Do a driver’s safety violations affect a motor carrier’s SMS ranking?

How do a driver's safety violations affect a motor carrier?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) designed the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program for two primary reasons. The first is to improve driver safety and the second is to prevent wrecks, injuries, and deaths involving commercial motor vehicles. The CSA program further consists of three components. These include a Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rating system to help determine safety among commercial drivers, interventions, and the Safety Management System (SMS). It’s common for both drivers and employers to question whether a driver’s crash history and safety violations follow him or her in the SMS.

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How do owner-operators meet their Clearinghouse requirements?

CDL Driver

Starting on January 6, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will operate a Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse to better track drivers who violate substance use policies – the goal of the program is to improve public safety. The FMCSA Clearinghouse will contain information related to violations of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol policy as well as test results from random, return-to-work, pre-employment, and other categories of drug and alcohol testing. We’ll explain what owner-operators need to know about their Clearinghouse requirements.

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What is the intervention point for the BASIC categories?

BASIC intervention thresholds

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration operates the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program to ensure that all carriers are abiding by specific standards. The program essentially monitors seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Below is some information to help you understand these categories, as well as the standard you must meet to avoid intervention under the CSA program.

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Will a violation count against the driver, the motor carrier, or both?


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates a program called the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to improve the safety of commercial drivers as well as the driving public. This program identifies drivers with unsafe driving behaviors and prioritizes them for intervention based on the number and severity of their violations. SMS operates under the authority of another FMCSA program called Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA). Motor carriers are entirely responsible for their drivers under the SMS program. That means a violation charged to a driver becomes part of the motor carrier’s record.

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What driver violations are Red Flag violations and what do they mean?

Red flag violations are serious.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, performs inspections to ensure that both vehicles and drivers are complying with specific established standards. When drivers or vehicles are out of compliance with any of these standards, a violation will be recorded. Some of these violations are more serious than others and may have more severe consequences. We’ll explain what red flag violations are and what they mean.

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Do inspections that find no violations count in the SMS?

What if an inspection finds no violations?

When drivers undergo a roadside inspection, the goal is to get through it without the inspector finding any problems. That means they’re doing their job well and don’t require any follow-up from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If you have recently gone through your first inspection or have just become familiar with the Safety Measurement System (SMS), you may wonder if inspections with no violations become part of your SMS record. According to information published by the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program of the FMCSA, the answer is yes.

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What to know about driver vehicle inspection reports

Driver vehicle inspection is a very important part of any trip.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) bears responsibility for ensuring that commercial trucks and buses remain safe on America’s roadways. There are a lot of regulations and requirements about inspecting vehicles, and some of those regulations have to do with vehicle inspection reports.

Commercial drivers have a responsibility to inspect all major parts of their vehicle to ensure they are in safe working order. For example, this includes the brakes, horn, lighting, steering wheel, emergency equipment, axles, and tires at a minimum. We’ll go over what you should know about driver vehicle inspection reports.

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How are percentiles for the Safety Measurement System determined?

How are BASIC percentiles created?

The Safety Management System (SMS) is a program initiated and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It contains data from crash reports and roadside inspections for every commercial driver for the past 24 months. The FMCSA relies on the SMS to help identify drivers with safety challenges that might require intervention, up to and including putting their vehicles out of service.

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How often does the SMS update?

How often does the SMS update?

The Safety Measurement System (SMS), a program operated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), gathers information about commercial drivers to prioritize those who require a safety intervention. Drivers chosen for intervention will first receive a letter explaining the reasons along with any specific actions the agency plans to take. The goal is to correct unsafe driving behaviors as early as possible or get certain drivers off the road if necessary.

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What is reefer breakdown coverage?

Reefer breakdown coverage

The typical reefer truck weighs a lot and contains a refrigerated unit or refrigeration built directly into its frame. It helps to keep perishable goods fresh during long-distance deliveries. If you routinely transport refrigerated goods, adding reefer breakdown coverage to your insurance policy can give you added protection and peace of mind. Refrigerated goods need special protection and come with a higher risk than certain other types of cargo. This cargo isn’t your typical load, and it needs special care and attention so that it can be delivered to the client.

We’ll highlight some of the risks of hauling refrigerated goods below as well as what to look for in a new insurance policy.

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