What is an “Absolute Measure” in the new CSA BASIC Status?

Mar 4, 2016 | Articles

By Dennis McGee – Dennis McGee and Associates


An explanation of the term “Absolute Measure” means in the new BASiC status;

The numbers circled in red are the percentiles which we were used to seeing.   These percentages will no longer be seen to the public

The number circled in Yellow are the absolute measure numbers.  These are the numbers the public will see.

The Yellow triangle indicated that the motor carrier was in an Alert Status in that BASIC.  The Yellow triangle will no longer be seen to the public.

The motor carrier will have access to this information by using their assigned “pin” and logging into their FMCSA data.

The absolute measures were always posted, but not much attention was paid to them by the public.  The absolute measure ONLY relates to each individual motor carrier, and not comparing the motor carrier with other motor carriers in their “group”.

Trucking company “A” may have an absolute measure of 1.09 and trucking company “B” may have the same absolute measure of 1.09.  Depending upon each of the motor carrier’s inspection history, the absolute measure of 1.09 may not mean the same for “A” & “B”.

Therefore, the absolute measure viewing by the public does not inform the public of the motor carrier’s Alert Status or percentages relating to other motor carriers in its group.  This meets the FAST Act mandate.

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