the event of a crash or spill. Hazardous Materials Transportation increases the risk to the public in the event of a crash. Unmarked or poorly marked HM cargo can result in less effective emergency response, as well as injuries and fatalities for emergency responders and others.

    • The HM Compliance BASIC will identify carriers with higher HM violation rates (33.8% versus 29.1%) and HM out-of-service rates (5.4% vs. 4.0%) than the current Cargo-Related BASIC.
    • The HM Compliance BASIC will be available only to logged-in motor carriers and enforcement personnel in December 2012. Further examination of this BASIC will take place over the next year before it becomes available to the public.
  3. Better aligning the SMS with Intermodal Equipment Provider (IEP) regulations

    SMS will be updated to align with the current regulations to include violations that should be found and addressed during drivers’ pre-trip inspection on intermodal equipment in order to better identify carriers with compliance issues.

  4. Aligning violations that are included in the SMS with Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection levels by eliminating vehicle violations derived from driver-only inspections and driver violations from vehicle-only inspections

    To support data uniformity and consistency, motor carriers will not be penalized in the SMS for violations cited outside the scope of an inspection. All violations from roadside inspections will continue to be on a carrier’s inspection report; however, only violations that fall within the scope of the specific inspections performed will be used in the SMS.

  5. More accurately identifying carriers that transport significant quantities of HM

    The definition of carriers subject to the lower HM Intervention threshold is being revised in December to better ensure the carriers are hauling placardable quantities of HM on a more regular basis before being subject to the more stringent intervention thresholds.

  6. More accurately identifying carriers involved in transporting passengers

    Motor carriers subject to the passenger carrier threshold in the SMS are held to a significantly higher standard than non-passenger carriers. To better ensure the safety of passengers, FMCSA will update the definition of passenger carrier within SMS to enable the Agency to better focus resources on motor carriers involved with passenger transportation.

  7. Modifying the SMS display

    FMCSA is responding to feedback from enforcement and industry to change how fatalities and injuries caused by crashes are presented in SMS, and to stakeholder requests for more specific terminology in the BASICs. In the package of enhancements being previewed, the SMS display has been modified to:

    • Change current terminology, “inconclusive” and “insufficient data,” to fact-based descriptions. Fact-based descriptions are easier for stakeholders to understand and interpret and will enable them to take more effective and targeted actions to improve safety.
    • Separate crashes with injuries from crashes with fatalities. This eliminates a potentially misleading interpretation that a carrier has more fatalities than it actually does.

In addition, four additional changes have been identified since the beginning of the preview period that will also be implemented in December. These are described in the August 2012 Federal Register Notice and are outlined below:

  1. Removing 1 to 5 mph speeding violations

    • FMCSA has aligned speeding violations to be consistent with current speedometer regulations (49 CFR 393.82) that require speedometers to be accurate within 5 mph.
    • Applies to the prior 24 months of data used by SMS and all SMS data moving forward.
  2. Lowering the severity weight for speeding violations that do not designate MPH range above the speed limit.

    • The severity weight will be lowered to 1 for violations.
  3. Aligning paper and electronic logbook violations

    • FMCSA will equally weight paper and electronic logbook violations in SMS for consistency purposes.
  4. Changing the name of the Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service (HOS)) BASIC to the HOS Compliance BASIC

    • This BASIC continues to have a strong association with future crash risk. This action is being taken to reflect that the BASIC includes hours of service recordkeeping requirements that, by themselves, do not necessarily indicate fatigued driving or driving in excess of allowable hours.

FMCSA promotes safety through creating awareness, issuing early and compelling calls to action, for example through the SMS Previews, and providing education and technical outreach through its Division Offices and the CSA Communication and Outreach Team. To submit a question or directly contact a member of our team who can help you, visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx.

August 15, 2012
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FMCSA Launches Facebook Page

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a Facebook page in an effort to further increase transparency and public awareness of FMCSA safety programs, encourage collaboration, and stimulate innovation.  FMCSA’s Facebook page will be updated daily and will feature announcements, events, important updates, and other information of interest to our stakeholders. FMCSA values the input of all safety stakeholders, including enforcement, industry, safety advocates and the public. By sharing ideas, we can make a greater impact in improving safety on our nation’s roadways. FMCSA also understands that the communication landscape has changed greatly over the past decade and that our stakeholders are used to and want more real-time updates than ever before. Facebook will help us meet this demand by providing an accessible, efficient, two-way communication tool to facilitate the timely and useful sharing of ideas. 

Information posted to the FMCSA Facebook page can also be found and verified through the agency's official Web site: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/

Link to the FMCSA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FMCSA.
Contact Candice T. Burns: (202) 366-9999

August 9, 2012
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FMCSA Improves SMS with ASPEN Enhancements

In July 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in conjunction with its State Partners and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, refined the roadside inspection system, ASPEN, to improve the Safety Measurement System (SMS). SMS uses roadside inspections, reported through ASPEN, and crash data to prioritize motor carriers for interventions.

This action is in response to stakeholder feedback that indicated that some commercial driver violations in SMS are a result of license suspensions for non-safety related reasons, such as failing to pay a parking ticket. Motor carriers often cannot detect these suspensions when doing required background or annual checks of a driver’s driving record.

The refinement to ASPEN will collect more precise data about drivers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMV) while disqualified to improve the Agency’s ability to identify non-compliant and unsafe motor carriers. Specifically, the enhancement will allow roadside inspectors to classify disqualified driver violations into different categories depending on whether the driver’s license is:

  1. Suspended by the driver’s license-issuing State or another State; and
  2. Suspended for a safety-related (e.g., speeding or false logs violations) or non-safety related (e.g., failure to pay parking tickets) reason.

This additional data will strengthen the effectiveness and accuracy of the Driver Fitness Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) of the SMS. More importantly, it will hold motor carriers accountable for using a driver with a license that has been suspended for safety-related reasons by the driver’s license-issuing State.

The table below shows the definitions and severity weights assigned to the updated violations in ASPEN effective July 20, 2012. In order to ensure uniform implementation, these changes are not applied retroactively.

Violation Before ASPEN Enhancement (Severity Weight) Violations After ASPEN Enhancement (Severity Weight)
383.51(a) Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified (8) Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified (Safety/State of Record) (8)
Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified (Safety/Not State of Record) (5)
Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified (Non-Safety/State of Record) (5)
Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified (Non-Safety/Not State of Record) (1)
391.15(a) Driving a CMV while disqualified (8) Driving a CMV while disqualified (Safety/State of Record) (8)
Driving a CMV while disqualified (Safety/Not State of Record) (5)
Driving a CMV while disqualified (Non-Safety/State of Record) (5)
Driving a CMV while disqualified (Non-Safety/Not State of Record) (1)

August 7, 2012
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FMCSA Announces a New MCSAC Subcommittee on CSA

As part of its continued effort to improve motor carrier safety on the Nation’s roads, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has formed a Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) subcommittee for the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. On Friday, August 3, 2012, FMCSA published a Federal Register Notice to formally announce the CSA subcommittee that will meet during the next MCSAC meeting on August 27–28, 2012 (http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2006-26367-0107).

The CSA program has made significant strides in reaching more motor carriers, reducing violations, and increasing public awareness. Feedback from carriers, safety advocates, law enforcement, industry, and other members of the public remain a valued part of this process.

This MCSAC subcommittee will be another mechanism for the Agency to receive input regarding CSA. This established forum encourages representatives from across the spectrum of safety stakeholders to review and discuss future enhancements to CSA. The FMCSA looks forward to receiving the subcommittee’s feedback and building upon the well-founded principles and rigorous processes used to develop CSA.

August 7, 2012
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the July 27, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

July 23, 2012
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CSA’s New Crash Weighting Research Plan

FMCSA’s top priority is safety. Over the past two years, the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program has been working successfully to make the Nation’s roads safer. CSA aims to identify motor carrier safety problems earlier through better use of data, with the end goal of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

As part of this commitment to safety, FMCSA continually identifies ways to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of its safety programs, including CSA. In this spirit FMCSA is announcing a focused initiative to analyze a process for updating the 100,000 annual State-reported crash records to include a determination of a motor carrier’s role in a crash.

Today, the crash reports submitted by the States do not include a determination of whether the motor carrier is responsible for causing the crash. Analysis shows that the current process of including all crashes a motor carrier is involved in is a good predictor of future crash risk.

That said, the agency recognizes that additional crash data might further sharpen the ability of the SMS to identify carriers that pose the highest risk. Therefore the agency is conducting a comprehensive analysis which includes the below key steps:

  • A broad study of PARs across the Nation will attempt to determine whether they provide sufficient, consistent, and reliable information that can be used to determine the carrier’s role in a given crash and what other information, including input from other entities in the outcome of a crash determination, should be used to supplement PARs for maximum reliability.
  • FMCSA will conduct analysis to determine if the carrier’s role in a given crash is a better indicator of future crash risk. If so, the analysis will determine the impact of weighting crashes differently in SMS.
  • Throughout this analysis, research will also be reviewed from similar programs in other countries (e.g., Canada) to understand their analysis, processes, and applicability to SMS.

The executive summary of FMCSA’s Crash Weighting Research Plan is posted on the CSA website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/CrashWeightingResearchPlan_7-2012.pdf).

The results of this study will be available in the summer of 2013. Based on the results, FMCSA will develop the Agency’s plan forward for determining a carrier’s role in a crash and the potential use of this new information in the Agency’s safety programs-- including SMS.

FMCSA is committed to continually improving SMS, in a thoughtful, methodical and transparent manner, to ensure that it continues to aid in carrying out FMCSA’s critical safety mission.

July 13, 2012
Highlights
FMCSA Outlines CSA’s Safety Benefits to Congressional Committee

On July 11, 2012, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott testified about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business. Deputy Bronrott’s written testimony discusses CSA’s safety benefits and its impact on small businesses, and is posted on FMCSA’s Website. Some of the key points of the testimony are listed below:

  • Independent analysis indicates the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) is a significant improvement over prior systems to effectively meet FMCSA’s Congressional mandate to investigate high-risk carriers.
  • The CSA SMS is effectively monitoring the motor carrier industry. The 200,000 carriers with sufficient data to be scored in the SMS are involved in 93% of the crashes reported to FMCSA.
  • The CSA SMS is not biased against small business. While carriers with 5 or less power units make up over 85% of the industry, 93% of these small carriers do not score poorly in any area of the SMS.
  • Analysis of the CSA interventions model demonstrated an overall 35% increase in the number of carriers reached per Safety Investigator. CSA uses Onsite Focused Investigations and warning letters, which are effective in improving compliance and less intrusive and time-consuming for motor carriers.
  • From CSA rollout in December 2010 until the end of 2011, violations per roadside inspection declined by 8% and driver violations per inspection declined by 10%. This the most significant improvement in violation rates in the last 10 years.

The Agency is committed to continuous improvement of the CSA program. In fact, five proposed enhancements to SMS are currently being previewed by motor carriers based on specific industry and enforcement personnel feedback since SMS rollout in December 2010. These proposed enhancements are outlined in the Federal Docket Management System and were the topic of a recent public webinar series held by the Agency. Overall, 670 participants listened in, many of whom have expressed positive feedback. The presentation is now available to everyone on the CSA Website.

The CSA program has already shown many safety benefits and FMCSA will continue finding ways to make our roads safer.

July 9, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the June 22, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results.

Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

June 12, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the May 25, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

June 5, 2012
Highlights
FMCSA Urges Motor Carriers to Preview Their Data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) (http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/) to improve the Agency’s ability to prioritize its workload. In keeping with its commitment to continually improve the SMS, and to do so in an open and transparent manner, FMCSA is now providing additional time for motor carriers to preview their data under the proposed improvements and to provide feedback.

Call to action: Motor carriers should log in and see where they stand based on the refined methodology. The SMS Preview gives motor carriers time to take the following actions:

  • Improve safety compliance by diagnosing issues and taking action to correct organizational problems, train drivers, or take other appropriate measures to improve safety;
  • Request corrections to any inaccurate data; in particular, motor carriers should focus on ensuring that information related to placardable Hazardous Materials inspections is correct; and
  • Provide feedback to FMCSA about refinements they think should be made before the changes are implemented.

The SMS Preview comment period has been extended to July 30, 2012. FMCSA will review comments and make any necessary changes prior to implementation. Carriers can access the SMS Preview through two FMCSA websites:

On the CSA Website’s Resources page, visitors can access a foundational document http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/SMS_FoundationalDoc_final.pdf) that provides additional information about this first set of SMS changes. A Federal Register Notice (https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-12634) outlining the changes is also available for review. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System (http://www.regulations.gov/), Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

Attend a webinar to learn more: Motor carriers are invited to attend a webinar that will help explain the SMS improvements and answer frequently asked questions. The webinar will take place on the following three dates:

  • Tuesday, June 26, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Wednesday, June 27, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time
  • Thursday, June 28, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Registration is required to attend one of these sessions and interested parties should register as soon as possible through FMCSA’s National Training Center at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ntc/webinarinfo/CSA_Improvements_Webinar-FMCSA.pdf.

Questions or concerns: The CSA Outreach Website has technical assistants who can answer motor carrier questions about the SMS Preview as well as the CSA program itself. Questions can be submitted by email or phone (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/CSA_Feedback.aspx).

Stay connected: Subscribe to the CSA Website to keep abreast of current program information at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

May 16, 2012
Highlights
FMCSA Releases Resources for Safety Stakeholders (updated September 2012)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program is providing resources geared towards safety stakeholders about the agency’s publicly available data. FMCSA makes three sources of safety and compliance data available to the public. These sources are the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records system; the Licensing and Insurance Online Website; and CSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS). The resources consist of a factsheet and a PowerPoint presentation.
 
FMCSA developed these resources in response to feedback from safety stakeholders. The factsheet identifies and clarifies all three of FMCSA’s publicly available data sources.  In addition, the PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of FMCSA’s publicly available data sources that includes screenshots from each of those sources.  The two resources can be found at this link: https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/resources.aspx?locationid=115.


FMCSA will continue answering questions and feedback about its CSA program. The CSA Website publishes new information regularly, so make sure to visit it to keep up-to-date. Also, stay connected to CSA by subscribing to the RSS feed and signing up for the email subscription service (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Stay_Connected.aspx).

May 10, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the April 27, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

Also available is FMCSA’s SMS Preview website.  Carriers can log in to the site to preview the first package of proposed changes to the SMS through two websites:

1. Visit the CSA Website (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/smspreview/) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2. Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results. Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS or SMS Preview websites and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

March 27, 2012
Highlights
Motor Carriers Can Now Preview the First Package of SMS Enhancements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce that motor carriers can now preview the first package of changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA designed SMS to be improved over time as better technology, new data, and additional analysis become available. This release is the first in a series of improvements to SMS that will take place up to twice a year. FMCSA is providing a preview period for motor carriers and enforcement personnel before it uses the SMS changes to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and before it makes those changes available to the public. The SMS Preview begins on March 27, 2012 and runs through late June 2012.

These first enhancements are the agency’s response to findings from its ongoing analyses of data and input from enforcement, industry, and other safety stakeholders. During the SMS Preview, FMCSA is collecting, assessing, and addressing feedback from preview participants, and may further refine the SMS enhancements prior to public implementation in summer 2012.

As of March 27, 2012, carriers can access the SMS Preview through two websites:

1.       Visit the CSA Website (https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/login.aspx) and log in with an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT number and a personal identification number (PIN), or

2.       Log in to the FMCSA Portal (https://portal.fmcsa.dot.gov/login ) and select the “CSA Outreach” link.

FMCSA encourages motor carriers to view the SMS Preview to see how methodology changes will affect their SMS results.

On the CSA Website’s Resources page, motor carriers and other stakeholders can access a foundational document that provides additional information about the first set of SMS changes. A Federal Register notice outlining the changes is also available for review.  Written comments regarding the changes can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2012-0074.

March 26, 2012
Highlights
FMCSA Responds to the Wells Fargo Equity Research Report on CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has just released its review of the Wells Fargo Equity Research Report on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. Accompanying FMCSA’s review is a letter from FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance President, David Palmer, who requested an FMCSA review of the Wells Fargo report. Both the letter and the review support the CSA program and refute the findings contained in the Wells Fargo report.

Based on the agency’s own analysis and research conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), FMCSA disagrees with the primary finding in the Wells Fargo report. FMCSA analysis shows significant statistical relationships between the Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service (HOS)) Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) and crash risk for all carriers, as well as a subset of the largest carriers, while the Wells Fargo finding asserts that there is no statistically meaningful relationship between the Unsafe Driving/Fatigued Driving (HOS) BASICs and crash rates. 
 
Approximately 200,000 motor carriers have sufficient crash or inspection activity to be assessed in at least one BASIC of the SMS. This group of 200,000 carriers includes carriers of all sizes, and they are involved in over 90 percent of all crashes. FMCSA believes that the Wells Fargo assertion that “only 12 percent of carriers have sufficient inspection data to be rated” relates to the 92,000 motor carriers that have sufficient negative information (i.e. violations or crashes) for the Safety Measurement System to assign a percentile to a BASIC.  These carriers are responsible for 83 percent of the crashes.

FMCSA’s review responds in detail to the Wells Fargo report and its primary finding, and includes an appendix with graphs to show FMCSA’s and UMTRI’s results. Visit the CSA Website to read FMCSA’s review of the Wells Fargo report as well as Anne Ferro’s letter in support of CSA.

March 9, 2012
Highlights
FMCSA Participates in a Roundtable on CSA

Last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Anne Ferro and members of her staff participated in the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Transportation Safety Roundtable to highlight Compliance, Safety, Accountability’s (CSA) positive impact on safety. The session provided FMCSA with an interactive opportunity to present current, accurate information on CSA and correct rumors and myths. The key points are as follows:

  • The Safety Measurement System (SMS) assesses the relative safety of motor carriers, which allows FMCSA to efficiently and effectively prioritize enforcement resources on motor carrier safety issues.
  • SMS is one of three web-based systems where the public can find information about motor carriers. The other two are the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System (http://www.safersys.org/), which provides registration data and safety ratings, and the Licensing and Insurance Online Website (http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/), which allows users to confirm that a motor carrier has active operating authority and adequate insurance.
  • CSA’s SMS has enough data to assess about 200,000 of the 525,000 active interstate motor carriers in at least one Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC); these 200,000 carriers are involved in over 90% of all interstate commercial motor vehicle crashes.
  • The Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) BASICs have strong relationships to future crash risk. In fact, an independent evaluation by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute found that carriers with either one of these two BASICs above FMCSA’s intervention thresholds had crash rates three times greater than those without BASICs exceeding FMCSA’s intervention thresholds.
  • CSA is improving safety performance. We see that roadside inspection violations declined by 9 percent in the 12 months after the SMS launch.
  • Roadside inspections documenting violations of regulations related to the Unsafe Driving BASIC are triggered by observed driving behaviors and not by a carrier’s percentile rank in the Unsafe Driving BASIC.
  • CSA provides motor carriers with opportunities to improve their BASIC percentile ranks by demonstrating that they have improved their roadside performance either through reduced crashes or clean roadside inspections; in fact, over 1 million of 3.5 million roadside inspections conducted annually are inspections with no violations.
  • CSA’s SMS identifies about the same number of small carriers that SafeStat did; and, of the carrier population with sufficient data to be assessed, SMS identifies a proportionate number of small, medium, and large carriers for CSA interventions.
  • FMCSA does not formally “rate” drivers.
    • The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), which is mandated by Congress, provides prospective motor carriers with driver inspection, crash, and violation history upon driver release.
    • SMS has tools that enable enforcement personnel to identify and address driver safety performance problems during a carrier investigation.
  • FMCSA and its State Partners have made great strides in improving roadside uniformity and data quality over the past several years.
    • Since 2004, FMCSA and State Partners have logged more than 27 million crash and inspection reports.
      • Less than 0.5% of these have received a Request for Data Review (RDR).
    • FMCSA recently revised its DataQs user guide in conjunction with the States and that guidance is helping to improve DataQs further.
    • FMCSA publishes a monthly evaluation of the completeness, timeliness, accuracy, and consistency of State-reported data.
    • FMCSA works closely with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to establish and implement policies for consistent and uniform data collection at the roadside.
    • FMCSA is modifying roadside inspection software to align with CVSA’s recommendations, again, in an effort to make data collection more consistent and uniform.

A copy of the presentation that FMCSA gave at the SBA’s Transportation Safety Roundtable on CSA is posted on the CSA Outreach Website. This website is the official resource for information about CSA. Stakeholders are encouraged to visit the website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov and to sign up at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx to receive regular email updates.

March 8, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 24, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.
 
NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

March 6, 2012
Highlights
Find Out More about CSA’s Crash Indicator BASIC

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is the last in a series of seven to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focusing on the Crash Indicator BASIC factsheet, which discusses high crash involvement, including frequency and severity, and which may indicate a problem that needs attention. Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for additional information regarding the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as Police Accident Reports, and for information about how to address crash-related problems including unsafe driving histories.

February 27, 2012
Highlights
Uncover More Facts about the Cargo-Related BASIC in this New Factsheet!

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Cargo-Related Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is the sixth in a series of seven to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is focusing attention on the Cargo-Related BASIC factsheet, which addresses the proper prevention of shifting loads, spilled or dropped cargo, overloading, and unsafe handling of Hazardous Materials (HM), as outlined under the HM Regulations and Parts 392, 393, and 397 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for information regarding the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as HM incident reports, and for information about how to resolve cargo-related problems.

February 22, 2012
Highlights
Be More Informed about CSA’s Vehicle Maintenance BASIC

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is the fifth in a series of seven to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on theResources page.

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is highlighting the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC factsheet, which describes what proper maintenance and compliance look like under Parts 393 and 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for information regarding the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, and for information about how to proactively address any vehicle malfunction or maintenance problem.

February 13, 2012
Highlights
Spotlight on the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Controlled Substances/Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is the fourth in a series of seven that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released on January 17, 2012 to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.

This week FMCSA is drawing attention to the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC factsheet, which covers driver impairment due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and the misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications, as outlined under Parts 382 and 392 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for information regarding the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as driver evaluations and referrals, and for information about how to address problems related to controlled substances and alcohol.

February 8, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the January 27, 2012 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

 
NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

February 6, 2012
Highlights
Read the Driver Fitness BASIC Factsheet on the CSA Resources Page

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Driver Fitness Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is one in a series to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.

The Driver Fitness BASIC factsheet focuses on drivers and their operation of commercial motor vehicles, including their driving, training, and medical qualifications, as outlined under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) Parts 383 and 391. Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for additional information regarding what documents associated with this BASIC to keep in the event of a safety investigation, such as annual reviews of driving records, and how to proactively address driver fitness-related problems.

January 30, 2012
Highlights
CSA Website Features the Fatigued Driving (HOS) BASIC Factsheet

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service (HOS)) Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is the second in a series of seven that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released on January 17, 2012 to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.

This week FMCSA is putting the spotlight on the Fatigued Driving (HOS) BASIC factsheet, which gives information about driver fatigue management and HOS requirements, as outlined under Parts 392 and 395 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for information regarding the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as records of duty status (RODS), and for information about how to proactively address HOS and driver fatigue-related problems.

January 27, 2012
Highlights
January SMS Snapshot Will Incorporate Two SMS Improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enhanced the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology so that it includes violations based on new cell phone use regulations and provides more detailed breakouts of some existing brake, wheel, and coupling regulations. In February, when the January snapshot is released, motor carriers may notice the following two changes.

  1. The addition of five texting and cell phone use violations in the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) as outlined below. The violations reflect FMCSA’s decision on January 3, 2012 to ban commercial drivers from using mobile telephones while driving, which includes a ban on texting. Motor carriers should discuss the new violations with their drivers to ensure that they are aware of these requirements.
    Added Carrier SMS Unsafe Driving BASIC Violations
    Section Violation Description Shown on Driver/Vehicle Examination Report Given to Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Driver after Roadside Inspection Violation Group Description Violation Severity Weight
    177.804(b) Failure to comply with 49 CFR 392.80 - Texting while Oper a CMV - Placardable HM Texting 10
    177.804(c) Fail to comply with 392.82 - Using Mobile Phone while Oper a CMV - HM Phone Call 10
    392.80(a) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while texting Texting 10
    392.82(a)(1) Using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a CMV Phone Call 10
    392.82(a)(2) Allowing or requiring driver to use a hand-held mobile tel while operating a CMV Phone Call 10
  2. A breakout of six current Vehicle Maintenance violations into 22 that provide more descriptive and detailed information about compliance with existing brake, wheel, and coupling regulations. This change will ensure that SMS remains aligned with improvements recently made to roadside data collection systems. Those improvements are the results of a joint FMCSA and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance effort to increase data uniformity through improved processes and tools. This change will help to clarify who the responsible party is for the violations, either the motor carrier or the Intermodal Equipment Provider.

FMCSA is revising Appendix A of the SMS Methodology document to take these changes into account. The agency will re-post the document to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website at the same time the January SMS snapshot is released. Stay tuned by subscribing to the CSA Outreach Website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.

January 23, 2012
Highlights
Know More Facts about the Unsafe Driving BASIC

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website now features the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet. This new factsheet is one in a series of seven that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released on January 17, 2012 to better educate motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, and other industry stakeholders on CSA’s seven safety categories. Motor carriers and drivers can access this factsheet, as well as the other BASIC factsheets, on the Resources page.
 
This week FMCSA is highlighting the Unsafe Driving BASIC factsheet, which addresses the careless and dangerous operation of commercial motor vehicles by drivers, as outlined under Parts 392 and 397 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). Motor carriers and drivers can refer to this factsheet for information about the types of documents associated with this BASIC they should keep, such as driver training certificates, and for information about how to proactively handle unsafe driving problems.

January 17, 2012
Highlights
BASIC Factsheets Now Available on Website

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program has just released a new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet series on the CSA Outreach Website. These factsheets are targeted for motor carriers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who want to learn more about the agency’s seven BASICs, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) upon which they are based, and how to ensure they comply with those regulations.
 
Motor carriers and drivers should read all seven of these new factsheets to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the CSA program and, more specifically, the BASICs. The BASICs are Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service), Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo-Related, and Crash Indicator. As these factsheets outline, the BASICs are safety categories in the CSA program’s Safety Measurement System (SMS). Motor carriers can see where they stand in each BASIC by logging into the SMS online (http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/).
 
These BASIC factsheets fulfill an informational need for motor carriers and drivers looking for ways to improve their safety performance. Motor carriers should consider these factsheets not only as a resource for themselves but also as a tool for educating their drivers. FMCSA will highlight one BASIC factsheet each Monday for the next seven weeks through this subscription email service to support industry’s understanding of the BASICs.
 
View the BASIC factsheets now.

 Stay connected to CSA by subscribing to the RSS feed and signing up for the email subscription service (http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Stay_Connected.aspx).

January 6, 2012
Highlights
Reminder Commercial Motor Carriers: Update your VMT and PU data now!

Did You Know…As a motor carrier, your Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are used to calculate your Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) percentiles.

If your VMT data is 2009 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January Safety Measurement System (SMS) snapshot is posted at the beginning of February.

Update your MCS-150 now with your 2010 or 2011 VMT/PU data to ensure FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option - “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

PLEASE NOTE: The SMS website is updated monthly, so your MCS-150 changes will not be reflected on that site until the next monthly update. You can find the schedule of SMS updates at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/InfoCenter/#question5. MCS-150 updates show up faster on SAFER and the FMCSA Portal websites.

Below are a few questions and answers that help to explain the situation.
 
 
1)      If the VMT data is not updated and is 2009 or older, what impact will this have when the snapshot is posted in the beginning of February?  SMS uses VMT data if it has been provided within the last 24 months and references one of the two previous years.  So, the January 2012 snapshot (released in early February 2012), will only include data provided within the last 24 months and that has a VMT year of 2010 or later.

2)      What will be affected?  This could potentially impact a motor carrier’s Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator BASICs results – both which use VMT data in their calculations.

3)      How will motors carrier be affected?  Motor carriers that currently receive a VMT-based adjustment due to high truck utilization (i.e. more VMT per PU than the average) will cease receiving that adjustment if they do not update their MCS-150 form to reflect more recent data (i.e. VMT year of 2010 or 2011).

4)      If they update the information during the month of January will the change be reflected in the January snapshot that is posted in early February? Motor carriers must update their VMT information in the first few weeks of January to avoid this potentially detrimental effect on their Unsafe Drive and Crash Indicator BASIC percentiles.

January 4, 2012
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the December 16, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

December 19, 2011
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Attention Commercial Motor Carriers: Update your VMT and PU data now!

Did You Know…As a motor carrier, your Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) and Power Unit (PU) data from your Motor Carrier Registration form, known as the MCS-150, are used to calculate your Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) percentiles.

If your VMT data is 2009 or older, it will not be used in your calculations when the January Safety Measurement System (SMS) snapshot is posted at the beginning of February.

Update your MCS-150 now with 2010 VMT/PU information or shortly after January 1, 2012 with your 2011 data to ensure FMCSA is using the most accurate data available to calculate your percentiles. Visit https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option to update your MCS-150 information. Under the “Existing Registration Updates” section, choose the first option - “I need to update my USDOT number registration information or file my biennial update.”

PLEASE NOTE: The SMS website is updated monthly, so your MCS-150 changes will not be reflected on that site until the next monthly update. You can find the schedule of SMS updates at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/InfoCenter/#question5. MCS-150 updates show up faster on SAFER and the FMCSA Portal websites.

November 29, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the November 18, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

November 15, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the October 28, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

October 4, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the September 23, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

September 22, 2011
Highlights
CSA Warning Letters Raise Awareness and Get Results!

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute’s (UMTRI) recent evaluation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Operational Model Test (Op-Model Test) concluded that the CSA warning letter intervention is highly effective.  Specifically, the results showed that a year after receiving a warning letter, 83% of the test carriers had resolved identified safety problems.
 
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued over 33,000 warning letters since it launched CSA last December.  While it is not required, many motor carriers send in letters and/or call Division Offices when they receive a warning letter; a number of them have reported that the letter served as a wake-up call that helped them to identify and address  their safety problems.
           
The Warning Letter Tipsheet, a useful tool for motor carriers that receive warning letters, can be found at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/WarningLetterTipsheet.pdf.  FMCSA will begin enclosing one with each warning letter this fall.

A general factsheet about the warning letter intervention can be found at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSA2010_WarningLetterFactsheet.pdf.  It provides a sample warning letter and some frequently asked questions.
           
In addition, those interested in learning more about the UMTRI evaluation can visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/umtri.aspx.  

Stay connected to CSA by signing up for the email subscription service at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

September 16, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the August 26, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

Also the Safety Measurement System(SMS) Downloads area now contains a file with SMS Summary Results for all active motor carriers registered as Intrastate Non-Hazmat motor carriers.  Previously, SMS Summary results were only available for motor carriers registered as Interstate and Intrastate Hazmat motor carriers.  In addition, the Motor Carrier Census Information download now identifies motor carriers  that are subject to the ‘Placardable Hazardous Materials (HM) Threshold’.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

September 8, 2011
Highlights
Attention Drivers - - Know the Facts…Be Prepared

Did You Know?

  • The data kept by a State (i.e. tickets, citations, written warnings, convictions) and the data that is kept in the SMS (i.e. violations from roadside inspection and crash reports) are separate.
  • Carriers do not inherit any of a newly hired driver’s past violations. Only those inspections that a driver receives while driving under a carrier’s authority can be applied to a carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) record.
  • CSA does not give FMCSA the authority to remove drivers from their jobs and cannot be used to rate drivers or to revoke a commercial driver’s license (CDL).

These are just a few of several facts explained in the CSA Just the Facts flyer. Just the Facts sets the records straight on the most common myths about the CSA program.
 
Know the Facts…Be Prepared

August 31, 2011
Highlights
FMCSA Releases Independent Evaluation of the CSA Op-Model Test

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today released the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) independent evaluation of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program’s Operational Model Test (Op-Model Test). UMTRI’s findings confirm that CSA substantially improves FMCSA’s enforcement and compliance model. The results confirm that the CSA model enables FMCSA and its State Partners to contact more commercial motor carriers earlier to correct safety problems and ensure compliance with safety regulations in order to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to commercial motor vehicles.

Launched in 2008, the CSA Op-Model Test divided motor carriers from four test states (Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey) between test and control groups. UMTRI evaluated the effectiveness of the new Safety Measurement System (SMS) and CSA interventions, and compared the cost and efficiency of the CSA compliance and enforcement model to the previous model. They found effectiveness and efficiency gains that fully support the ongoing national implementation of CSA, as outlined below. FMCSA added additional states, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, and Montana, to the test to demonstrate full implementation challenges and to provide a validation dataset for evaluation purposes.

CSA’s SMS better identifies motor carriers for safety interventions than the previous SafeStat system.

  • “The results showed that the SMS is a significant improvement over the SafeStat system in identifying unsafe carriers. (p. xiv)”
  • Crash rates were higher for motor carriers identified with safety problems in the SMS’s seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) than for motor carriers that were not identified with safety problems in the seven BASICs.
  • The crash rate for motor carriers that were identified with safety problems by the SMS in the Unsafe Driving BASIC was more than three times greater than the crash rate for motor carriers not identified with any safety problems by SMS.

CSA interventions are effective in improving motor carriers' safety behavior.

  • “The effect of the warning letter intervention is likely one of the most significant findings in this evaluation. (p. xviii)” Twelve months after receiving a warning letter, SMS results showed that 83% of test carriers had resolved identified safety problems and only 17% continued to have safety problems.
  • The new CSA Onsite Focused Investigations proved to be effective. Almost 20% fewer motor carriers continued to show safety problems 12 months after an on-site focused investigation, as compared with those receiving traditional Compliance Reviews (CRs).

CSA interventions use enforcement resources efficiently.

  • More intensive interventions were used on carriers that exhibited higher crash risk confirming that the rules guiding intervention selection are operating to ensure effective and efficient safety interventions.
  • Warning letters, which were found to be very effective in improving safety behavior, had only a nominal cost.
  • CSA Onsite Focused Investigations cost approximately 53 percent less than CRs and were effective in producing compliance.
  • The average cost of CSA interventions was $754 per motor carrier, as compared to $1438 for motor carriers receiving CRs.

CSA reaches more carriers to improve safety compliance.

  • CSA interventions contact approximately three times the number of motor carriers contacted using the previous model which relied primarily on CRs.
  • Among the CSA test group, the annual percentage of motor carriers contacted was 9.9 percent, compared with the 3.2 percent of motor carriers that received full CRs in 2009.

The evaluator identified some areas that require improvement and FMCSA is firmly committed to a continuous improvement process for this very important program.

SMS’s BASICs are significantly related to underlying motor carrier safety, although the Cargo-Related and Driver Fitness BASICs show a weaker relationship to crash risk.

  • The evaluator’s findings are in line with FMCSA’s effectiveness findings; as a result, at the end of the Op-Model Test FMCSA adjusted how it identifies motor carriers for intervention to ensure BASICs with the strongest relationship to future crashes receive the most emphasis. However, FMCSA continues to address motor carriers with patterns of noncompliance in the Cargo-Related and Driver Fitness BASICs, which include carrier requirements for being properly licensed, carrying medical cards to allow verification that a driver meets the medical qualification standards, adequately securing cargo, and properly packaging and handling hazardous materials.
  • As part of its ongoing commitment to continually assess and improve the SMS, FMCSA has a study underway that may result in improvements to some BASICs, with particular effect on the Cargo-Related BASIC.

There was lag time in measureable safety performance improvement after CSA investigations, and for carriers with the most serious safety problems, improvement rates were similar to those of the control group.

  • FMCSA expects the upcoming Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking to accelerate return to compliance or removal from service for motor carriers with the worst safety problems.
  • Based on lessons learned in the Op-Model Test, FMCSA improved the CSA investigative process and training in the Safety Management Cycle for its Federal and State Partner investigators. The enhanced investigative process allows investigators to systematically identify motor carriers’ safety problems and to recommend remedies to help carriers to quickly become safer.

View the full UMTRI Report.

August 22, 2011
Highlights
FMCSA Improves CSA Safety Measurement System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently took another step towards improving safety through its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. In the August 3, 2011 Safety Measurement System (SMS) release, FMCSA refined the criteria that determines which motor carriers are subject to the more stringent Hazardous Materials (HM) intervention threshold. This improvement, which was made after several months of careful monitoring and listening to industry and enforcement safety professionals, allows FMCSA to more accurately identify those motor carriers that transport placardable quantities of HM and thereby ensures that enforcement resources are deployed as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Background

CSA’s SMS assesses 24 months of motor carriers’ safety performance information (inspections and investigations) by seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The seven BASICs are Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service), Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo-Related, and Crash Indicator. Every month FMCSA updates motor carriers’ percentiles in each BASIC and motor carriers with BASIC percentiles above the FMCSA threshold are prioritized for an FMCSA intervention. Motor carriers that transport placardable quantities of HM are subject to more stringent BASIC thresholds because of the higher safety risk placardable HM pose to the public in the event of a crash or a spill.

What Changed?

Previously, the HM intervention threshold was applied to motor carriers based solely on their registration information indicating they transported any quantity of HM. This resulted in some motor carriers being subjected to the lower HM threshold that in fact were not carrying placardable quantities of HM, and conversely, resulted in some carriers not being subjected to the lower HM threshold that should have been. The HM intervention threshold now applies to motor carriers that transport placardable quantities of HM based on operational evidence. These are motor carriers that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Inspection in the last 24 months where the motor carrier was identified as carrying placardable quantity of HM
  • Review or safety audit in the last 24 months where the motor carrier was identified as carrying placardable quantity of HM
  • Motor carrier has a HM permit

For more detailed information on the HM regulations and how to comply with them, motor carriers should visit FMCSA’s Website at the following link: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/hazmat/complyhmregs.htm#hm

How Can a Motor Carrier Learn about Its Status Regarding this Change?

Motor carriers should:

  1. Go to the SMS Website at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.
  2. Enter their U.S. DOT or MC number on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Scroll down to the registration information at the bottom of the page.
  4. View the item entitled “Subject to Placardable Hazardous Material Threshold” where they will see either a “Yes” or a “No.”
  5. If the answer is “Yes,” motor carriers can click on the link where a table will outline why the motor carrier is assessed using the placardable HM threshold.

Questions and Feedback

Motor carriers can contact their local FMCSA Division Offices or the CSA technical support staff using the contact information on the CSA Outreach Website. To learn more about CSA and to stay up-to-date, subscribe to the CSA RSS feed or email list at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.

August 9, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the July 22, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

July 22, 2011
Highlights
You Talked, We Listened … Visit the Improved CSA Website and See What’s Changed!

Since the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Website launched in August of 2008, we have directly responded to more than 6,500 questions from motor carriers, drivers, and others in the commercial vehicle safety industry.  In response to our visitors’ feedback, we improved several areas on the CSA Website in order to support stakeholders’ efforts to increase safety on the nation’s roads .

  • The “Your Role” pages have been enhanced and a new section specifically for drivers has been added.   Each role page now contains a stakeholder-specific toolkit of CSA materials, links to important FMCSA websites, and a comprehensive list of questions and answers specific to each major stakeholder group.
  • A new Resources page, where stakeholders can download a toolkit customized to their role, has replaced the previous news and media page. A new search feature allows visitors to customize their searches using keywords or simple checkboxes. The search results provide the most relevant documents as well as a list of the top five relevant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  • Functionality on the FAQs page has been improved. In addition to being able to search by keyword, website viewers can now also filter their searches by stakeholder and topic.

Please check out the improved CSA Website and continue to give us your feedback.  Together we can improve safety.

July 12, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the June 24, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

May 20, 2011
Highlights
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and Drivers - Separating Fact from Fiction

With the launch of the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) in December 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to receive questions from drivers. Below is a slightly updated reprint of an earlier What’s New entry separating fact from fiction regarding CSA and drivers.

FMCSA is committed to providing all stakeholders with factual and timely information on CSA. As part of this commitment, it is important that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are aware of how CSA affects them.   

Drivers, we have heard and appreciate your questions on issues ranging from the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS) to the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). Here are the FACTS:

What is the DSMS?

  • The SMS assesses a carrier’s safety performance based on its roadside violations and crashes. The DSMS is a tool within the SMS used by enforcement staff only. Its primary purpose is to help enforcement staff assess driver safety as part of motor carrier investigations. The DSMS does this by identifying which of a motor carrier’s drivers to examine during that carrier’s compliance review.  This enforcement tool uses a subset of violations to evaluate an individual driver’s safety performance across employers. Appendix A in the SMS Methodology Report shows the violations used in the DSMS.

Who can see the DSMS?

  • Only enforcement staff have access to the DSMS for use during motor carrier safety investigations. Neither drivers nor employing motor carriers have access to the DSMS. While some third party vendors are developing and marketing CSA driver scorecards, these companies do not have access to full driver violation histories in FMCSA databases. FMCSA has not and will not validate any vendors’ scorecards or data

What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) and how does it impact CSA?

    PSP is a new, voluntary FMCSA program mandated by Congress that is designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual drivers’ safety performance as part of the hiring process. PSP is a completely separate program from CSA. Additionally, PSP contains 3 years of inspection reports and 5 years of crash reports; however,  it does not provide a rating, score, or formal assessment of any kind. Drivers are encouraged to obtain and review their PSP report before applying for new jobs and request a review of any potentially inaccurate data through FMCSA’s DataQs program. While the PSP is not part of CSA, the safety data accessible through PSP is the same data that the DSMS and enforcement staff use during motor carrier investigations. For more information about PSP, visit FMCSA’s PSP Website at http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov. For more information about DataQs, visit http://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov

Will FMCSA use CSA to remove CMV drivers from their jobs?

  • NO CSA does not give FMCSA new authority to remove drivers from their jobs and DSMS information is not publicly shared in the way that motor carrier safety data is today. Other important facts related to driver employment are outlined below.
    • Carriers will not inherit any of a newly hired driver’s past violations. Only those inspections and crashes that a driver is involved in while operating under a carrier’s authority can be applied to a carrier’s SMS data.
    • Similar to the previous system, SafeStat, tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating their personal vehicles do not count in the new SMS.
    • Neither FMCSA nor CSA restricts drivers based on BMI, weight, or neck size.
    • Drivers should review current and potential motor carrier employers’ SMS data which is located at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms. Drivers and carriers with strong safety histories stand to benefit from the new compliance and enforcement program. 

Can FMCSA use CSA to revoke a driver’s commercial driver’s license (CDL)?

  • NOCSA does not give FMCSA the authority to revoke a CDL. Only state agencies responsible for issuing CDLs have the authority to suspend or revoke them.
    • The CDL Program is completely separate from CSA. FMCSA has developed and issued standards for the testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require states to issue CDLs only after the driver has passed knowledge and skills tests related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.
    • The data kept by a state (i.e. tickets, citations, written warnings, convictions) and the data that are kept by the Federal government and used in the DSMS (i.e. violations from roadside inspections and crash reports) are separate.  Drivers can review their state data by requesting their Motor Vehicle Record (MVR). Drivers may review the data kept by the Federal government through the PSP program referenced above and may request a review of the Federal data through FMCSA’s DataQs system (https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/login.asp).

How does CSA affect a motor carriers’ employment of CMV drivers?

  • Under CSA, FMCSA continues to hold motor carriers responsible for the safety performance of the drivers they employ. This is a longstanding FMCSA position and is not unique to CSA. All inspections and crashes that a driver receives while under the authority of a carrier will remain part of the carrier’s SMS data for two years unless overturned through the DataQs system, even if the carrier terminates the driver.

FMCSA’s CSA website is the official resource for information about this new safety program. We encourage drivers and all stakeholders to visit the CSA Website http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov and sign up to receive regular updates by email at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.

Know the facts, be prepared.

May 11, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the April 22, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

April 14, 2011
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FMCSA Spotlight on Passenger Carrier Safety

On April 12, 2011, Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced the results of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) recent motor coach strike force inspections, which resulted in 289 unsafe buses or drivers being removed from our roadways.  http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/news/news-releases/2011/Strike-Force-Inspections.aspx.
 
His announcement encouraged travelers considering passenger bus transportation to visit FMCSA’s website and review the company safety records at http://www.ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/Passenger/home.asp, which among other things displays FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) results.
 
SMS, the foundation of FMCSA’s new Compliance Safety and Accountability (CSA) Program, is used to evaluate safety performance, and holds commercial motor vehicle companies, including motorcoach companies, accountable to the highest safety standards.  Detailed safety information for all carriers can be found at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.  
 
To learn more about FMCSA’s CSA Program go to http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

April 5, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the March 25, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.


NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

March 9, 2011
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FMCSA Reaches Settlement Agreement

FMCSA 03-11
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Contact: Candice Tolliver
Tel: (202) 366-9999 or (202) 306-4580

FMCSA Reaches Settlement Agreement in National Association of Small Trucking Companies Litigation on the Compliance Safety Accountability Program

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it has reached a settlement agreement with three trucking associations that will end litigation over information published on the website of FMCSA’s motor carrier enforcement program, Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA).

"CSA is a safety-critical program that helps to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related crashes and save lives,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Through this settlement agreement, we addressed the concerns raised by petitioners without compromising the CSA program and its safety benefits.”

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies, Inc. (NASTC), the Expedite Alliance of North America (TEANA) and the Air & Expedited Motor Carriers Association (AEMCA) filed suit on Nov. 29, 2010 challenging FMCSA’s CSA program. Under the agreement, FMCSA will make changes to CSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) public website to address concerns regarding the display of information on a commercial motor carriers’ safety performance.

The key changes that FMCSA will make to the SMS public website by March 25, 2011 are as follows:

  • Replace any ALERT symbol currently displayed in orange on the SMS website with the following symbol of the exclamation mark inside a gold triangle Triangle! Graphic
  • Revise the disclaimer language on the SMS website to read:
    “The data in the Safety Measurement System (SMS) is performance data used by the Agency and enforcement community. A Triangle! Graphic symbol, based on that data, indicates that FMCSA may prioritize a motor carrier for further monitoring. The Triangle! Graphic symbol is not intended to imply any federal safety rating of the carrier pursuant to 49 USC 31144. Readers should not draw conclusions about a carrier’s overall safety condition simply based on the data displayed in this system. Unless a motor carrier in the SMS has received an UNSATISFACTORY safety rating pursuant to 49 CFR Part 385, or has otherwise been ordered to discontinue operations by the FMCSA, it is authorized to operate on the nation’s roadways. Motor carrier safety ratings are available at http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov and motor carrier licensing and insurance status are available at http://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov.”

On Dec. 13, 2010, FMCSA launched its CSA enforcement program that is used to analyze all safety-based violations from roadside inspections and crashes to measure a commercial motor carrier's on-road safety performance. CSA allows FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier's specific safety problems before crashes can occur.

To learn more about the CSA settlement agreement, visit the CSA website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/.

March 8, 2011
Highlights
CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 25, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

March 7, 2011
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CSA’s Safety Measurement System Generates Industry Interest

On December 12, 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched its new Safety Measurement System (SMS) and industry interest has been strong.  FMCSA solicited safety stakeholders’ input during CSA’s design, development, test, and implementation phases, and it paid off with an unprecedented number of visits to the SMS Website following its launch.  In the first six weeks after SMS replaced SafeStat:

  • The A&I Online Website, which is the system that houses SMS, experienced more than 5 million “hits.”
  • Nearly 11,000 unique carriers logged in (four times the volume from the previous six weeks) on almost 40,000 occasions (six times the number from the prior six-week period) to view their safety data.
  • The CSA “Question and Answer” function, where anyone can directly ask questions by phone or through an online form, experienced a sustained, significant increase in the volume of questions and FMCSA Division Offices across the country reported a similar increase.

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions over the past few months are provided below.

Q. Why is SMS updated monthly?

A. The monthly SMS update timeframe allows FMCSA to prioritize motor carriers for safety interventions and to schedule FMCSA resources to conduct those interventions.  FMCSA uses this timeframe to carefully validate information and review SMS results before using them and posting them to the A&I Online Website.

Q. Are there plans to update SMS more frequently?

A. At this time, FMCSA does not plan to update the SMS results more often than monthly.

Q. Some third-party vendors provide more frequent “CSA scores.”  Does FMCSA use or validate any analyses provided by third-party vendors?

A. FMCSA does not use, validate, or vouch for any third-party vendor’s information related to SMS results. The monthly results displayed on A&I Online are the only SMS results that FMCSA uses.

To learn more about SMS or to get answers to other FAQs, visit the CSA outreach website at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov.

February 28, 2011
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New CSA Warning Letter Tipsheet Posted on the Website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new tipsheet helps motor carriers understand what a warning letter is and recommends actions they can take to improve safety compliance.  Warning letters are an important part of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) interventions process.  FMCSA sends warning letters to motor carriers who have identifiable, but not yet severe, safety problems. 
 
The new tipsheet, which will be useful for motor carriers who receive a warning letter, can be found at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/WarningLetterTipsheet.pdf.

 
In addition, a more general factsheet about the warning letter intervention can be found at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSA2010_WarningLetterFactsheet.pdf.  This factsheet provides a sample warning letter and some frequently asked questions. 
 
Stay connected to CSA by signing up for the email subscription service at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/subscription.aspx.

February 22, 2011
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the February 10, 2011 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

 
NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

January 19, 2011
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CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website updated

 The CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website has been updated with the December 17, 2010 snapshot.  Check your safety assessment now at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.

NOTE TO CARRIERS: To login into the SMS website and see all of your safety data, you will need an FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN). If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

January 12, 2011
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FMCSA discusses CSA on Satellite Radio – January 13th!

Tune in to the Dave Nemo radio show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171, on Thursday, January 13th at 8:05 a.m. EST, to hear from FMCSA about the CSA program.

January 10, 2011
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CSA materials now available at truck stops

Beginning today, January 12, 2011, CSA brochures and pocket cards for Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers will be available at hundreds of travel centers across the country.  These materials provide important information to CMV drivers about the new CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS).  They will be available in “Info to Go” racks at large travel center chains, and in countertop containers at independent truck stops.
 
The pocket cards and brochures are also posted electronically on the CSA outreach website on the Outreach and Media page:  http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/outreach.aspx#factsheets  with instructions for printing.  

December 13, 2010
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New CSA Program Launched

FMCSA Launches New Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program for Commercial Trucks and Buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today took a major step toward improving commercial truck and bus safety with the launch of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program.

The centerpiece of CSA is the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier’s on-road performance. The new safety program will allow FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier’s specific safety problems.

 
“The CSA program will help us more easily identify unsafe commercial truck and bus companies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Better data and targeted enforcement will raise the safety bar for commercial carriers and empower them to take action before safety problems occur.” 

 
The program also advances the Obama Administration’s open government initiative by providing the public with safety data in a more user-friendly format.  This will give consumers a better picture of those carriers that pose a safety risk.  CSA was also tested in nine pilot states before the program was launched.

“We worked closely with our partners in the motor vehicle community to develop this powerful new program,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “CSA is an important new tool that will help reduce commercial vehicle-related crashes and save lives.”  

The SMS uses seven safety improvement categories called BASICs to examine a carrier’s on-road performance and potential crash risk. The BASICs are Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service), Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo-Related and Crash Indicator. Under FMCSA’s old measurement system, carrier performance was assessed in only four broad categories.

 
By looking at a carrier’s safety violations in each SMS category, FMCSA and state law enforcement will be better equipped to identify carriers with patterns of high-risk behaviors and apply interventions that provide carriers the information necessary to change unsafe practices early on.

Safety interventions include early warning letters, targeted roadside inspections and focused compliance reviews that concentrate enforcement resources on specific issues identified by the SMS.

 
FMCSA will continue to conduct onsite comprehensive compliance reviews for carriers with safety issues across multiple BASICs. And, where a carrier has not taken the appropriate corrective action, FMCSA will invoke strong civil penalties.

 
To learn more about the new CSA program, visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/. To see the new SMS, visit http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms.   PLEASE NOTE: For parties interested in downloading data for more than one carrier, please visit the SMS Download page at: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/Data/Downloads.aspx

 

November 30, 2010
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Update on CSA program rollout

The Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) program’s national rollout will occur no earlier than December 12, 2010, despite reports to the contrary. We appreciate the continued support as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) moves forward towards implementing this important new safety enforcement and compliance program.

November 18, 2010
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FMCSA Announces CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) Improvements

On August 16, 2010, FMCSA began providing carriers with information about where they stand in each of the new CSA SMS’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) based on roadside inspection data and investigation findings.  Based on feedback and analysis from the Data Preview period, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will roll out the new SMS to the nation in December with the following revisions: 

  1. Modify the presentation of SMS BASIC results
    • Change the term “Deficient” to “Alert” when a motor carrier’s score in one or more BASICs is above the FMCSA threshold for intervention. 
    • Change the highlight color from red to orange.
    • Improve the language to clarify that BASIC results signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention.

Explanation:  Feedback during the Data Preview indicate that the display of SMS results needs to clarify that BASIC percentiles above the FMCSA threshold signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention and do not signify or otherwise imply a “safety rating” or safety fitness determination. 

  1. Modify Cargo-Related BASIC
    • Recalibrate the Cargo-Related BASIC by adjusting the cargo securement violation severity weightings based on input from subject matter experts (SMEs).
    • Modify the public display to show the SMS Cargo-Related BASIC violations only.  The percentiles and intervention status will not be on public display.

Explanation:  Feedback during the Data Preview period identified a concern that the BASIC was over-representing certain industry segments and potentially creating a misleading safety alert warning.  The Agency conducted additional analysis and concluded that the Cargo-Related BASIC be recalibrated with SMEs providing input on the cargo securement severity weights.  The agency received SME input and will now adjust the severity weights and run the algorithm accordingly. 

Also, the agency is conducting additional analysis to further understand the impact on the different industry segments of a carrier’s exposure in this BASIC.  During this analysis period, the BASIC results will continue to be an effective intervention prioritization tool for enforcement personnel based on sound safety principles.  Accordingly, the percentiles and intervention status will be accessible to the FMCSA enforcement community and motor carriers only.   

To learn more about CSA and to stay updated during the coming months, subscribe to the CSA RSS feed or email list at http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.

November 16, 2010
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FMCSA discusses CSA 2010 on Satellite Radio - November 18th!

Tune in to the Dave Nemo radio show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171, on Thursday, November 18th at 8:05 a.m. EST, to hear from FMCSA about the upcoming CSA 2010 rollout and what carriers can expect.

November 4, 2010
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CSA 2010 and Drivers – Separating Fact from Fiction

Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) and Drivers – Separating Fact from Fiction

 FMCSA is committed to providing all stakeholders with factual and timely information on CSA 2010. As part of this commitment, it is important that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are aware of how CSA 2010 will affect them.   

 Drivers, we have heard and appreciate your questions on issues ranging from the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS) to the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP). Here are the FACTS: 

 What is the DSMS?

ü  The Safety Measurement System (SMS) assesses a carrier’s safety performance based on its roadside violations and crashes. The DSMS is a tool within the SMS used by enforcement staff only. Its primary purpose is to help enforcement staff assess driver safety as part of motor carrier investigations.  The DSMS does this by identifying which of a motor carrier’s drivers to examine during that carrier’s compliance review.  This enforcement tool uses a subset of violations to evaluate an individual driver’s safety performance across employers. Appendix A in the SMS Methodology Report shows the violations used in the DSMS.

 Who Can See the DSMS?

ü  Only enforcement staff will have access to the DSMS for use during motor carrier safety investigations. Neither drivers nor employing motor carriers will have access to the DSMS. While some third party vendors are developing and marketing CSA 2010 driver scorecards, these companies do not have access to full driver violation histories in FMCSA databases. FMCSA has not and will not validate any vendors’ scorecards or data.

 What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) and how does it impact CSA 2010?

ü  PSP is a new, voluntary FMCSA program mandated by Congress that is designed to assist the motor carrier industry in assessing individual drivers’ safety performance as part of the hiring process. PSP is a completely separate program from CSA 2010. Additionally, PSP does not provide a rating, score or formal assessment of any kind. Drivers are encouraged to obtain and review their PSP report before applying for new jobs, and request a review of any potentially inaccurate data through FMCSA’s DataQs program. While the PSP is not part of CSA 2010, the safety data accessible through PSP is the same data that the DSMS and enforcement staff use during motor carrier investigations. For more information about PSP, visit FMCSA’s PSP Website at http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov. For more information about DataQs, visit http://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov

 Will FMCSA use CSA 2010 to remove CMV drivers from their jobs?

ü  NO. CSA 2010 does not give FMCSA new authority to remove drivers from their jobs and cannot be used to publicly rate or assess drivers’ safety performance in the way carriers are rated or assessed today. Other important facts related to driver employment are outlined below.

·         Carriers will not inherit any of a newly hired driver’s past violations. Only those inspections and crashes that a driver is involved in while operating under a carrier’s authority can be applied to a carrier’s SMS.

·         Similar to today’s SafeStat, tickets or warnings that drivers receive while operating their personal vehicles do not count in the new SMS.

·         Neither FMCSA nor CSA 2010 restricts drivers based on body mass BMI, weight or neck size.

·         Drivers should ask current and potential motor carrier employers about their safety performance as measured under CSA 2010. Drivers and carriers with strong safety performance histories stand to benefit from the new compliance and enforcement program.

 Can FMCSA use CSA 2010 to revoke a driver’s CDL?

ü  NO. CSA 2010 does not give FMCSA the authority to revoke a CDL. Only state agencies responsible for issuing CDLs, have the authority to suspend or revoke them.

·         The CDL Program is completely separate from CSA 2010. FMCSA has developed and issued standards for the testing and licensing of CDL holders. These standards require states to issue CDLs only after the driver has passed knowledge and skills tests related to the type of vehicle the driver expects to operate.

·         The data kept by a state (i.e. tickets, citations, written warnings, convictions) and the data that are kept by the Federal government and used in the DSMS (i.e. violations from roadside inspections and crash reports) are separate.  Drivers may review the data kept by the Federal Government through the PSP program referenced above and may request a review of the Federal data through FMCSA’s DataQs system (https://dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/login.asp).

 How does CSA 2010 affect a motor carriers’ employment of CMV drivers?

ü  Under CSA 2010, FMCSA continues to hold motor carriers responsible for the safety performance of the drivers they employ. This is a longstanding FMCSA position and is not unique to CSA 2010. All inspections and crashes that a driver receives while under the authority of a carrier will remain part of the carrier’s SMS data for two years unless overturned through the DataQs system,even if the carrier terminates the driver.

FMCSA’s CSA 2010 website is the official resource for information about this new safety program. We encourage drivers and all stakeholders to visit the CSA 2010 website at http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov  and sign up to receive regular updates by email at http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/stay_connected.aspx.

Know the facts, be prepared.

October 18, 2010
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FMCSA and CSA 2010 on the Radio October 19!

On Tuesday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, tune in to the Land Line Now radio show to hear from FMCSA about the CSA 2010 Data Preview and red-flag violations on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171. Please note that this show was previously taped and is not live.

October 8, 2010
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CSA 2010 Data Preview website updated

 
The CSA 2010 Data Preview website has been updated with the September 24, 2010 snapshot.  Login to the Data Preview website now to check your safety assessment.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need a FMCSA-issued U.S. DOT Number Personal Identification Number (PIN) (NOT a Docket Number PIN) to access the CSA 2010 Data Preview website. If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, you can request one via http://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/ and select 'Click here to request your Docket Number PIN and/or USDOT Number PIN.' Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN.

September 24, 2010
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FMCSA and CSA 2010 on the Radio September 27th!

Listen to FMCSA dispel myths about the CSA 2010 program Monday, September 27th on The Lockridge Report at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171.

Did You Know…While some third party vendors are developing and marketing Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) driver scorecards, consumers should know that these companies do not have access to the driver violation histories in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) databases despite some claims that they do. FMCSA has not and will not validate any vendors’ scorecards or data.

Check out Just the Facts that addresses other myths about CSA 2010.

September 7, 2010
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Just the Facts dispels CSA 2010 Myth

Did You Know... While research data indicate that a driver's body mass index (BMI) is a risk factor for identifying drivers that may have sleep apnea, neither the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) nor the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) program currently has any rules that restrict who can be a commercial motor vehicle driver based on BMI or weight or neck size.

Check out Just the Facts that addresses other myths about CSA 2010.

August 16, 2010
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FMCSA Releases Safety Measurement System to Motor Carriers

August 16, 2010 - The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce the next step in the rollout of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010).

CSA 2010 Data Preview
Commercial motor vehicle carriers may now view their individual safety assessments on the Data Preview Website. This updated Website provides motor carriers with information on where they stand in each Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) based on roadside data and investigation findings. Each motor carrier’s BASIC assessments are visible only to them (and to enforcement staff) until December of 2010. In December, assessments will be made available to the public. Also, enforcement agencies will use these assessments to prioritize the Agency’s enforcement and compliance assistance workload. By providing carriers with this information now, FMCSA’s approach gives carriers the earliest possible opportunity to improve compliance.

FMCSA is providing motor carriers with this early look at the new Safety Measurement System (SMS) so they can see their performance data, can address safety compliance issues right away and can update and verify their data online. Release of this safety performance information underscores FMCSA’s commitment to data integrity and the motor carrier industry’s responsibility for ensuring commercial vehicle safety. This important step is designed to allow motor carriers to identify and address unsafe behaviors that can lead to crashes. What can motor carriers do now to prepare for the new system? Motor carriers should look at their assessment on the Data Preview Website, identify any data mistakes, verify and update their motor carrier census data, in particular power units (PU) and vehicle miles travelled (VMT) on the MCS-150 form, and take the necessary steps to correct unsafe driver and/or company safety practices.

More Information
Complete details on the Data Preview are available through Data Preview Guidance (FAQs), the new SMS Methodology Version 2.0 and SMS Changes Explanation. FMCSA has responded to field test results and stakeholder feedback to improve SMS. To learn more about CSA 2010, and to stay updated during the coming months, subscribe to the CSA 2010 RSS feed or email list at: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/Stay_Connected.aspx.

August 4, 2010
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Motor Carriers to View CSA 2010 Safety Assessments: Will Include SMS Improvements

FMCSA Provides Motor Carriers with an Early Look at CSA 2010 Safety Standings; Announces Improvements to the Safety Measurement System; Addresses Recently Raised Concerns

The U. S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is pleased to announce the next step in the phased rollout of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010).

Motor Carrier Data Preview: In April 2010, FMCSA launched the CSA 2010 Data Preview Website which allowed commercial motor vehicle carriers to view an inventory of their safety performance data by the new Safety Measurement System’s (SMS) Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). On August 16, 2010, FMCSA will update the Data Preview Website by providing carriers with an assessment of where they stand in each BASIC based on roadside data and investigation findings. The SMS’s seven BASICs are Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service), Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo-Related and Crash Indicator. The BASICs will replace SafeStat’s Safety Evaluation Areas (SEAs) in December 2010, and this early look gives motor carriers an opportunity to understand and address their safety compliance issues right away.

Recent Updates to SMS: The Data Preview assessments will be based on an improved SMS methodology. As a result of input from enforcement personnel, industry representatives, and safety experts, as well as findings from an extensive, 30-month field test, FMCSA is implementing several updates to the SMS that will make it more effective in identifying high risk and other carriers with safety compliance problems. Specifically:

  • The measure of exposure will be changed from Power Units (PUs) only to a combination of PUs and Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) in the Unsafe Driving BASIC and Crash Indicator. In addition, these two BASICs will change from using PUs as a safety event grouping (formerly referred to as peer grouping) to using the number of crashes for the Crash Indicator and the number of inspections with a violation for the Unsafe Driving BASIC.
  • The measure of exposure will change from PUs to the number of relevant inspections in the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC;
  • Severity weights for some roadside inspection violations will be updated; and
  • The Agency will employ a more strategic approach to addressing motor carriers with a history of size and weight violations rather than counting these violations in the Cargo-Related BASIC; the new approach will include alerts to roadside inspectors when carriers have a history of size and weight violations.

These enhancements will allow the Agency to more effectively identify motor carriers with safety performance and compliance problems thereby raising the bar for safety on the Nation’s roads. For additional details about the Data Preview and the improvements to the SMS, visit: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/SMSImprovementsFAQs.pdf

Preliminary University of Michigan Transportation Institute (UMTRI) Findings: FMCSA’s 30-month field test of CSA 2010 has drawn keen interest from the trucking industry, including trade publications. Recently one of these publications reported preliminary findings provided by FMCSA’s independent evaluator, UMTRI, that indicate that while the majority of the BASICs have a strong relationship to future crashes, two of the seven – Driver Fitness and Cargo-Related - do not. The question was raised whether these findings would delay implementation.

In the interest of safety, and based on promising field test results, FMCSA’s implementation of CSA 2010 will continue according to its published schedule available at: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/csa_when.aspx. The SMS was designed to: (1) Identify high-risk motor carriers for priority intervention; those that have a greater propensity to be involved in future crashes, and (2) Identify motor carriers with patterns of on-road performance and compliance issues for intervention. SMS does both very well.

With respect to identifying high risk carriers, FMCSA effectiveness testing results demonstrate that those carriers that SMS identifies as “high-risk” have much higher future crash rates than those carriers not designated as high risk. Additionally, the effectiveness testing shows SMS identifies a group of carriers with higher crash risk than the system currently in use known as SafeStat.

SMS clearly identifies motor carriers with compliance issues as well, regardless of whether those compliance issues are linked to future crash risk through effectiveness testing. Congress has been clear that the FMCSA is a compliance and enforcement agency. While the effectiveness testing may not establish a relationship with future crashes in the Driver Fitness and Cargo-Related BASICs, FMCSA, as well as industry, has an obligation to ensure compliance with the regulations that contribute to these two BASICs. These two BASICs include being properly licensed, carrying medical cards to allow verification that a driver meets the medical qualification standards, adequately securing cargo, and properly packaging and handling hazardous materials.

UMTRI’s preliminary findings are in line with FMCSA’s effectiveness findings in terms of future crash risk. In response, FMCSA has adjusted how it identifies carriers for investigation so that the BASICs that have the strongest relationship to future crashes receive the most emphasis. In this way, FMCSA will address those carriers with the highest propensity for future crashes as well as those with the strongest patterns of noncompliance.

To learn more about CSA 2010, and to stay updated during the coming months, subscribe to the CSA 2010 RSS feed or email list at http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.

June 28, 2010
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CSA 2010: Before Congress and On the Radio!

FMCSA Administrator Ferro Testifies Before Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro spoke before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, on CSA 2010: Understanding FMCSA’s New System of Motor Carrier Oversight. The Subcommittee received testimony from the Administrator, as well as representatives from the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Read her written statement, or view a taping of the hearing  in its entirety.  
 
On the Radio this Tuesday: CSA 2010 Myths Dispelled!


Listen to FMCSA dispel myths about the CSA 2010 program Tuesday, June 29th on The Lockridge Report at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171.

June 15, 2010
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11,000+ Motor Carriers View CSA 2010 Safety Performance Data

 Motor Carriers, using their U.S. DOT number and PIN, have been able to review their safety performance data by the new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) for just over two months now.  An average of 723 new Motor Carriers are logging in each week.  To date,  11,259 unique Motor Carriers have viewed their safety data by BASIC since the site launched on April 12th.  The Data Review area provides instructions on how to request FMCSA review of potentially erroneous data and, most important, guidance on how to improve compliance with safety regulations in order to increase safety on our Nation’s roads.  Please join us in spreading the word and encouraging all Motor Carriers to visit the CSA 2010 Web site to check their safety performance data today!

June 8, 2010
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On the Radio this Thursday: CSA 2010 Myths Dispelled!

Listen to FMCSA dispel myths about the CSA 2010 program this Thursday, June 10th on Land Line Now at 8 and 11 p.m. Eastern on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Road Dog Trucking channel, SIRIUS 147 and XM 171.

May 28, 2010
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New CSA 2010 Materials Now Available!

Did You Know?  Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) does not give FMCSA the authority to remove 175,000 drivers from their jobs and cannot be used to rate drivers or to revoke a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). FMCSA does not have the authority to take those actions. Only State agencies responsible for issuing licenses, CDL or otherwise, have the authority to suspend them. CSA 2010 does introduce a driver safety assessment tool to help enforcement staff evaluate drivers’ safety as part of motor carrier investigations.
 
This is just one of several facts explained in the new Just the Facts flyer. Just the Facts sets the records straight on the most common myths about the program.  More “Just the Facts” facts will be added in the coming weeks.
 
Several other new pieces of collateral material have also been added to the website. (Please note that the Data Review Supplemental Slides include animation.)

May 27, 2010
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CSA 2010 Rollout: What is Happening When?

After listening carefully to all stakeholders including Operational Model test participants, enforcement staff, and industry safety experts, FMCSA developed a revised schedule for the roll out of CSA 2010 in line with its commitment to launch this program in the most effective way possible. The rollout schedule is designed to methodically step federal and state enforcement staff, as well as the motor carrier industry, into the program one stride at a time – increasing the safety benefits through better understanding and increased accountability for good safety performance.  The rollout timeline is outlined below:

  • April 12 – November 30, 2010 – Motor carriers can preview their own data by seeing their roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).
  • Summer 2010
    • June 30th – The Operational Model (Op-Model) Test will end.
    • July – The four “50/50” Op-Model Test states, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, will join the five 100% Op-Model Test states in implementing the program.  
    • August –  Motor carriers will be able to see an assessment of their violations based on the new Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) which will replace SafeStat later in 2010.
  • Fall/Winter 2010
    • SafeStat will be replaced by the CSMS. CSMS will be available to the public, including shippers and insurance companies.
    • FMCSA/States will prioritize enforcement using the CSMS.
    • FMCSA will begin to issue Warning Letters to carriers with deficient BASICs.
    • Roadside inspectors will use the CSMS results to identify carriers for inspection.
  • Winter 2010 - Safety Fitness Determination Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled to be released.
  • 2011 – Enforcement staff will be trained, and new interventions will be implemented State-by-State

April 27, 2010
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FMCSA Administrator responds to ATA top concerns regarding CSA 2010!

FMCSA Administrator, Anne S. Ferro, responded to the most prominent concerns of the American Trucking Assocation, Inc., (ATA) regarding CSA 2010.  View the April 16, 2010 letter to ATA now!

April 19, 2010
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New 'CSA 2010 for CMV Drivers' Presentation posted!

The new presentation, CSA 2010 for Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers, can be used to educate drivers about CSA 2010.  In addition to covering what CSA 2010 means to drivers, the presentation serves to clarify misinformation concerning drivers under CSA 2010. If you are a driver or need to educate drivers check out this presentation.

Motor carriers, if you haven’t already, please take time to review your company through the CSA 2010 Data Preview.  With a DOT number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) provided by FMCSA, you can review your safety performance data by the CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).  (If you do not know or have forgotten your PIN, visit this link and select 'I want to request a copy of a document' (last selection on page) or call 1-800-832-5660 for assistance.)

April 12, 2010
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CSA 2010 Data Preview Now Available for Motor Carriers!

FMCSA is pleased to announce the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 Data Preview, which will allow individual motor carriers to review their safety performance data by the CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The Data Preview begins on April 12, 2010 and ends on November 30, 2010, the national launch date for the CSA 2010 safety enforcement program.  
 
During the data preview period, motor carriers are encouraged to closely examine their performance data and immediately address any safety problems.  This is also an opportunity for motor carriers to update and verify their safety performance data online.
 
This important step is designed to focus motor carriers on identifying and addressing unsafe behaviors that can lead to crash risk. It also underscores FMCSA’s commitment to data integrity and the motor carrier industry’s responsibility for ensuring commercial vehicle safety.  
 
Complete details on the Data Preview and the CSA 2010 implementation schedule are published in the Federal Register. The CSA 2010 implementation schedule supports the critical importance of incorporating the findings from over 30 months of operational model testing in nine CSA 2010 pilot states.

 

March 21, 2010
Highlights
Listening Session Videos now Available!

Videos of CSA 2010’s Listening Sessions are now available for viewing.  However, for the latest information please review the Industry Briefing.  It’s continually updated as we move towards implementation.  Also check out the Frequently Asked Questions gathered through the Listening Sessions. They have been added to the website’s FAQ area.

March 8, 2010
Highlights
New FMCSA Pre-Employment Screening Website Launched!

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the first phase of its Driver Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), which when fully active will allow commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver safety inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process. The first phase provides motor carriers the opportunity to visit the PSP website at www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov and pre-register for the program by submitting their company contact information.  Frequently Asked Questions are also available on the website.  If you have additional questions about PSP, please contact the PSP program directly as it is not part of FMCSA’s CSA 2010 program.

February 23, 2010
Highlights
Sample Warning Letter and FAQs Now Available!

Did You Know?   CSA 2010’s array of interventions starts with the warning letter which is often the earliest contact in the new model. The warning letter is designed to make carriers aware of their safety performance issues so they can address these early, before they become habitual and more difficult to correct. Check out a Sample Warning Letter and related FAQs in the new Warning Letter Factsheet.

January 28, 2010
Highlights
Driver Fact Sheet Now Available!

Did You Know?  A total of 3,067 stakeholders participated in the December 3rd and 10th Listening Sessions, submitting more than 1,150 questions!  The CSA 2010 team has analyzed the questions and is compiling answers to those that were asked most frequently.  The question below represents one of those most frequently asked. Also, check out the new Driver Fact Sheet designed to inform CMV drivers about what CSA 2010 means to them.   Stay tuned for more questions and answers over the coming weeks!
 
Will CSA 2010 assign safety ratings to individual commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers? I heard that CSA 2010 is designed to rate CMV drivers and to put many of them out of work this summer.
 
No. Under CSA 2010, individual CMV drivers will not be assigned safety ratings or safety fitness determinations. Consistent with the current safety rating regulations (49 CFR part 385), individual drivers will continue to be rated, as they are today, following an onsite investigation at their place of business when they operate independently as a "motor carrier" (i.e. have their own USDOT number, operating authority, and insurance). CSA 2010 will provide enhanced tools for Safety Investigators to identify and address drivers with poor safety records as part of motor carrier investigations in order to increase driver accountability for safe driving behavior. CSA 2010 is designed to meet one overriding objective: to increase safety on the Nation's roads. Therefore, it is, by design, a positive program for drivers and carriers with strong safety performance records Also, it will send a strong message that drivers and carriers with poor safety performance histories need to improve.

January 21, 2010
Materials
New CSA 2010 materials now available!

We've recently added several new CSA 2010 outreach documents to the website.  Take a few minutes to check them out!

January 7, 2010
Highlights
Listening Session Presentations Now Available

Did You Know?  FMCSA’s December 3rd and 10th public listening sessions on CSA 2010 each drew an audience of nearly 1,500. Attendees included commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers, CMV carrier company representatives, safety advocates, insurance and shipping industry stakeholders, government officials, and journalists.  More than 95% of respondents to an exit poll said the information they received about CSA 2010 was useful and that the webcast format was effective.  
Participants submitted more than 1,000 questions, and panel members and presenters answered many of these during the webcasts.  The 2009 listening session presentations are now available online.  The recorded webcasts will be posted on the CSA 2010 outreach website by the end of January so stay tuned!

December 9, 2009
Highlights
CSA 2010 Listening Session a big success!

Did You Know?  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) December 3rd public listening session on Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) was a big success, with 1,483 motor carriers, safety advocates, insurance industry and government  staff logged into the webcast – twenty times as many registrants as in previous years!  The second session, being held on December 10th, will address what CSA 2010 means for motor carriers and drivers.  The recorded webcasts will be transcribed to be compliant with FMCSA website requirements, and posted to the CSA 2010 website by the middle of January 2010. 

December 2, 2009
Materials
New CSA 2010 materials now available!

We've recently added new materials to the CSA 2010 website.  They include several Spanish and French-language versions of outreach materials as well as the following documents.  Take a few minutes to check them out! 

December 2, 2009
Highlights
10th CSA 2010 Listening Session tomorrow!

Did You Know? This month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will hold its tenth Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) public listening session. More than 1500 people are registered for the two-part webinar, including motor carriers, safety advocates, and representatives from the insurance industry, government and media.  The sessions will be held December 3rd and 10th and will provide an overview of the CSA 2010 Operational Model and address what CSA 2010 means for motor carriers and drivers. 

November 25, 2009
Highlights
Operational Model Test Update

Earlier this month, Delaware became the ninth state to join the CSA 2010 Operational Model (OM) Test!  The OM Test now includes 92,094 motor carriers, and test results are promising. 

  • Safety Investigators are conducting 20 percent more investigations per investigator
  • Approximately 50 percent of investigations have resulted in a follow-on intervention such as a Cooperative Safety Plan, Notice of Violation or Notice of Claim
  • More than 4,000 warning letters have been sent to motor carriers, and about half of those carriers have followed up to learn more about their safety performance.

November 18, 2009
Highlights
Congress Briefed On CSA 2010

Did you know? So far this fall, FMCSA has briefed the following three groups of legislative staff on the status of the CSA 2010 Operational Model Test and plans for implementation. 

  • U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

The Congressional Briefing is available at: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CongressionalBriefing_10222009.ppt.

November 3, 2009
Highlights
Listening Sessions Registration now open!

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be holding two public listening session webinars in December about the Agency’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) initiative.  Previous listening sessions collected public input regarding ways FMCSA could improve its process of monitoring and assessing the safety performance of the commercial motor carrier industry.

The FMCSA will use the upcoming listening session webinars to inform the public on the latest progress of CSA 2010 and answer questions from stakeholders.  The first webinar will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 and present CSA 2010 Overview and Operational Model Test Results.  The second webinar will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2009 and present CSA 2010 from a Motor Carrier and Driver Perspective.  

Your participation in these listening session webinars is encouraged.  To register and submit questions for the webinars, please visit http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/listeningSessions/ by November 30, 2009.  Also, written comments regarding CSA 2010 can be filed to the Federal Docket Management System at http://www.regulations.gov, Docket ID Number FMCSA-2004-18898. 

October 28, 2009
Highlights
Maryland joins the CSA 2010 Op-Model Test!

This week Maryland officially became the eighth CSA 2010 Operational Model test state and 21,290 Maryland-domiciled carriers will now be assessed using the new Safety Measurement System.  Any safety problems that are identified will be addressed using the new CSA 2010 interventions process.  The new interventions include warning letters, offsite investigations and on-site focused investigations in addition to the on-site comprehensive investigations used to address carriers with the most serious safety problems.

October 23, 2009
Materials
Check out the latest CSA 2010 materials posted!

We've recently added new materials to the CSA 2010 website.  They include the latest issue of the CSA 2010 Dispatch and several recent CSA 2010 briefings given to Congress, OOIDA, and ATA.  Take a few minutes to check them out!

October 15, 2009
Highlights
CSA 2010 Participates in October Events

October has already been filled with a rich set of outreach and implementation activities including a panel discussion and an active information booth at the American Trucking Association (ATA) conference October 4 through October 7, a briefing and question and answer session with the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) on October 14th, and a Federal State Working Group meeting hosted by Minnesota, a new test state, October 6 to 8.  Stay tuned for more information on these events and others as full implementation draws closer!

October 7, 2009
Highlights
Did You Know? Roadside Inspection Program

The Roadside Inspection Program conducts 3 million inspections each year, providing a wealth of information on most active commercial motor vehicles (CMV) operating in the United States.  Under the CSA 2010 Operational Model, the new Safety Measurement System uses all roadside inspection results to compile a carrier’s safety profile, not just out-of-service or moving violations.  This means that Roadside Inspectors will play an even greater role in helping to reduce CMV crashes and make the roads safer for everyone.   Be sure to check out the new factsheet for Roadside Inspectors!

September 30, 2009
Highlights
CSA 2010 outreach activities in full swing in September!

September has been an active month for CSA 2010 communication and outreach activities.
 
Some of the highlights from this month:

  • CSA 2010 Operational Model test representatives participated in a panel discussion at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s fall conference in Baltimore, Maryland 
  • Operational Model Test Division Administrators hosted 3 interactive webinars for their non-test state peers
  • CSA 2010 representatives introduced the new approach to organizations such as:
    • National Private Truck Council 
    • North American Transportation Services Association 
    • Several state-level trucking associations 
       

Similar events are planned in October and November.  Stay tuned!

September 23, 2009
Highlights
Kansas joins the Op-Model Test!

Kansas officially became the seventh Operational Model test state in mid-September!  Industry outreach activities began over the summer and are continuing as the new program gets underway.  All Federal and state investigators and program managers in Kansas completed an intensive week-long training course and are now employing the new Safety Measurement System and new interventions process to improve carrier safety.

 

September 2, 2009
Highlights
Webinar Addresses Workforce Changes:

More Webinars to Follow

 

The first in a series of Webinars on the implementation of CSA 2010 and its impact upon FMCSA’s workforce took place August 18.  Division Administrators from CSA 2010 test states discussed changes and answered questions from their peers including: 

  • Are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) changing? ANSWER: No.  The Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) notice of proposed rulemaking is under development but CSA 2010 implementation is not dependent on SFD.
  •  Will Field Staff have to re-apply for new job positions?  ANSWER: No. Job and grades are not changing.
  • Will training on the new CSA 2010 safety measurement system and new interventions processes be provided?  ANSWER: Yes. Training for Field Staff and State partners will begin next year.

August 26, 2009
Highlights
New SMS to Replace SafeStat

Get Up To Speed on the Coming Changes!

 

 

The Safety Measurement System (SMS) will replace SafeStat as the new tool to measure carriers’ safety performance when CSA 2010 rolls out next year.  SMS uses all safety-based inspection violations and applies time weighting and severity weighting to calculate measures. Each month, SMS measures two years of crash, inspection and violation data to evaluate carrier performance in seven safety behavior categories, called BASICS (Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories).  The SMS uses the measures to assign a percentile ranking for all carriers within each BASIC. Today, SMS is working well in the six Operational Model test states.

August 17, 2009
Highlights
New CSA 2010 Website Launched!

FMCSA has launched a new website to serve as the communications center piece for its program CSA 2010. The new site includes the following:

  • General information about the CSA 2010
  • Outreach material including fact sheets, brochures, and briefings
  • Frequently Asked Questions about CSA 2010

Do you have feedback about the site or can’t find a certain piece of information? Contact us via email to send us your comments or questions.

August 12, 2009
Highlights
Straight Talk with Industry on CSA 2010!

FMCSA’s CSA 2010 initiative has grabbed the attention of the American Trucking Associations, one of the largest and most influential trucking organizations in the United States.  ATA has assembled a working group of safety directors from its member companies to help prepare for CSA 2010.

On Wednesday, August 5th, FMCSA met with members of that group as part of the Agency’s ongoing effort to reach out to industry stakeholders about upcoming CSA 2010 changes.  During the meeting, FMCSA and ATA discussed a range of topics including the timing of roll-out and the weighting of violations in the CSA 2010 Safety Measurement System (SMS).

August 5, 2009
Highlights
FSWG: Moving CSA 2010 Forward!

Intervention Managers from the six test states met with FMCSA CSA 2010 Development Team members last week to share lessons learned, esolve issues, and make practical improvements to the new operational model in continued preparation for national roll out next year.

The Federal-State Working Group (FSWG) has been in place since the beginning of the test. Captain Mark Savage of the Colorado State Patrol reports that: "CSA 2010 was developed from the ground level up with close collaboration between state partners and federal enforcement personnel and from that perspective it is unique and effective." According to Savage, CSA 2010 has "...increased the integrity of my entire program in Colorado because of the increased emphasis, not just on investigations, but also on the data that’s collected on the roadside and thereby focusing more attention and resources towards the most important goal of the program, reducing crashes."

July 29, 2009
Highlights
CSA 2010 Webinar Given to OTA!

The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is not only Canada’s largest trucking organization, it is also the third largest in all of North America. OTA is an important FMCSA stakeholder.

On July 21, 2009, Bryan Price, Senior Transportation Specialist at FMCSA, led a Webinar on CSA 2010 for OTA members. His presentation included an overview of the program as well as an update on the Operational Model Test currently underway.

One area of interest by the OTA membership was the inclusion of time-weighted, on-road safety performance data using all safety-based violations in determining scores through the new Safety Measurement System (SMS). This is a new feature in CSA 2010. Price explained, “FMCSA wants results to be as reflective as possible of a carrier's current safety status, and does not want to overwhelm the system with old data which may disproportionately influence the scores if the carrier has improved over the two year period.

Similar CSA 2010 outreach efforts to stakeholders will continue to take place throughout the year.

July 22, 2009
Highlights
CSA 2010 Warning Letters Provide Early Safety Alert

FMCSA is sending warning letters to carriers in the six test states whose on-road safety performance data indicates a safety problem in one or more of the Behavioral Analysis Safety Information Categories (BASICs) - and the responses have been notably positive!

Of the 3,000 warning letters sent to date, over 45% of carriers receiving them have logged in to view their safety scores. Daniel Drexler, Minnesota Division Administrator, a test state DA, observed, "As a result of the warning letters sent to Minnesota carriers, we have spoken with many carrier officials who thanked us for notifying them about their safety problems."

According to Drexler, "We found that once carrier officials understand that the new system enables them to identify their problem drivers, a light goes on.  They see CSA 2010 as a tool to reinforce for drivers the importance of roadside inspections, and to hold drivers accountable for on-road safety performance, and therefore improve their companies’ overall safety performance."

July 8, 2009
Highlights
Op-Model SIs Share Best Practices

On June 22, Federal and State Operational Model test Safety Investigators (SI) met via teleconference to share best practices. In discussions about changes to work processes driven by the new business processes, the SIs did not express any major concerns, supporting the CSA 2010 workforce analysis results that grades and jobs are safe!

In fact SIs' jobs in CSA 2010 will have an even greater impact on safety and will be more interesting and diverse due to the array of interventions available to deal with safety issues!

The SIs also focused on the response from carriers in test states. They reported that carriers appreciated the additional safety guidance the CSA 2010 process offers, and in particular, are open to assistance about how to address problems in order to improve safe travel for commercial vehicle drivers and the motoring public.

July 1, 2009
Highlights
Peer-to-Peer Exchange - A Window into CSA 2010

This summer’s field staff in-service training includes a forum for Operation Model (OpModel) test participants to share their experiences and to engage in an open exchange of questions and answers with their non-test counterparts.  Recently, when State Safety Enforcement Investigator, Steff Copeland was asked to leave just one thought with her peers about her experience with CSA 2010, she answered:

"Keep an open mind...CSA 2010 is a change but it’s a very effective change and change can be good. It is an efficient and effective way to contact carriers and make a difference."

-Steff Copeland, State Safety Enforcement Investigator, Missouri DOT

The peer-to-peer sessions will provide field staff with a direct opportunity to hear even more from their OpModel test counterparts about the issues that are most important to them!

June 24, 2009
Highlights
Train-the-Trainer Program is Underway!

Training for additional test state field staff was conducted last week in Massachusetts and a second session will be offered in Missouri in July. Representatives from the operational model test states are joining the CSA 2010 Training Team to share their on-the-ground knowledge and experience by training their peers.

Jim Dearing, a Missouri Safety Investigator and new CSA 2010 instructor states, “As an SI in one of the original test states, I was a vocal skeptic early on. However, my experience over the past 18 months has changed my mind. I believe that the new approach to the investigative process and its associated applications are the most dynamic and innovative compilation of tools and resources FMCSA has developed in its history. I am not only enthusiastic but proud to be involved in educating others as the Agency prepares for rollout nationwide.”

FMCSA field staff and state partners will all receive this CSA 2010 training as a key part of implementation next year! The training includes real-world examples focusing on investigations using CSA 2010’s approach, and provides hands-on sessions to introduce the new measurement system and new tools.

June 17, 2009
Highlights
Federal & State SIs Guide Software Development for CSA 2010

Next Generation Applications Will Serve Federal and State Investigators in Their Enforcement Role

Safety Investigators from Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey Division Offices and State Partner organizations recently met in Denver to lend their real-world expertise to the development of software tools that will be used in the field to support CSA 2010 interventions when CSA 2010 rolls out next year.

With participation from FMCSA's IT Development Division, and technical support from North Dakota State University and the Volpe Center, the group reviewed the proposed CSA 2010 intervention process, from pre-investigation through follow-up. Their essential input provided on-the-ground knowledge of how the next generation suite of tools can be developed to support CSA 2010 roll out next year!

 

June 10, 2009
Highlights
Great New Tools For Investigators Are On The Way!

CSA 2010 will provide easier access to more carrier and driver information

Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA 2010) is an FMCSA initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities. At a workshop May 20-21, experts from FMCSA’s IT Development Division and the CSA 2010 Program collaborated on next generation safety applications that will deliver the most up-to-date, comprehensive information available on drivers and carriers to safety investigators nationwide when CSA 2010 rolls out next year.

"Having all of the motor carriers’ data in one central location, including crash data, inspection data, driver information, etc. is a very critical management tool to ensure we’re targeting the right carriers for the most efficient and effective interventions." Dave Yessen, Federal Programs Manager New Jersey Division (CSA 2010 Interventions Manager)