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.

About the Author


All 3G ELDs Do Not Comply with FMCSA Regs by 12/31/2022

Verizon is the last network to shut down their 3G network, the sunset date is December 31, 2022.  The other major networks shut down their 3G earlier this year. If you have an ELD system that relies on 3G to operate, it will no longer be compliant.  The carrier has 8...

Preparing your Drivers for Deposition

Doug Marcello, a shareholder with the law firm of Saxton & Stump and chief legal officer of Bluewire, is a trucking defense attorney with a CDL. He had represented trucking clients across the country, having been specially admitted for cases in 35 states. Doug...

10 laws that changed how trucking works

A look back at some of the top labor issues in the freight-hauling industry since deregulation in the 1980s—and even before—as well as the notable impacts of ongoing worker and driver challenges. FleetOwner Staff Although the federal government doesn’t regulate labor...