Exposed

Todd Dills | October 01, 2010

• Have a credit card handy for payment. The fee is $10 for one report, which can include multiple licenses.

• Visit www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov.

• Click on Operator Applicant and follow directions.


How to challenge PSP information

• Visit FMCSA’s DataQs page (dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov) and register for access.

• Click ADD A CHALLENGE and enter a challenge for each incorrect piece of data.

• Select the appropriate reason for why the crash or inspection should be corrected and click CONTINUE. For instance, if you’re challenging inspection information assigned wrongly to you, select INSPECTION – COMMERCIAL DRIVER DATA. There is a help file on the site for determining which challenge type to select.

• As you list reasons for challenging the data, include as many details as possible.

• Submit the challenge. Your entry should now appear on your list of challenges on your main DataQs page. You can view the information by clicking on the challenge ID.

• When the appropriate agency responds, you will receive e-mail notification.


Latest changes raise risk for independents

Some large to mid-size carriers spent the last year lobbying for changes to CSA 2010’s scoring methodology. With some of those changes in effect, the FMCSA intervention risk is greater for small carriers, including owner-operators running under their own authority, says log-auditing and CSA 2010 data analysis firm RAIR Technologies.

Changes ranged from adjustments to point values assigned particular violations to the peer groups used for scoring in the individual Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories, or BASICs.

In the RAIR analysis, changes to the scoring methodology that began in August largely benefited carriers with 16 trucks or more. The changes “make the larger fleets look better in the Crash Indicator and in [the Unsafe Driving BASIC], but they make the very small fleets look much worse,” says RAIR President J.J. Singh. His company determined carriers with five or fewer trucks were 50 percent more likely to experience FMCSA intervention than they were before the changes. Conversely, the largest carriers, with more than 500 trucks, were over 40 percent less likely to see FMCSA action.

At Prime, with more than 4,000 leased and company trucks, says Don Lacy, the CSA BASIC score estimates he was getting from database miner Transportation Performance Inc. changed significantly in some instances as FMCSA adjusted its methodology. The company went from marginal in four BASICs to only two, cargo-related and driver fitness, where the changes were limited. But in unsafe driving and controlled substances, says Lacy, where FMCSA changes were significant, Prime fared better. “They’re getting it where it’s more fair,” he says.

While small carriers may experience more intervention after the changes, they’re still least likely to be targeted for interventions, according to RAIR analysis. Joe Rajkovacz of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association explains that for a one-truck operator with his own authority to even receive a score in the BASICs, he would need to have had three to five inspections in the previous two years, which is usually “just not happening.”

Unlike leased owner-operator/company driver PSP reports, accessing CSA 2010 data for independents and small fleets requires no investment but time. Previews of scores in the CSA 2010 BASICs have been available since Aug. 16, though only to those independents and fleets. “And if you’re a one-truck individual, you don’t need to be paying anyone to do it for you,” says Rajkovacz. These scores, excepting the crash indicator, are scheduled to become public for independents in November.