Changes Coming to CSA Program to Address Adjudicated Citations

There are some additional detail on the Statement of Policy made by FMCSA last week as it relates to Adjudicated Citations and its impact on FMCSA’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program (CSA).  Please distribute to staff and members carriers as you see fit.

The changes, planned to go into effect for August 23, 2014 will be an enhancement to the existing DataQ’s system, whereby certified documentation can be submitted by carriers which will allow the states to reflect the results of adjudicated citations related to roadside inspection violation data collected in the nationwide Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS).

In a nutshell, MCMIS (the computer system all the US enforcement agencies use to keep track truck safety enforcement issues) is being modified to accept adjudication results showing that a citation was dismissed or resulted in a finding of not guilty; resulted in a conviction of a different or lesser charge; or, resulted in conviction of the original charge.

This is what it’ll mean for carriers, as outlined in the table below:

The abbreviations in the table — (SMS) is FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System or commonly referred to as CSA by carriers and (PSP) the Pre-employment Screening Program – program carriers may use in the pre-hire process to understand a drivers past history.  The new policy will apply to inspections occurring on or after August 23, 2014 – there is no retroactivity associated with this Statement of Policy.

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