How Important is Reflective devices & Reflector tape?

As CSA 2010 goes full steam ahead there has already been an increase on the types of violations that are shown with some companies in areas of their vehicles that had not been a problem in the past, no matter how old the vehicle is, your unit must comply with FMCSA regulations and it is the responsibility of the Motor Carrier to make sure that they are staying up on regulation changes.

Regulations under CSA 2010 concerning vehicle BASIC is defined;

Vehicle Maintenance BASIC — Failure to properly maintain a CMV. Example violations: brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, and failure to make required repairs

What happens when your driver gets a roadside inspection and they do the basic inspection of the driver, looks at his logs and they are not what the inspector wants to see, so it leads into further review of not just the driver but the vehicle as well. This is where having the proper reflectors or reflective tape is important. Here is how the Safety Measurement System assesses performance.

Both CSMS (Carrier Safety Measurement System) and DSMS (Driver Safety Measurement System) assess an individual entity‘s performance by BASIC and Crash Indicators calculated from information collected during on-road safety inspections and state-reported CMV crash records. These data are recorded in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). In addition, motor carrier Census data, also recorded in MCMIS, are used for the identification and normalization of safety event data. Below are more detailed descriptions of each data source:

  • Roadside Inspections are examinations a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector conducts on individual CMVs and drivers to determine if they are in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs).

  • Violations are recorded during inspections and are entered into the MCMIS database. A subset of these violations results in driver or vehicle Out-of-Service (OOS) orders. These OOS violations must be corrected before the affected driver or vehicle is allowed to return to service. The SMS assessments are based on the safety violations listed in Appendix A. These assessments, however, do not include those violations that are: (1) a result of a crash3 or (2) assigned to another entity such as a shipper or Intermodal Equipment Provider.

So as you can see the importance of all compliance areas of your company, and how one area can lead to effecting another area.

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