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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

You can request a safety data report.

How can truck drivers view their safety data?

As a commercial bus or truck driver, it’s in your best interest to know the information contained in your safety record. Monitoring your own performance allows you to be proactive with correcting issues before the Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) division of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) selects you for intervention. We’ll explain … Read more

You can challenge the results of an FMCSA inspection.

Can I challenge the results of an FMCSA inspection?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducts periodic roadside inspections of commercial trucks and buses to ensure public safety. Any violation on your record with the FMCSA can have a negative impact on your career as well as single you out for further intervention from the agency’s Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) program. What … Read more

Intervention from the FMCSA doesn't have to last forever.

When will the Safety Measurement System stop identifying a motor carrier for intervention?

The Safety Management System (SMS) program, which is managed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), helps to identify and correct unsafe driving behaviors. The organization’s goal is to intervene early enough to prevent accidents from taking place. SMS assigns points under another program known as Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC). Each … Read more

It's important to know what to do if there's an ELD malfunction.

What should a truck driver do if there’s an ELD malfunction?

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) began mandating the use of the electronic logging device (ELD) in December 2017, it did so with the understanding that it could occasionally malfunction. Under FMCSA guidelines, a commercial truck driver must follow specific instructions if the device that monitors date, time, hours of service, and other … Read more