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.
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.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.