DOT Compliance



In February 2008 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented a new system to better evaluate a carriers compliance and performance called CSA 2010 (Comprehensive Safety Analysis). It was designed to help improve it’s safety monitoring, evaluation, and intervention processes. This new program was being tested in select states until December of 2010 when the FMCSA rolled out the program nationwide, which is now known as CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability).

Over the last 24 months the FMCSA has been collecting carrier performance data from roadside inspections, safety based violations, and state reported crashes. This information is compiled onto a public database called the Safety Measurement System (SMS) which has replaced the old system SafeStat. The information is organized into seven categories called BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) and automatically quantifies the on-road safety performance of motor carriers so that the FMCSA can identify unsafe carriers, prioritize them for intervention (On-site Compliance Review) and monitor if a motor carrier’s compliance problem is improving or deteriorating. These seven BASICs are: Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving, Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances & Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo Related, and Crash Information.

FMCSA highly recommends that all motor carriers periodically review the SMS and, when necessary, initiate a data correction request through DataQ’s, an electronic data correcting system. The DataQ’s system is available online at

Do you know what your BASICs score is? Find out HERE! With your current DOT Number. This information is extremely confusing. Don’t go at this alone!

Admin 2000’s Compliance specialists will send you in the right direction!


  • Single Owner Operators and Multi Unit Carriers that;
  • Have a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • Has gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
  • Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
  • Is any size transporting hazardous materials requiring placards

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