New CSA 2010 Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made some changes to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Methodology which include violations based on new cell phone use regulations.  They now provide more details on breakouts, some existing brake, wheel and coupling regulations.  In February the motor carriers may notice the following two changes:

1.  Addition of five texting and cell phone use violations in the Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).  The violations reflect FMCSA’s decision on 1/3/2012 to ban commercial drivers from using mobile telephones while driving, which includes a ban of texting.  Motor carriers should discuss the new violations with their drivers to ensure that they are aware of these new CSA 2010 requirements on cell phone usage.  Click here to learn more.