The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the U.S. Department of Transportation with the objective to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities related to commercial motor vehicles.
BASICs stands for Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. These categories are used to quantify performance of carriers and drivers.
- Unsafe Driving
Operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in a careless or reckless manner such as speeding or improper lane change.
- Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance
Operation of CMVs while sick, fatigued, or exceeding Hours-Of-Service (HOS) regulations.
- Driver Fitness
Driving a CMV without a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) or unqualified due to medical issues.
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
Driving a CMV under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or possession of illegal drugs.
- Vehicle Maintenance
Failure to properly maintain or repair a CMV.
- Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance
Unsafe or improper handling of hazardous materials on a CMV.
- Crash Indicator
Based on information from state sources on crash history or patterns of crash involvement.
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