Thursday, June 16, 2011

And Now.... Some Acronyms to Look At!!! FMCSA, CSA, SMS & the CMV Driver

With the launch of the CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) SMS (Safety Measurement System) in December 2010, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) continues to receive questions from carrier companies, individual drivers, and general stakeholders in the transportation industry. One of the most frequently asked questions is related to how CSA affects a motor carriers’ employment of CMV (Commercial Motor Vehicle) drivers.

Under the CSA, FMCSA continues to hold motor carriers responsible for the safety performance of the drivers that they employ. This has been a longstanding FMCSA position, and is not at all unique to CSA. All inspections and crashes that a driver receives under the authority of a carrier will remain part of the carrier’s SMS data for 2 years unless overturned through the DataQs system, even if the carrier company terminates the driver.

Remember, the FMCSA’s CSA website is the official resource for all information on the new safety program. Visit the website at to find out all you need to know!!!!

We want to know.... Do you have any experiences related to this post? What kind of effect has the CSA SMS had on you as an individual driver of a CMV??

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