Have you Noticed Your SMS Score Changing?

Have you noticed your safety score changing since the implementation of CSA? The way that the 7 Basics of CSA are measured from that of the old safety rating system.

I have had several clients ask me why their score was higher or lower since we have changed to the new CSA system. It is important to understand how the basics are scored compared to the old system.

The SMS will initially focus on the two types of entities most likely to impact the
BASICs and Crash Indicator: motor carriers and CMV drivers.  Therefore, two
measurement systems were designed for CSA:
Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS)
Driver Safety Measurement Systems (DSMS)

Both CSMS and DSMS 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.

To further understand why your score is changing visit: http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/SMSMethodology.pdf

Additional Resources:

Get virtual trucking assistance www.thetruckingva.com

Educate your drivers in CSA http://dotdqfiles.com/csaorientationtraining.htm

CSA http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/about/BASICs.aspx

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