Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced this week that carriers and drivers can now get an inspection violation removed from their CSA scores if a court has dismissed it.
Under the change that took effect this week, carriers and drivers can submit proof of dismissal or a not-guilty finding through the DataQs portal. The policy on recording results of adjudicated citations in FMCSA data systems only applies to citations issued during roadside inspections occurring on or after August 23, 2014.
The agency responded to industry complaints that traffic citations and inspection violations that are later dismissed in court remain in the system.
Drivers and carriers must submit copies of certified documentation of adjudicated citation results through a Request for Data Review (RDR) in FMCSA’s DataQs system to initiate the process. MCMIS has been 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 charge; or, resulted in conviction of the original charge. The adjudicated citation results will impact the use of roadside inspection violation data in other FMCSA data systems, including the Safety Measurement System.
These systems will be updated to remove violations that were dismissed or resulted in a finding of not guilty, and will reflect violations that resulted in a different charge.