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CSA Safety Measurement System Website Updated, Includes Two New Violations

August 12, 2013

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced the CSA Safety Measurement System website has been updated with new snapshots of fleet performance.

The agency has added two violations to the Safety Measurement System, one based on the new hours-of-service regulations, while the other is based on a more detailed description of existing controlled substances and alcohol regulations. Both were implemented in the SMS as of July 1. If motor carriers have one or both of these violations, they will see them in the July snapshot of their SMS data which was released in early August.

The table below includes descriptions of the new violations, the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) they relate to, and how they are weighted in the SMS.

BASIC Violations Added to the SMS


Violation Code


Severity Weight

Violation Group

Driver-Related (Y/N)

HOS Compliance


Driving beyond 8-hour limit since the end of the last off-duty or sleeper period of at least 30 minutes


(Note: Does not apply to short haul drivers)




Controlled Substances/Alcohol


Driver in possession of intoxicating beverage while on duty or driving


  Alcohol Possession









FMCSA’s new HOS regulation requires drivers to take a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours of a shift. Based on a court decision, effective August 2, 2013, FMCSA will no longer enforce the 30-minute break provision for drivers that qualify for either of the short haul operations exceptions. This new regulation and guidance can be found at

The violation related to the Controlled/Substances Alcohol BASIC was added based on industry and law enforcement feedback and enables roadside inspectors to distinguish between alcohol possession and alcohol use, says FMCSA. SMS assigns a lower severity weight to alcohol possession. 


  1. 1. Lyle [ August 14, 2013 @ 08:47PM ]

    Funny hour driving more than 8 hours is more than twice the severity as diving and drinking.
    FMCSA - Pull your head out, clean off your nose and smell the f*****g roses! You bunch of morons!!!!!

  2. 2. gaspare mutolo [ August 17, 2013 @ 01:03PM ]

    I don't agree with 7 point violation for not taking 30 min break. I believe in safety but I think that is to harsh on driver. talk about safety why did they change split sleeper time. that was a good thing too bad they screwed up trucking with all this regulation on driver safety and nothing on pay or rates

  3. 3. JOHN LINDSAY [ August 19, 2013 @ 12:49PM ]

    I am in agreement with both Lyle and Gaspare. I would think that driving and drinking or having it in your possession would out weigh the 30 minute break violation. PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP THE POOR OL' TRUCKER. Some one in the federal government please wake up. Oh I forgot who what is running our country. A whole lot of libtards with no working experience of any type especially in the trucking industry. We need to save the nation and the trucking industry.

  4. 4. Jim Jordan [ August 22, 2013 @ 03:08PM ]

    My drivers tell me that the 30 minute break is more of a memory game than a safety device. Most have their driving habits adjusted to what works for them, and the disruption, where it occurs, is more of an irritant than anything else. A seven point multiplier is ludicrous, however. Three points for alcohol possession probably is appropriate. Drivers who 'just want a couple of beers' after their day is over worry me.

  5. 5. Carl Sarvey [ November 13, 2014 @ 11:30AM ]

    Lol if you read it's state after the beginning of your 1st 8 hour shift. Can't found anythung if I drivery 3 hrs take a 30 min break and work the next 10 1/2 hrs on taken a 2nd break


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