Every year since 1998, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has sponsored Brake Safety Inspection week in September. This year’s event, which takes place between Sunday, September 15 and Saturday, September 21, will feature random roadside inspections on commercial vehicles located throughout North America. The CVSA works in close association with law enforcement officials to conduct approximately 30,000 surprise inspections each year during Brake Safety Inspection Week.
As part of its commitment to keep America’s roadways safe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all drivers to submit to regular physical exams. Those with a known condition such as diabetes or vision problems that could impact safety must carry a medical card from the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT operates an exemption program for drivers who typically drive interstate, which means they travel outside of their state of origin and potentially out of the country.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is rolling out a new program called Clearinghouse, and it will usher in some big changes for truckers. It’s going to be operational in January 2020, and that’s going to be here before we know it.
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on January 1, 2000. This was in response to passage of the 1999 Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act. Prior to the 1999 legislation, the FMCSA was one division of the Federal Highway Administration. The primary purpose of the FMCSA is to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by commercial drivers. It employs approximately 1,000 people and maintains its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Your business’s safety record plays a huge role in everything from the way customers see your business to the way you manage risk. Being able to tell where you stand at a glance can help you spot the early signs of trouble, or give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are on the right track. Your Company Snapshot is designed to do just that – to give you the details you need to understand where you stand and what you’re doing right (and what you can improve).
Regulations surrounding safety increase in complexity and number every year; any time a new regulation is introduced, the data needs to be collected and stored in a way that makes it accessible to authorized parties. Safety data, inspection details, and other information need to be stored in a secure, easy to access location. To accomplish this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration uses a variety of databases and systems – such as the MCMIS.
As part of its requirements for the Driver Fitness portion of its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers to undergo a medical examination to prove fitness for duty. Drivers must then present a copy of the medical certificate to the State Driver License Agency (SDLA) in the state where they received their commercial driver’s license (CDL).
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains seven categories in its Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) program to provide standards in which to evaluate driver safety. Driver Fitness is one of the seven BASICs. Inspectors rank drivers who have a similar number of safety events such as crashes, violations, or lack of proper recordkeeping, against each other to determine a percentile rank.
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.
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.