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Portions of CSA’s carrier ranking system return to public view

csaalertAs it promised last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated the online portal of its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to bring back to public view the raw data underpinning the BASIC percentile rankings and the so-called “absolute scores” within five of the seven BASICs.

Each carrier’s SMS profile now includes in its public view inspection and violation information and crash counts, among other data. BASICs that display each measure’s change over time, as shown in the chart to the right, include the Unsafe Driving, Hours of Service Compliance, Driver Fitness, Vehicle Maintenance and Controlled Substances categories. Measures in both the Crash Indicator and Hazardous Materials BASICs, as with the percentiles in those BASICs prior to passage of the FAST Act highway bill, remain unavailable to the public.

The agency had pulled this data from public view in December in the wake of the signing of the FAST Act, which called for the DOT to remove from public view the percentile rankings within the CSA Safety Measurement System and requires the agency to reform the program before returning the system to public view. The agency and its enforcers, however, may still use the data to target carriers for intervention.

The FAST Act also explicitly states the agency may retain the aforementioned data and absolute scores as publicly available.

See prior CCJ reporting on the matter — and what it could mean for carriers — at this link.


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Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.