One of the three cornerstones of CSA 2010 is measurement. It is the first stage of the 3 phase process designed to make our roads safer by isolating unsafe commercial vehicle operators.

What will the FMCSA be measuring and how can you make sure your fleet stays above the line?

There are seven main criteria the FMCSA will be measuring, and will be used to calculate an overall BASIC score (Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories).

Category Description Example FMCSR Solution
Unsafe Driving Operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner. Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane change, and inattention. FMCSR Parts 392 and 397 Telogis Fleet monitor unsafe driving in real-time.
Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) Operation of CMVs by drivers who are ill, fatigued, or in non-compliance with the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. This BASIC includes violations of regulations pertaining to logbooks as they relate to HOS requirements and the management of CMV driver fatigue. HOS, logbook, and operating a CMV while ill or fatigued. FMCSR Parts 392 and 395 Use Telogis Mobile to automatically log driver hours and receive instant HOS violation alerts.
Driver Fitness Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications. Failure to have a valid and appropriate commercial driver’s license and being medically unqualified to operate a CMV. FMCSR Parts 383 and 391 Track your drivers current fitness with automated alerts e.g. expired licenses
Controlled Substances / Alcohol Operation of CMVs by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Use or possession of controlled substances/alcohol. FMCSR Parts 382 and 392 Use the Telogis APIsolutions/integration to connect your HR drug-testing systems.
Vehicle Maintenance Failure to properly maintain a CMV. Brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, and failure to make required repairs. FMCSR Parts 393 and 396 Telogis Fleet can be used to setup preventative maintenance schedules based on actual usage.
Cargo-Related Failure to properly prevent shifting loads, spilled or dropped cargo, overloading, and unsafe handling of hazardous materials on a CMV. Improper load securement, cargo retention, and hazardous material handling. FMCSR Parts 392, 393, 397 and HM Violations Use Telogis Mobile to make sure drivers are completing pre-trip safety inspections and checking loads are being transported safely.
Crash Indicator Histories or patterns of high crash involvement, including frequency and severity. Based on information from State-reported crashes. By maintaining high safety standards, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of fleet accidents.

How is it measured?

The FMCSA uses a carrier’s data from roadside inspections, including all safety-based violations, State-reported crashes and the Federal motor carrier census to quantify performance.

Why should I worry about fleet safety measurements?

Measurement is the first stage of CSA 2010 and is used to identify fleets that need to be investigated further. A fleet’s safety record is also on public record, and used by insurers, shippers and other parties that may be considering doing business with the carrier.

Interventions can be triggered by any of the following:

  • One of more deficient BASICs
  • High crash indicator
  • Complaint or fatal crash

What intervention is taken will be determined in the Evaluation phase of CSA.

Interventions can differ in severity but in most cases it will involve downtime addressing the issues raised by the FMCSA.

How often will my fleet be measured?

Measurements taken are part of an ongoing assessment of all commercial carriers so it’s vital that you have systems in place to maintain your safety standards.

Every month the FMCSA will measure the previous two years of roadside violations and crash data to evaluate your fleet.