A new announcement from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) should be helpful to carriers as it relates to CSA scores. In the near future, any citation given to a driver as a result of a DOT inspection that impacts both the driver and carrier Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score can be removed through a DataQs challenge if the citation is dismissed or reduced in the court of law. Currently, even if the citation was dismissed or reduced, it remained on the CSA score. The only way drivers and motor carriers could appeal violation data in the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) was to file a DataQ challenge, which was routed back to the citation-issuing authority at the state level. This created a judge, jury and executioner scenario. Now however, dismissed or “not guilty” citations will have the violation removed.
So should more carriers consider offering a driver-paid CDL legal protection plan for its drivers now that inspection violations will be removed from CSA scores for dismissed or reduced citations? It should be something to consider. Good drivers legal plans will frequently have high-success rates in getting citations dismissed or reduced and really good driver legal plans cover all attorney fees and will never deny a claim on covered violations.
Open Road Drivers Plan is a partner company of Multi Service Fuel Card and offers professional CDL protection that now can be more of a benefit to carriers. Open Road Drivers Plan has a 90% success rate in getting citations dismissed and covers all attorney fees for cases.
If you’re interested in learning how Open Road Drivers Plan can protect your drivers and your CSA score, please visit their website or call 1-800-848-3060.
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