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CSA Fast Facts

Pre-Employment Screening Program

The Pre-employment Screening Program is a tool to allow employers to view your five-year crash and three-year inspection history by pulling it from the FMCSA database with your consent.

You can check your records' accuracy for a $10 fee at www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov, or you can get a free record check via a Freedom of Information Act request at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/foia/foia-requests.

Safety Measurement System

Numbers matter. CSA's Safety Measurement System analyzes safety data collected from 100,000 crash reports and 3.5 million roadside inspections reports each year to identify the motor carriers that pose great risk to safety on our highways so we can address the problem.

Your Performance Matters

Your performance affects your carrier's record – and at Centerline, our drivers have strong performance records.

Seven Basics of Safety:

BASIC – Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category. BASICS are the best way to remember the safety rules drivers must follow:

  1. Unsafe Driving
  2. Crash Indicator
  3. Hours of Service Compliance
  4. Vehicle Maintenance
  5. Controlled Substances/Alcohol
  6. Hazardous Materials Compliance
  7. Driver Fitness

What Is Driver Fitness BASIC?

The Driver Fitness BASIC addresses the requirements within the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), specifically 49 CFR Parts 383 and 391, and refers to the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to a lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications.

How Can Drivers Improve Driver Fitness BASIC?

Drivers must be physically and medically qualified to drive a CMV, according to Subpart E of FMCSR Part 391. For example, if a driver is operating with an expired medical certificate, then he or she is not complying with the Driver Fitness BASIC. So a simple step to ensure that you are meeting the requirements is to know when your medical certificate expires.

Hours of Service BASICS

How Do Transportation Companies Know Where They Stand?

FMCSA's Safety Measurement System (SMS) determines an overall BASIC status for each carrier based on roadside inspections that are then ranked as a percentile and/or prior investigation violations.

This information is logged in to the SMS website, where it can be reviewed. You have access to records of your company's crashes and can request a review of any records you think are inaccurate through DataQs. Violations related to HOS Compliance BASIC raise the percentile rank, indicating lower safety compliance, and may lead to safety interventions, such as warnings.

How Can Motor Carriers and Their Drivers Improve Safety Performance for HOS Compliance BASIC?

The HOS Compliance BASIC is based on the regulations that require commercial drivers to follow the HOS requirements in the FMCSRs at 49 CFR Part 395 and Part 392.

Drivers should never falsify their RODS to conceal hours driven, which is a major violation of compliance with HOS Compliance BASIC.

Employers should ensure that their drivers know how many hours they can legally drive before they break HOS rules and understand how lack of sleep negatively affects their ability to drive safely.

Any patterns of driver noncompliance should be cause for intervention and re-education on the regulations and the importance of compliance. Motor carriers should be aware of how long their drivers have been operating on the road and ensure that safety is the top consideration when assigning work to them.

For more information about CSA, visit http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov.

As a driver, you know that following the safety rules and regulations keeps you on the road and earning a living. But it does so much more than that. It protects everyone on our roadways, including you – to ensure you'll always be there for your loved ones.