CSA system update: New hours violations encoded
Carriers logging into their profiles to monitor their Safety Measurement System performance under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program via safer.fmcsa.dot.gov will see two new violations coded and contributing to CSA profiles.
The first codifies violation of the 30-minute break requirement of the new hours of service rule with a 7-point severity weight contributing to the Hours of Service Compliance Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category.
For more on enforcement protocols around the new requirements of the hours rule, read this July 23 story.
The second addition “was added based on industry and law enforcement feedback,” FMCSA says, and is related to alcohol possession. The new included violation, with a severity weighting of 3 contributing to carriers’ Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC measures, enables roadside inspectors to distinguish between alcohol possession and alcohol use. The 3-point weighting is much lower in the SMS than the 5-point use/under-the-influence violation.