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CSA Driver Safety Measurement System Frequently Asked Questions!

  1. Are drivers notified if they are identified with safety problems via the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS)? Answer

  2. Describe the serious driver violations that are sometimes called Red Flag Violations. Answer

  3. What is the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS) and how is it used? Answer

  4. How do I determine if a violation will count against a carrier, a driver, or both in the Safety Measurement System (SMS)? Answer

  5. How does a driver's violation history impact a carrier's Safety Measurement System (SMS) evaluation? Answer

  6. When I add up the total of my driver, vehicle, and hazmat inspections, why don't they equal my total inspection count in the Safety Measurement System (SMS)? Answer

  7. Why does the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) new Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program emphasize driver safety enforcement? Answer

  8. Preliminary University of Michigan Transportation Institute (UMTRI) findings from the Operational Model Test (Op-Model Test) indicated that two of the seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) do not have a strong relationship to future crashes. Should these findings delay implementation of CSA? Answer

  9. Do inspections that find no violations count in the Safety Measurement System (SMS)? Answer

  10. Are there new regulations regarding a driver's body mass index (BMI), body fat ratio, weight, neck size and sleep apnea? Answer

  11. When will CSA start using the driver component of the new Safety Measurement System (SMS)? Answer

  12. Why is there no driver rating? Why aren't drivers more accountable? Answer

  13. What is the Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP), who can access it, and how? Answer

  14. How will drivers, motor carriers, and the public be notified about driver Notice of Violations (NOVs) and Notice of Claims (NOCs)? Answer

  15. I'm having problems signing in to see my data. What should I do? Answer

  16. How does the Safety Measurement System (SMS) handle warning tickets for speeding? Answer

  17. What are the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs)? Which violations correspond to which BASIC? Answer

  18. What is a "clean inspection"? Answer

  19. How can drivers prepare for Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)? Answer

  20. What is pre-inspection screening? Answer

  21. How does time severity work in the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS)? Answer

  22. How can users access Safety Measurement System (SMS) data? Answer

  23. Can a motor carrier or driver appeal a DataQs ruling? Answer

  24. When 392.2 violations are listed on the roadside inspection report, how can a user determine which BASIC(s) they apply to and the severity weight? Answer

  25. What refinements were made to the SMS Methodology after the Operational Model Test in August 2010? Answer

  26. What triggers an intervention? Answer

  27. Can you explain how safety event groups work in the new Safety Measurement System (SMS)? Answer

  28. How are the Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile ranks calculated? Answer

  29. If the citation I acquired while in my commercial motor vehicle is thrown out in court, can I get the roadside inspection violation that resulted from the same behavior from the same incident removed from my Safety Measurement System (SMS) record? If so, how? Answer

  30. How do I know if a crash will be used in my Safety Measurement System (SMS) data? Answer

  31. Why does the Safety Measurement System (SMS) hold carriers responsible for drivers' errors, such as speeding? Answer

  32. Do citations play a role in the Safety Measurement System (SMS), or carrier Inspection Selection System (ISS) algorithm? For example, if a driver has a violation for a torn strap and receives a citation, does the citation add anything to the carrier's SMS percentile ranks or ISS values? Answer

  33. What are the inspection levels? Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology for the past 24 months (including 2009 data)—how is that going to work? Answer

  34. How do I improve my percentile ranks in the SMS BASICs? Answer



 
 
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