Trucking Violations FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Trucking Violations

For more information about commercial trucking violations, contact Danny Kallabat, P.C. to schedule a consultation.

What Is The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration?

Trucking tickets can be written under state and federal law. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established by the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Its primary mission is to prevent motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Activities of FMCSA contribute to ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations.

How Does CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) Scoring Work?

Some violations don’t carry points on your driving record but do carry CSA (compliance, safety, accountability) points. Please visit the website dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov for additional information on contesting CSA points. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established the DataQ system in February 2004 and is used to fix incorrect or duplicated information in a federal database. This is the system that generates your safety measurement system scores for public viewings, as well as the database for a driver’s “Pre-Employment Screening Program” and a motor carriers audit results.

What Is The “DATAQ” Used For?

THE MOST COMMON USE FOR THE DATAQ IS TO REQUEST REMOVAL OR CORRECTION OF VIOLATIONS INCURRED DURING ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS. For any trucking violations with CSA scores, if I reduce or amend these violations to a violation without a SCA score, proof of this reduction will eliminate the CSA scores. You may visit CSA.FMCSA.dot.gov for a list of offenses and their corresponding CSA points.

If you receive a ticket and a separate roadside inspection report containing CSA violations, call me to discuss your situation. I will provide a free detailed consultation about your trucking violation. CSA points increase insurance rates and make it more difficult to find employment.

When Is “Frost Law Season” In Effect?

Truckers make sure to load your trucks property to avoid overweight violations during frost law season. Frost laws, otherwise known as seasonal weight restrictions on traffic weight limits and speeds on roads subject to thaw weakening, is one method that the state and local jurisdictions have at their disposal to protect local roads during the annual spring cycle of freezing and thawing.

Generally, these conditions most often occur during March, April and May. This is the time in Michigan when frost is still in the ground. By law, when conditions merit, The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and county road commission can enact weight restrictions on any roads not designated as all-season routes. Section 257.722 of the Michigan Vehicle Code, Act 300 of 1949, provides details of the seasonable restrictions.

Protect Your Record: Call Danny Kallabat, P.C.

CSA scoring not only affects truck drivers. It also affects their employer’s company record. I will work with you or your safety compliance department to provide the necessary documentation to eliminate CSA points. Call 248-357-3000 or text my cellphone after hours at 248-227-9101. You may also email my office through my website.

I am highly experienced in defending trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada against trucking tickets across Michigan. If you are a truck driver or a trucking company facing any local, state or federal trucking violation, I will help you understand your rights and aggressively fight to minimize or eliminate your points, fines and penalties.