Posted on 03/18/2015 at 01:07 PM by Dena Boelter
We are all familiar with CSA or Compliance, Safety and Accountability which is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve truck safety with the intent of reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the nation’s highways.
Often drivers are unsure how this initiative impacts them individually. Today, we will clear up some common misconceptions:
- Do violations in my personal vehicle appear on this record? No. A roadside inspection must accompany a traffic stop of a commercial motor vehicle for it to appear on a driver’s CSA record.
- How long will this information be on my record? Data remains on the company record for 24 months and on the CDL holder’s record for 36 months (crash records will be on file for 60 months).
- Does a violation count even if the driver was not placed out of service or given a warning or citation? Yes. Regardless of the action that follows the discovery of a violation or warning, anything listed on a roadside inspection will be used in the CSA measurement system.
- Is there an appeals process if I don’t agree with something? Yes. There is a DataQ system operated by the FMCSA that is an appeals process. Evidence such as regulatory or factual proof needs to be supplied supporting the position that the violation was incorrect, a statement indicating that you feel it was unfair is not sufficient.
- How can I find out what my personal score is? Your record can be accessed by visiting this website. The cost is $10.
- What are the worst violations that have the highest point value during the first six months?
- Operating a CMV while texting - 30 points
- Reckless driving - 30 points
- Speeding 15 MPH over - 30 points
- Driving after declared out of service - 30 points