NEWS! The FMCSA has released updated CSA Methodology – both for carriers and for drivers. These new documents are labeled version 3.0.1 with a revision date of August 2013. The top of the revised Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) document is below:
The changes for both carriers and drivers are focused on the addition of two new violations…
The methodology includes notes about the changes to the previous version of the methodology. Below are the full change notes from the CSMS. NOTE: The changes notes from the Driver Safety Measurement System (DSMS) are essentially the same.
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CSMS Methodology Changes from Version 3.0 to 3.0.1 (Implemented August 2013)
FMCSA has added two new violations to the SMS. One of the violations is based on the
new Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations and the other is based on a more detailed
description of existing controlled substances and alcohol regulations. Both of these
violations were implemented on July 1, 2013 and therefore will count in the SMS as of
The table below includes descriptions of the new violations, the BASICs they relate to,
and how they are weighted in the SMS.
The new violation related to the HOS Compliance BASIC reflects FMCSA’s HOS
regulation that requires drivers to take a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours
of a shift. This new regulation and guidance can be found at
The new violation related to the Controlled/Substances Alcohol BASIC was added based
on industry and law enforcement feedback. The inclusion of this violation enables
roadside inspectors to distinguish between alcohol possession and alcohol use. The
distinction allows the SMS to assign a lower severity weight to alcohol possession.
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Download a PDF version of the new Carrier SMS Methodology HERE.
Download a PDF version of the new Driver SMS Methodology HERE.