FMCSA removes CSA scores in wake of highway bill signing

| December 04, 2015

golden triangleThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration responded quickly upon enaction of the FAST Act of 2015, the five-year highway bill passed in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama Friday afternoon, Dec. 4.

As required by the law, the agency pulled the Compliance Safety Accountability Safety Measurement System and its BASIC categories of carrier safety analysis and evaluation from public view just hours after the President’s signing.

In a statement late in the day, the agency noted that “as of December 4, 2015, pursuant to the FAST Act of 2015, much of the information previously available on [FMCSA] website related to property carriers’ compliance and safety performance will no longer be displayed publicly.”

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However, the agency also emphasized, as previously discussed in this Channel 19 blog post on Overdrive, that it is not “prohibited from displaying all of the data,” specifically inspection and violation data as well as the “absolute measures” that underpin the percentile rankings previously available in each BASIC category of measurement in the CSA SMS.

For now, however, “no information will be available for property carriers while appropriate changes are made.” This also applies to information provided to the public through the QCMobile app.

The agency’s statement continues:

Is the removal of CSA scores a victory for trucking? If you're reading on a smartphone, tap the image to call and leave us a message to weigh in. We'll round up responses in a special mailbag podcast. Alternately, drop a comment below. If you're on a desktop, call 530-408-6423. Make sure to tell us your name and state of residence.

Is the removal of CSA scores a victory for trucking? If you’re reading on a smartphone, tap the image to call and leave us a message to weigh in. We’ll round up responses in a special mailbag podcast. Alternately, drop a comment below. If you’re on a desktop, call 530-408-6423. Make sure to tell us your name and state of residence.

FMCSA is working to return the website and app to operation as quickly as possible. All information on passenger carriers remains available, and enforcement users and motor carriers can view safety data by using their login information.

Motor carriers with authority who do not have login credentials, including a Department of Transportation-issued PIN, can click here for more information on how to obtain your PIN.

Read more about the FAST Act and a raft of trucking provisions included therein in this link:

FAST Act highway bill: What trucking measures made it, what didn’t

In: Major CSA reform, expansion of driver drug testing, detention study and more. Out: Younger truckers and a measure that could have harmed small business ...

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