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Under 21 Military CDL Pilot Program

What is the 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.

You can improve in the Unsafe Driving BASIC.

How can a carrier 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 … Read more

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

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

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 … Read more

Improving your Vehicle Maintenance BASIC

How can I improve my 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. … Read more

Find out what happens if a BASIC rank goes up.

If my Safety Measurement System BASIC rank goes up, what happens?

The Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program operated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gives drivers a BASIC rank in 7 categories.

Your CSA percentile could worsen for several reasons.

Why did my CSA percentile increase?

To help identify drivers for intervention, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses a ranking system managed by its Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program. It can be distressing as a driver to see your percentile rank increase from one month to the next, especially if you don’t understand the reason for it. We … Read more

The SMS includes certain motor carriers.

Which carriers are included in the Safety Measurement System?

According to the Safety Measurement System (SMS), a program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), five million people are employed as commercial truck and bus drivers in the United States. Drivers of these large commercial vehicles share the same roads as more than 250 million Americans using their own personal vehicle. The FMCSA … Read more

18 to 21-year-olds will be allowed to drive CMVs intrastate in Alabama.

Alabama to allow 18 to 21-year-olds to drive CMVs intrastate

On May 15, 2019, the Alabama legislature passed a bill that would lower the age a driver can apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for intrastate truck driving from 21 to 18. The Senate passed the bill 24-0 while the House voted 96-1 in favor of passage. Governor Kay Ivey is expected to sign … Read more

The Safety Measurement System uses certain data as part of the methodology.

What data does the Safety Measurement System use?

The Safety Measurement System (SMS), a branch of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), identifies and intervenes with drivers who have demonstrated unsafe driving behavior. It uses seven distinct categories, known as BASICs, to identify, categorize, and rank drivers to prioritize for intervention. BASIC stands for Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories and includes … Read more