CSA, SMS, BASIC - What do all these acronyms mean?
CSA stands for "Compliance - Safety - Accountability."
It's a regulatory initiative by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that is designed to reduce the occurrence of highway crashes involving large commercial vehicles.
(For more information visit SMS Online
or CSA website
SMS is the Safety Measurement System, the CSA program's tool for tracking and measuring the performance of drivers, carriers, and commercial motor vehicle traffic as a whole.
SMS combines data from roadside inspections, safety violations, State-reported crashes, and the Federal motor carrier census to flag safety-related concerns with a particular carrier or driver, and identify the specific safety problem that needs to be addressed.
SMS data is broken down into seven separate Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The individual categories are:
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Cargo & Loading
- Crash Indication