What is a Cooperative Safety Plan (CSP) and are motor carriers required to develop one?

Find out what a Cooperative Safety Plan is.

A cooperative safety plan (CSP) is a voluntary structured plan that motor carriers file with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The purpose of the plan is for the motor carrier to address any underlying issues that have or could potentially lead to safety issues and improve its performance.

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How can a carrier improve in the Crash Indicator BASIC?

It's important to understand your Crash Indicator BASIC.

Crash Indicator is one of the seven factors that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers when ranking driver safety relative to other drivers who have experienced a similar number of crashes, failed inspections, violations, and related events. It is part of the BASIC program, which stands for Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category. Currently, the FMCSA allows only law enforcement officials, trucking company management, and the drivers themselves to see Crash Indicator data when logging into its system and searching under the driver’s safety profile.

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How can a carrier improve in the HOS (Hours of Service) Compliance BASIC?

It's important to understand the Hours of Service Compliance BASIC.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a program called Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) that ranks drivers in seven categories. One of these is Hours of Service compliance. This BASIC addresses requirements found under the FMCSA 49 CFR, Parts 392 and 395. Violations under Hours of Service include improper recordkeeping regarding Records of Duty Status (RODS).

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What ELD user documentation must be onboard a driver’s commercial motor vehicle?

What ELD user documentation needs to be onboard a CMV?

According to the United States Department of Transportation, 51% of road accidents involve at least one large truck. The safety of your drivers and the public is a top priority. That’s why you need to take DOT regulations seriously even down to what documentation your drivers carry in their trucks. Not knowing is not an excuse and could lead to fines, delays, and even accidents. So, what electronic logging device (ELD) user documentation must be onboard a driver’s commercial motor vehicle? Here’s what you need to know.

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How do I change the business name on my motor carrier authority?

You might need to change the business name on your motor carrier authority.

Your company name does more than just let customers know what you do and make it easy for them to find you. It is also used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to identify your business and catalog your safety records and related details. If you change your business name to reflect a new approach, target a new industry or simply because you are undergoing a branding change, you’ll need to change it officially on your operating authority – for example, your motor carrier authority. This ensures that your records stay up to date and that you are in full compliance with all regulatory agencies and rules.

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What’s the difference between an AOBRD and an ELD?

ELD vs AOBRD

Electronic Logging Devices are a big topic of conversations in the trucking world, and you might have a few questions about them. First of all, you might be wondering why Electronic Logging Devices are such a big deal. And secondly, maybe you’re wondering how an ELD is so different than an AOBRD (Automatic Onboard Recording Device). The two are similar, but they’re not the same thing. It’s important to know the difference. Here are some of the major differences between the two.

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What is the Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program?

Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is currently working in partnership with the United States military to recruit 18 to 20-year-old commercial drivers. The Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program will run for three years. During this timeframe, program recruits will have the legal authority to operate commercial vehicles interstate.

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How can a carrier improve in the Unsafe Driving BASIC?

You can improve in the Unsafe Driving BASIC.

Unsafe driving is one of the seven categories of the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) created and monitored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). BASIC uses data from all seven categories to rank drivers against others who have a similar number of safety events. These can include violations, accidents, or poor inspection results.

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How does the Safety Measurement System handle crashes where the motor carrier is NOT at fault?

How does a not at fault accident affect a truck business?

On March 29, 2019, the secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores of commercial truck drivers would undergo a significant change starting in August 2019. According to Secretary Elaine Chao, points from a crash in which commercial drivers are not at fault will no longer count against them for CSA scoring purposes. Instead, the organization will classify the accident as non-preventable.

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How can I improve my Vehicle Maintenance BASIC?

Improving your Vehicle Maintenance BASIC

Proper vehicle maintenance is one of seven factors that inspectors from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) program evaluate to assign scores for the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative. The goal of the program is to prevent accidents, spillage, and other events that endanger public safety. We’ll go over how you can improve your Vehicle Maintenance BASIC.

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