Introducing FMCSA data change alerts…and other changes on the horizon

We’re pleased to offer a new feature at ScoopMonkey: FMCSA data monitoring of your company. When safety and compliance records change at the federal level, you’ll get an email alerting you to the updates.

Trucks have been on the highways for more than half a century now, but it wasn’t until 2000 that Washington established the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) within the Department of Transportation. While some of its regulations may be burdensome to the industry (and the kinks are clearly still being worked out), the agency’s goal is a worthy one: prevent commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, fatalities and injuries.

An example of the FMCSA data change email alerts that all members now receive.

An example of the FMCSA data change email alerts that all members now receive.

The cornerstone of the FMCSA is its Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program, which watches carriers’ safety performance and monitors roadside inspections, crash investigations, and more. A component of the CSA is the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which uses data analysis to identify motor carriers that pose the greatest risk to safety – and tags carriers that require intervention. You can read about the methodology for scoring here, particularly if you are having trouble sleeping.

Yet 15 years in, it’s clear that there is plenty of work to be done and improvements to be made at the FMCSA and within its programs and scoring system.

Under provisions of the new DRIVE Act, overwhelmingly passed by the Senate on July 30, SMS scores would be removed from public view on the FMCSA website, and the FMCSA would have to commission a study to analyze the agency’s CSA program. Its disparate data and calculation issues have plagued the program since its start.

In addition, the FMCSA provisions also call for “positive points” to be added to carriers’ safety scores, such as a motor carrier’s investments in safety technologies and additional programs not mandated by law. FMCSA would also be required to remove accident data from the CSA score when a carrier is not at fault.

So there are changes on the horizon. And until things change, and even after they do, ScoopMonkey will watch and alert our valued members.