FMCSA to Change CSA Scoring


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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public comment on proposed changes in the way it scores motor carriers under its safety system known as Compliance, Safety Accountability initiative or CSA.

FMCSA last week published planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) portion of CSA. The SMS improvements are based on ongoing analysis and feedback from enforcement personnel, the motor carrier industry, and safety advocates, the agency said in the official notice published March 27, and designed to more effectively identify and prioritize high-risk and other unsafe motor carriers for enforcement interventions.

Effective March 27, FMCSA is providing motor carriers with the ability to preview how the improvements impact their individual safety data in SMS. These improvements include: (1) changes to the SMS methodology that identify higher risk carriers while addressing industry biases; (2) making transport of hazardous materials one of the seven categories, replacing a more general cargo-securement category; and, (3) more specific fact-based displays of SMS results on the SMS Web site.

Motor carriers can preview their data at

Information on how to file comments, which are due within 60 days, can be found here.


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