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January 15 2014

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) To Change Violation Challenge Process In PSP, CSA

"The way Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports driver violations to the mega database that feeds data to the Pre-Employment Screening Program and Comprehensive, Safety, Accountability enforcement program is changing. The FMCSA published a notice on Dec. 2nd that outlines the way violations will be reported to the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). That database supplies the roadside inspection and violation data to the PSP and the CSA program. The PSP program provides listings of all driver roadside inspection violations and crash reports to prospective employers. CSA scores and weights violations to determine motor carrier and driver compliance in various categories. The motor carrier rankings are public, but the driver ratings are used internally at FMCSA for enforcement only. With the announced changes, challenged violations that have a corresponding citation that is either dismissed or given a ""not guilty"" verdict will have the challenged violation removed. Citations that are dismissed by a court but have fines or court fees assessed will be reported as convictions to the system. "