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SMS Methodology

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SMS Methodology Version 3.0.8 of the SMS includes 12 additional violations to align with recent changes to FMCSA’s roadside inspection software and continuously improve the consistency of data in our systems. These violations were applied retroactively in the SMS with the July 28, 2017 snapshot. August 2017
CSA Industry Briefing, Winter 2016

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CSA Industry Briefing, Winter 2016 This briefing can be used by FMCSA/State Partners or motor carrier industry to educate others about the CSA program. The presentation reviews what CSA is and why change is needed. January 2016
Get Road Smart: Drivers and the CSA Program, Winter 2016

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Get Road Smart: Drivers and the CSA Program, Winter 2016 This PowerPoint presentation gives an overview of the CSA program and its impact to drivers and motor carriers. January 2016
DSMS Methodology Version 3.0.5

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DSMS Methodology Version 3.0.5 Version 3.0.5 of the SMS includes violation updates to improve the consistency of roadside inspection data in our systems. These updates took effect in the SMS with the September 25, 2015 snapshot. September 2015
Get Road Smart BASICs Visor Card

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Get Road Smart BASICs Visor Card Get Road Smart about the BASICs with this visor card that is designed to fit easily in a driver’s truck. Order your laminated visor card by calling 1-877-254-5365. March 2015
Get Road Smart about CSA: Pocket Cards

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Get Road Smart about CSA: Pocket Cards Drivers, Get Road Smart about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, and learn about our safety resources with this pocket-sized information card. March 2015
Get Road Smart Motor Carrier Poster

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Get Road Smart Motor Carrier Poster Get Road Smart poster for motor carriers. Available to print or order online. March 2015
Adjudicated Citations Factsheet

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Adjudicated Citations Factsheet This factsheet is for the driver who has received a citation associated with a roadside inspection violation that has been dismissed in a judicial proceeding and wants to change his safety record. It covers the 2014 adjudicated citations policy and its impact. August 2014
BASIC Percentiles and Safety Ratings Factsheet

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BASIC Percentiles and Safety Ratings Factsheet This factsheet covers the main differences between the BASIC percentiles, safety ratings, and “scores.” It includes information on the SMS as well as the regulatory definitions for safety ratings. August 2014
Just The Facts for Drivers Factsheet

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Just The Facts for Drivers Factsheet This factsheet is a quick reference guide for drivers to help them Get Road Smart about their safety and compliance information and their carrier’s, too. It includes facts on PSP, the SMS, and DataQs. August 2014
Safety Performance and Compliance Factsheet

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Safety Performance and Compliance Factsheet This factsheet explains what happens if a motor carrier doesn’t improve its safety performance after it receives a warning letter, covering the different types of investigations. June 2014
What Is CSA? Factsheet

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What Is CSA? Factsheet This factsheet is a plain-language introduction to CSA and how it affects motor carriers and drivers. It includes a brief introduction to the SMS and the BASICs. June 2014
Warning Letter Factsheet

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Warning Letter Factsheet This factsheet gives guidance on what a motor carrier can do after receiving a warning letter, including what happens next and tips on how to improve safety performance. June 2014
Overview of FMCSA’s SMS Display Enhancements and New Adjudicated Citations Policy: Webinar Slides, August 2014

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Overview of FMCSA’s SMS Display Enhancements and New Adjudicated Citations Policy: Webinar Slides, August 2014 The webinar provided FMCSA public and industry partners with information about the final enhancements to the display of information on the SMSpublic website and outlined changes to the Agency’s MCMIS being implemented to improve uniformity in inspection violation data. June 2014
The Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) Effectiveness Test by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), January 2014

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The Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) Effectiveness Test by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), January 2014 The report, the CSMS Effectiveness Test by BASICs, 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. The study was peer-reviewed by independent experts. February 2014
Safety Measurement System (SMS) Display Changes  Industry Webinar, November 2013

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Safety Measurement System (SMS) Display Changes Industry Webinar, November 2013 Ths webinar was offered to industry stakeholders in November 2013. It provides an overview of the SMS Preview Website of the proposed SMS display changes. December 2013
Introduction to the Safety Measurement System, Version 3.0, March 2013

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Introduction to the Safety Measurement System, Version 3.0, March 2013 This 58 slide PowerPoint presentation gives a very detailed overview of how the Safety Measurement System works. It also touches on most other things related to CSA in less depth. March 2013
Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC Factsheet

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Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC Factsheet This Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
Driver Fitness BASIC Factsheet

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Driver Fitness BASIC Factsheet This Driver Fitness Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC Factsheet

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Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC Factsheet This Controlled Substances/Alcohol Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
Crash Indicator BASIC Factsheet

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Crash Indicator BASIC Factsheet This Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
FMCSA Data for Safety Stakeholders: Briefing Addendum

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FMCSA Data for Safety Stakeholders: Briefing Addendum This briefing addendum provides information about FMCSA programs and data that may be of specific interest to safety stakeholders. It should be used as an addendum to the CSA Industry Briefing. December 2012
Unsafe Driving BASIC Factsheet

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Unsafe Driving BASIC Factsheet This Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
Vehicle Maintenance BASIC Factsheet

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Vehicle Maintenance BASIC Factsheet This Vehicle Maintenance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) factsheet gives an overview of the BASIC for motor carriers and drivers. December 2012
Just the Facts about SMS

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Just the Facts about SMS This factsheet offers important facts about CSA's Safety Measurement System. December 2012
Passenger Carrier Slides

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Passenger Carrier Slides These slides can be used to tailor the industry briefing for passenger carrier audiences. December 2012
Crash Weighting Research Plan

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Crash Weighting Research Plan This document is a summary of the Agency’s plans to conduct additional research and analysis to further explore the feasibility and possible approaches for creating and incorporating a crash weighting system into the Agency’s enforcement program. July 2012
Police Accident Report (PAR) Coding Test

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Police Accident Report (PAR) Coding Test This document is the Agency’s initial study that tested the coding accuracy and consistency of police accident reports (PARs) as a potential source of information for determining a carrier’s role in crashes. July 2012
Safety Measurement System (SMS) Preview Handout for Motor Carriers

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Safety Measurement System (SMS) Preview Handout for Motor Carriers This handout gives an overview of the SMS Preview, including the proposed SMS changes. It also points motor carriers to additional information, such as the Federal Register Notice and the foundational document. Furthermore, it provides instructions for how to access the SMS Preview as well as how to give comments about the SMS changes. June 2012
Safety Measurement System (SMS) Changes: December 2012

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Safety Measurement System (SMS) Changes: December 2012 This foundational document outlines the final set of changes that were made to the Safety Measurement System in December 2012. June 2012
FMCSA Data — Information for Safety Stakeholders

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FMCSA Data — Information for Safety Stakeholders This factsheet identifies and clarifies all three of FMCSA’s publicly available data sources. May 2012
Review of Wells Fargo Equity Research Report on Compliance, Safety, Accountability

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Review of Wells Fargo Equity Research Report on Compliance, Safety, Accountability This article contains FMCSA's review Wells Fargo Equity Research Report on the agency’sCSA program. Accompanying FMCSA’s review is a letter from FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro to CVSA 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. March 2012
CSA FAQs and Answers

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CSA FAQs and Answers This MS Word file offers five pages of FAQs and two pages of phone numbers of the FMCSA State offices across U.S.. The FAQs discuss a wide range of topics about the SMS and what CSA is at a high level. February 2011
Driver Safety Enforcement: What Motor Carriers Need to Know

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Driver Safety Enforcement: What Motor Carriers Need to Know What motor carriers need to know about driver safety enforcement.
Response to ATA's Top Concerns

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Response to ATA's Top Concerns FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s April 16, 2010 response to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) top concerns regarding the CSA program.
Industry Office Poster

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Industry Office Poster High-level overview of CSA on a one-page poster.
Safety Measurement System Factsheet

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Safety Measurement System Factsheet This one-page PDF gives a high-level outline of the new SMS, including an excellent description of each of the seven BASICs.
Response to the MTA's Top Concerns

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Response to the MTA's Top Concerns Read FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro’s June 8, 2010 response to the Minnesota Trucking Association’s (MTA) top concerns regarding the CSA program.
CVSA Presentation: Lifecycle of a Roadside Inspection Violation, April 2013

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CVSA Presentation: Lifecycle of a Roadside Inspection Violation, April 2013 Archived! Presentation given at the Commerical Vehicle Safety Alliance meeting in April 2013. The subject of the presentation was the Lifecycle of a Roadside Violation. May 2013
CSA: Proposed Changes to Improve on a Solid Foundation, June 2012

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CSA: Proposed Changes to Improve on a Solid Foundation, June 2012 Archived! This presentation was given through a series of public webinars to educate industry about proposed enhancements to SMS. July 2012
CSA Presentation to Small Business Administration, February 2012

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CSA Presentation to Small Business Administration, February 2012 Archived! 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. March 2012
CSA Dispatch, December 2011

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CSA Dispatch, December 2011 Archived! A newsletter for FMCSA/State Partners that highlights recent CSA program accomplishments, interventions update, and hot topics with industry. December 2011
Evaluation of the CSA 2010 Operational Model Test

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Evaluation of the CSA 2010 Operational Model Test Archived! The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today (August 31, 2011) 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. August 2011
CMV Fatalities - Supplemental Slide

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CMV Fatalities - Supplemental Slide Archived! Supplemental slide with graph that illustrates the rate of commercial motor vehicle fatalities has leveled off since 1975. The number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by year are provided for 1975-2008. May 2011
CSA Dispatch, April 2011

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CSA Dispatch, April 2011 Archived! A newsletter for FMCSA/State Partners that highlights recent CSA program accomplishments, interventions update, and hot topics with industry. April 2011
FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, Minnesota Trucking Association Annual Conference

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FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, Minnesota Trucking Association Annual Conference Archived! As written remarks for FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro, Minnesota Trucking Association Annual Conference, August 4, 2010. August 2010
Administrator Anne Ferro’s Opening Remarks

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Administrator Anne Ferro’s Opening Remarks Archived! On June 23, 2010, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro spoke before the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure about "CSA: Understanding FMCSA's New System of Motor Carrier Oversight." This video is the opening statement from her testimony. June 2010
2009 Public Listening Sessions: CSA 2010 from a Motor Carrier and Driver Perspective

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2009 Public Listening Sessions: CSA 2010 from a Motor Carrier and Driver Perspective Archived! The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) held its tenth Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) public listening session. December 2009
2008 Public Listening Session: SMS & SFD Presentation

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2008 Public Listening Session: SMS & SFD Presentation Archived! The 2008 CSA 2010 Listening Session took place on October 16, 2008, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. Approximatley 70 participants representing industry, associations, law enforcement and government convened to hear CSA 2010 team leaders, including then FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill, give presentations about CSA 2010. October 2008
2008 Public Listening Session: Roadside Uniformity Presentation

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2008 Public Listening Session: Roadside Uniformity Presentation Archived! The 2008 CSA 2010 Listening Session took place on October 16, 2008, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. Approximately 70 participants representing industry, associations, law enforcement and government convened to hear CSA 2010 team leaders, including then FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill, give presentations about CSA 2010. October 2008