FMCSA adds 12 new roadside inspection violations to CSA math

Four BASICs affected by the changes

Posted August 10, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) revised its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology to include 12 new roadside inspection violations.

In Version 3.08 of the “Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology: Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) Prioritization Status,” the agency added the following:

BASIC Section Violation Description Severity Weight
Unsafe Driving 392.16B Operating a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle while all other occupants are not properly restrained. 7
Vehicle Maintenance 393.75B-OOS Tire-front tread depth less than 2/32 of inch on a major tread groove 8
  393.75C-OOS Tire-other tread depth less than 1/32 of inch measured in 2 adjacent major tread grooves 8
  393.75F-SPEED Operating a CMV at speeds exceeding the speed-restriction label of the tire. 8
  393.75G-LOAD Weight carried exceeds tire load limit 3
  393.75I1 Operating a CMV while weight carried exceeds tire rating due to under-inflation 3
Controlled Substances/Alcohol 392.4A-POS Driver on duty and in possession of a narcotic drug / amphetamine 10
  392.4A-UI Driver on duty and under the influence of, or using a narcotic drug / amphetamine, which renders the driver incapable of safe operation 10
  392.5A2-DETECT Driver having any measured alcohol concentration, or any detected presence of alcohol while on duty, or operating, or in physical control of a CMV 5
  392.5A2-POS Driver having possession of alcohol while on duty, or operating, or in physical control of a CMV 3
  392.5A2-UI Operating a CMV while under the influence of an intoxicating beverage regardless of its alcohol content 5
Hazardous Materials Compliance 180.3 Represent a package as meeting a specification that does not meet a specification 8

These new violations were applied retroactively in the SMS with the July 28, 2017 snapshot.

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