FMCSA Removes Property Carrier CSA Data from Public Display

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Last Friday, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the federal highway, bridge and transit programs for five years at a cost of $305 billion. The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 359-65 and in the Senate by a vote of 83-16.
The legislation, known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, does not raise gasoline or diesel fuel taxes or other federal excise taxes.  But it does include some $70 billion in new revenues generated by reducing dividends and interest paid by the Federal Reserve, selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and increasing fees for customs processing.  Although these measures allowed Congress to agree on funding for a five-year bill, they do not establish a longer-term funding mechanism for surface transportation infrastructure.
So how does this impact you as a motor carrier?

Availability and Use of FMCSA Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) Data

As part of the FAST act (effective immediately), the FMCSA may not make available to the general public any information regarding analysis of violations, crashes in which a determination is made that the motor carrier or the CMV driver is not at fault, alerts, or the relative percentile for each BASIC developed under the CSA program, until the DOT Inspector General certifies that the CSA reform report is submitted to Congress, the FMCSA’s corrective action plan is published and implemented, and all CSA issues have been resolved. 
As a result of this provision, the FMCSA has announced that as of December 4, 2015, much of the information previously available on the agency’s website related to property carriers’ compliance and safety performance will no longer be displayed publicly.  While the agency is not prohibited from displaying all of the data, no information will be available for property carriers while changes are made.  This also applies to information provided through the QC Mobile phone app.  All information on passenger carriers remains available, and enforcement users and motor carriers can view safety data by using their login information. 
Moreover, safety fitness determinations of motor carriers may not be based on CSA data until the DOT Inspector General makes the above certification.  This means that the FMCSA’s safety fitness rulemaking will be further delayed by this reform process.
The Act also directs the FMCSA to have its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee review and make recommendations on the treatment of preventable crashes under the SMS, including a process for carriers and drivers to make a determination on crash preventability.
For years we have been using the FMCSA CSA program as a way to gain beneficial insight to a potential or existing customer on their operations and as an analysis tool of how we are performing providing maintenance services to our customers. 
Motor carriers by using their assigned US DOT pin number can access their CSA SMS data
With all of that said the bottom line is that you as a motor carrier can still access your CSA SMS data, however, you will not be able to see any other motor carriers CSA SMS information.  If you are a shipper as well you will not be able to access the CMS SMS data of outside carriers you are using.  Consequently, your insurance carrier, attorneys, customers, etc. will not be able to access your data.
You will want to still monitor your CSA SMS data monthly for accuracy and challenge any incorrect data on DataQ’s.

If you do not know your US DOT pin number see the options below for obtaining your US DOT pin number. 

Request a PIN Number:

  • The USDOT Number PIN received at registration may be requested from FMCSA if it is lost or forgotten

PINs can now be requested online and delivered in one of two ways:

You can also request a USDOT PIN by going to and then clicking on the “Click here to request a USDOT Number PIN be emailed” prompt or "Click here to request a USDOT Number PIN be mailed to the address on file." 

Article provided by Idealease in the Idealease Safety Bulletin