CSA’s Safety Measurement System site getting redesign, new features in August

Published July, 23 2014
Within each CSA SMS category, FMCSA has added graphs illustrating the relationship between percentile rankings (primary BASIC "scores" of the current display) and the absolute BASIC measure showing carrier violation history over time.
Within each CSA SMS category, FMCSA has added graphs illustrating the relationship between percentile rankings (primary BASIC “scores” of the current display) and the absolute BASIC measure showing carrier violation history over time.

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s carrier rankings site — the Safety Measurement System — is getting a makeover in August, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized the redesign of the site first announced last November.

One of the key goals of the redesign is to better highlight elements of the SMS that actually correlate with crash risk, FMCSA says. The site should also be easier for motor carriers to understand how they can improve their scores and easier for third-parties or members of the public who work with trucking companies to interpret the scores, the agency says.

The SMS site will no longer include numerical rankings on the carrier summary page. The site will still display the alert symbol for BASICs in which the carrier is over the intervention threshold.
The SMS site will no longer include numerical rankings on the carrier summary page. The site will still display the alert symbol for BASICs in which the carrier is over the intervention threshold.

FMCSA says the changes also “clarify the SMS’s role as a prioritization tool” for carrier interventions, rather than a carrier scoring system.

The changes will take place Aug. 2, FMCSA says in its Federal Register notice, and include, among others:

*Moving carriers’ rankings in the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC) from the front summary page to within the carriers’ drilldown pages. Carrier summary pages will not only note whether a carrier’s ranking has put it over the intervention threshold.

*Reordering BASIC listings based on crash risk association, so that BASICS in which higher rankings actually correlate with higher crash risk are listed at the top.

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*Highlight carriers’ individual performance trends in each BASIC rather than percentile rankings, which measures carriers against one another.

*Making available carriers’ enforcement case history, which includes the date of closure, any violations and associated fines.

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