It is business-critical that drivers appreciate the importance of their score to the company. Equally important, however, is its significance to them. Here are three reasons:
Driver Score Awareness
- Drivers’ scores will be kept by the Driver Safety Management System (DSMS). While not available to the public, it is available to FMCS investigators, suggesting the potential use of their record.
- Drivers’ future employers see their CSA violations in the Pre-Employment Screening Program. Their future in the industry depends on keeping down their individual score.
- No freight means no jobs for drivers. Shippers and brokers may be reluctant to ship with carriers with bad scores.
Roadside inspections are a key opportunity for drivers and companies to reduce their points. Drivers must understand several important factors about roadside inspections:
- Points come from commercial vehicle roadside inspections. Not from their private car. Not from tickets while in their truck if there is no roadside inspection report. Only roadside inspection reports and crashes generate points.
- Clean roadside inspections lower scores. Scores are based on averages. Averages for several BASICS are calculated by dividing your points by the number of roadsides. More clean roadsides, the lower you average.
- Points for an event can vary depending on how it is written on the roadside inspection report. Speeding, without a speed on the report, is 5 points. However, speeding documented on the report as 1-5 m.p.h. over is only 1 point and 6-10 over is 4 points. How the event is written up can add points which are then multiplied by 3 for the first 6 months. In Pennsylvania, a ticket for “failure to obey a traffic control device”, a common “break” for speeders, puts no points on a MVR, but 5 points on a CSA score.