Steve Bryan, Author at SambaSafety

Item Response Theory is Superior to CSA in Crash Correlation

For almost a year, SambaSafety has been sharing its IRT Model with the industry and reporting that we think IRT greatly improves many of the defects of CSA. Now we have completed our analysis on whether it measures up to the FMCSA’s 2012 Effectiveness Test. Details follow, but spoiler alert, IRT is superior to CSA in identifying high crash rate motor carriers. Read on for the details on how SambaSafety reincarnated the 2012 Effectiveness Test to a 2018 Effectiveness Test, that now includes a look at IRT.

In 2004, FMCSA began work on a new data-driven program that they believed would give them a more modern, statistical based program to prioritize motor carriers for interventions and compliance reviews. The Agency, very rightfully, was seeking to enter the Big Data age, and utilize data analytics to prioritize the more than 500,000 motor carriers they were tasked with overseeing toward their stated mission of:

FMCSA MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

In December of 2010, the FMCSA released their new safety scoring model, then called CSA 2010, referring to Compliance, Safety, and Accountability and its release date. FMCSA promised that this new data-driven model would predict which motor carriers were more likely to have future crashes and give the Agency the tools they required to prioritize motor carriers for review.

In 2012, an Effectiveness Test was conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to determine the strength of CSA’s Correlation to high crash rate motor carriers. This peer-reviewed report was based on data through June 2012, released in January 2014, and found that CSA was an effective tool for identifying carriers with higher-than-the-national-average crash rates under two different models.

The 2012 Effectiveness Test looked back two years at violation data, then forward 18 months at crashes to determine correlation. Then the test produced two different models: 1) The Number of BASICs in Alert Status; and 2) BASIC in Alert Status.

Crash Rates by Number of BASICs in Alert

Crash Rates by What BASIC is in Alert

Each model shows the strength of crash correlation as displayed by the height of the bar, and its comparison to the national average crash rate. The Number of BASICs in Alert Model shows clearly that any number of BASIC Alerts identifies higher-than-average crash rate carriers, and the correlation gets stronger the more Alerts a carrier has. The BASIC in Alert Model shows every BASIC, except Driver Fitness has a correlation that also identifies higher-than-average crash rate motor carriers.

Since 2014, this Effectiveness Study has been an important tool for FMCSA when identifying motor carriers for interventions and compliance reviews and it is still published on the FMCSA’s SMS website today.

The CSA Program, specifically its computational methodology, came under scrutiny and criticism by the Industry for several reasons. CSA Reform began in earnest in December 2015. The reforms mandated by Congress in the FAST Act of 2015 led to a report released in June 2017 by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) titled Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement.

The NAS report suggested a more robust, scientific statistical model be implemented in CSA to improve its ability to identify risky carriers and avoid crashes. Item Response Theory (IRT) was proposed to offer a better foundation to the CSA Program. In August 2018, FMCSA, in a report to Congress, stated that they intended to move ahead with testing of IRT.

SambaSafety, and Vigillo, which SambaSafety acquired in 2017, have been deeply involved in the reform efforts underway on the CSA Program. SambaSafety released a functioning IRT Model in November 2018 and has been running this methodology on the entire U.S. Trucking Industry since then. We have applied IRT Scores retroactively and have just completed our own Effectiveness Test, updated for 2018 data and applying the IRT Methodology. The fundamental question we posed to ourselves is simply:

Does IRT correlate more strongly to high crash rate motor carriers than legacy CSA?

The answer is, yes, it does, on both models described above.

We applied the same methodology to SMS data but updated the time period to more current activity. It would not be useful to produce current IRT Scores and compare that to the 2012 Effectiveness Test, so we started by bringing the Effectiveness Test current to 2018 data.

The 2018 updated Effectiveness Test results, still looking at existing CSA methodology, present some interesting findings before we look at IRT.

Updated Number of BASICs in Alert Model

A few interesting points in the updated Count of Alerts Test. First, the average national crash rate has increased from 3.43 Crashes per 100 Power Units, to 4.426 Crashes per 100 PU. We know crashes have been increasing – disappointing but true – and this data confirms that rising crash count. Second, Alert Count continues to show a strong correlation. And a final interesting note: Carriers with five BASIC Alerts show lower correlation than those with three to four. This could be read as evidence that the CSA system, with all its flaws, may be working. Very high scrutiny is placed by not only FMCSA, but shippers, brokers and lawyers on 5+ Alert Carriers,even the FMCSA’s “High Risk Motor Carrier” Methodology focuses in this area. Any carrier with five or more Alerts would, out of necessity, be hyper-focused on bringing their CSA Scores down. The result of that focus could well be reflected in dropping crash rates in that category.

Updated BASIC in Alert Model

The second model, BASIC in Alert, also holds some interest. Driver Fitness remains the least useful in identifying crash rates, but all others are stronger than the national average. This view of six year recent data has Controlled Substance and Hazmat swap positions, as do Crash and Unsafe Driving. I don’t read too much into this as they were very close to the same in the original Effectiveness Test, so switching positions is probably not too exciting. Interestingly, we see continuing strong correlations in every BASIC similar to 6 years ago.

With the Test updated to current data, we then applied the same two models to IRT Scores.

It is important to start with a decision we had to make, one that FMCSA has not publicly made known as of this writing: Where will IRT thresholds be set to determine Alert status? 

We took a conservative approach (fewer carriers in Alert) and set the Alert Thresholds at an IRT Score of 130. That represents the second standard deviation from the mean and identifies more than 20,000 motor carriers that would be in Alert Status in the BASICs and/or the Safety Culture Score.

 

IRT Alert Threshold set at 130 (lacking FMCSA guidance)

With our new CSA/IRT Alert Thresholds set, we performed exactly the same Effectiveness Test, this time comparing IRT based scores to the now-updated Effectiveness test for CSA. 

Count of BASICs in Alert w/IRT

Once a carrier has more than one BASIC in Alert, IRT is a significantly stronger indicator of risk. It is more correlated to the high crash rate carriers with two Alerts, and significantly stronger for carriers with 3-4 or 5+ Alerts. In most cases, IRT finds carriers with higher-than-national-average crash rates. 

BASICs in Alert w/IRT

When we look at Model 2, BASICs in Alert, IRT performs even better. In four of the seven BASICs, IRT has significantly stronger correlation to high crash rate carriers. Driver Fitness, a low performer in every other model, now far surpasses CSA and surpasses the national average. Vehicle Maintenance, HOS, and Unsafe show IRT surging ahead of CSA in its strength of correlation and the much higher crash rates it is finding in each of those four BASICs. This is really good news; these are also the four BASICs that capture the driver behavior and indicators of safety culture that make IRT work.

So why does IRT not appear to perform as well in Crash, Controlled Substance, and Hazmat? Let’s talk about the Crash BASIC. Crashes are the outcome we want to avoid. There are some of us who have never seen the logic of saying crashes predict crashes. Of course they do. CSA only scores you in Crash if you have a crash (actually two). If you tried that in Excel, you’d get a “circular reference” error. CSA is supposed to be looking at behavior that can be remedied to avoid crashes. A crash is not a behavior. So, in all of this, I discount the validity of the Crash BASIC as a Crash Correlation. 

The Hazmat BASIC is explained by the FMCSA’s Effectiveness Test as follows:

“The HM Compliance BASIC does not show a strong association with future crash rate; however, it is not intended to identify such an association as the regulations used in this BASIC focus on the reduction of crash severity/consequences, not crash frequency.”

In other words, the HM BASIC is not designed to correlate to Crash Rates, and IRT agrees. It’s a low correlation, because it’s a low correlation.

The Controlled Substance BASIC suffers from a similar defect in terms of Crash Correlation. The same Effectiveness Study states: “The vast majority of Controlled Substances/Alcohol regulations are related to the administration of testing at the carrier level and are not observable or confirmed at the roadside.”  The thing that largely puts Carriers in Alert Status in the Controlled Substance BASIC are not observed in roadside inspection data, and are not computed into CSA or IRT Scores. It is unlikely that “testing administration” will ever produce strong correlations to high carrier crash rates.

We are very encouraged by what we’re seeing in this Effectiveness Test on the two BASIC models. But remember, IRT also produces the Safety Culture Score; the proposed new single score that evaluates the safety culture at a motor carrier. Wouldn’t it be cool if that Safety Culture Score showed strong Crash Correlation?

Turns out it does, and it does it quite well.

When we look at the Carriers in Alert Status in the Safety Culture Score under IRT (Score of 130+), we start seeing crash correlation strength that is very strong. The average crash rate of Carriers who are at Alert status in the Safety Culture Score is 10.221 crashes per 100 power units. That is 231% of the industry average, and identifies 3,166 motor carriers who should be receiving the attention of FMCSA. It is also important to understand that many of those carriers were not scored under CSA at all. 

Our conclusion is that IRT is definitely a more scientific and accurate tool for identifying high risk carriers when measured by crash rates.  We encourage FMCSA to continue their work on IRT in a transparent and collaborative manner so we, and other organizations with interest and expertise in this very complex model, can continue to provide meaningful feedback in our mutual mission to save lives.

Considerations for FMCSA Crash Preventability Program

Considerations for FMCSA Crash Preventability Program

On Wednesday, July 31, 2019 the FMCSA Administrator gave notice¸ that the Pilot Crash Preventability Program begun in July 2017 will be made permanent with modifications. Here is what is being modified:

  1. Process will be streamlined
  2. Non-Preventable Crashes Removed from SMS (CSA Scores)
  3. The eight Categories of acceptable crash submissions will be extended to 15 Categories
  4. A 60-day comment period will be opened upon publication of this proposal in the Federal Register

I encourage all stakeholders to read the 19 page proposal and share your thoughts through the public comment process. Motor carriers, insurers, lawyers, trade associations, and others should all take time to understand this program and its proposed changes and speak up. This is important, folks.

To get you thinking, I will try and summarize the Notice. But please, be thorough, do your homework, read the proposal and form your own opinions before the comment period ends.

What follows is my reading, and my own analysis.

Introduction

FMCSA reports that between Aug. 1, 2017 and May 31, 2019 (22 months), they received 12,249 submissions through the DataQ’s system, which they call Request For Data Review (RDR’s). Of those requests, 5,619 met the criteria of at least one of the eight acceptable categories. That’s 45.9% of RDR’s that were actually scrutinized, rejecting 54.1% that were not reviewed because they did not fall into one of the pre-defined categories. FMCSA does nothing to summarize the rejected RDR’s. That would have been interesting to know what was there.

I have always believed that the pilot program should have been open to all crashes with the burden on the motor carrier to submit compelling evidence of non-preventability. It would have been a better pilot if we had used all crashes to organize categories, rather than pre-selecting based on opinions. So, we should be clear, a MINORITY of submitted RDR’s were reviewed. (NOTE: FMCSA states that 56% met the criteria. This looks like a small math error as 5619/12,249 does not equal 56%.)

Of the RDR’s reviewed, 69.9% were in the category: Commercial Motor vehicle (CMV) was struck from the rear. A distant second place, at 7.9% was: CMV struck while legally parked. You can see the breakdown of all categories on page 6/7 of the Notice.

Streamlining the Process

During the pilot period, all qualified RDR’s were held for 30 days following determination so that any interested party could submit information in opposition to the determination. FMCSA reports that not a single public comment was submitted during the pilot period. They have, therefore, proposed to streamline the permanent program by removing this public comment component.

SMS will reflect Determinations

The Notice states that the Safety Measurement System (SMS) website will be updated when non-preventable crashes are determined. To translate, this means official CSA Scores will now reflect the removal of non-preventable crashes for both Motor Carrier and Driver.

Eight plus eight become 15

The category shifts are the meat of the Notice. There are some interesting proposals in here. Some are positive, some less so, some need further clarity, and some are just downright mysteries. I still wonder why we need to pre-categorize at all.

On page five of the Notice, FMCSA lists the eight acceptable categories from the pilot program. My table below aligns pilot to permanent for ease of comparison. The order does not represent any priority or number of RDR’s in that category. There is nothing alphabetical about the categories and they don’t seem to have astrological significance.

Modifications to Pilot Categories

Thoughts, Concerns, and Questions

  • They determined a partial crossover “going wrong direction” is acceptable, but nothing bad ever happens on partial crossovers, right?
  • “No rear sideswipes” (see New category 8/9) technically makes sense as one cannot rear end and sideswipe at the same time.
  • Why is there a new category for “stopped in traffic”?
  • Suicide intent? How does a MC document suicidal intent?
  • Animal swerves no longer qualify. Still, why is Disabling dropped?
  • Infrastructure/Cargo drops reference to falling trees/rocks. Is this all considered debris?

Then there are the new categories to consider:

More Thoughts, Concerns and Questions

  • 5:00 – 7:00? This seems like artificial precision that rarely exists or is determinable at the scene.#8 and #9 taken together:
    • #8 CMV at 1MPH in traffic can only submit if side impact is between 5:00 and 7:00.
    • #9 The instant the CMV reaches 0MPH, all side impacts count.
  • If OV is making a Legal U-turn and CMV operates illegally – say runs a light – why would OV making a legal U-turn automatically qualify?
  • Medical issue: Submitter not only has the burden of knowing the intent of a suicidal person but must also be able to determine the health issues of OV Driver. As soon as we’re done talking to PETA, we better get the HIPPA folks on the line, we’re going to need to see those medical records.
  • The Driver admits to fatigue or distraction is a presumptuous expectation. “Yes officer, I’ve been on the phone and texting the last hour and it made me sleepy. I’m so sorry,” said no one…ever.
  • Under the influence? Presumably this is an intoxicated person – perhaps in a vehicle, perhaps just stumbling down the road – but manages to cause the crash or steps into traffic? OV and CMV crash; all kinds of chaos ensue; law enforcement is summoned; drivers exchange information, give assistance, and perhaps things get heated. When the cops arrive, what are the chances that intoxicated person is still around?
  • OV wrong direction: So, OV2 is traveling in front of CMV. OV1 crosses head-on into the wrong lane, but not completely. OV2 reacts and swerves to save his young family causing CMV to run off the road. Not qualified because OV1 did not completely enter the wrong way lane. Sir, you should not have swerved!

My overall feedback comes down to three areas of concern:

Why do we need to pre-define categories?

We don’t need pre-invented categories or to show the data on all the rejected crashes and explain why they could not be reviewed, and why the data supports these category definitions. Use the trained reviewers burdened with the submitting motor carrier to show enough evidence using the PAR’s and other data, technology, video, telematics, AV Tech, witnesses, etc. There are as many fact patterns to crashes as there are crashes. Let’s determine which are preventable and which are not.

Assume we go forward with Categories.

A significant amount of clarity is needed in many of these categories. For instance:

  • Are falling trees and rocks still qualified? They’re no longer specifically called out. Can we assume all details of pilot categories carry forward unless specifically removed?
  • 5:00 to 7:00 sideswipes, but only if moving. How did they support this?
  • Proof of suicidal intent? Almost impossible to see how the motor carrier gets this information.
  • Medical issue caused crash? No way Motor Carrier gets access to the health and medical records of other drivers. Better go run this one by HHS and get HIPPA exemptions.
Category conflicts abound

I’ll make one up as a hypothetical to illustrate potential conflict.
OV Driver under the influence partially crosses the center line, which causes a deer to be spooked and leap onto the roadway. This scares OV2 driver who has a medical issue and faints, resulting in OV crash into a bridge abutment causing a big chunk of concrete to fall off into the path of a CMV. The CMV swerves and successfully avoids the concrete chunk by partially crossing the center line…but ends up striking the very same deer whose lifeless body flies into a tree, that which then falls onto the roadway and into the path of a second CMV, who ultimately has the recordable crash.
So, again, why do we need to pre-define categories?

I encourage all interested parties to do their due diligence and read the Notice. Then, make your opinions heard in the now active 60-day window. You can get started giving them your thoughts here.

How To Optimize and Enforce Your Safety Policy

How To Optimize and Enforce Your Safety Policy

Every single day, there are more than 16,000 car accidents in the United States alone. In half of them, someone suffers an injury. As an employer, you may not be able to completely mitigate the risk of car accidents among your employees and fleet drivers, but you can take precautions to make sure that your drivers are as safe as possible.

One such precaution is the creation and enforcement of a safety policy for everyone who drives a vehicle on the clock for your company. You don’t need to have a fleet of commercial drivers for these safety tips to apply to you. Any company whose employees or contractors operate any vehicle, including personally-owned vehicles, for work is liable for their actions and behaviors.

Here are some important tips to help employers build and enforce a good safety policy.

Communicate

Regardless of which rules you put in place, your safety policy will rely on transparency and communication if it’s going to have an impact. Just as safety is paramount in every piece of a factory’s operations, your company’s commitment to safety and the terms of your driving rules need to be in the front of your employees’ minds every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Small reminders can also help employees keep safety top of mind . A safety slogan in an email signature, mentions of driver safety in meetings, recognition of great drivers, and company-wide emails or newsletters with an emphasis on safety are all good ways to remind employees that safety is a priority.

Make A Fleet-Wide Policy

If you want your drivers to embrace a culture of safe driving, your policies need to be universal. A comprehensive driving policy should include a no-exceptions seat belt policy, continuous motor vehicle record (MVR) monitoring, a clear explanation of your MVR review policy for both new and ongoing drivers, the training that’s expected and available to your employees, the process by which infractions are reviewed, and whether the policy extends to personal vehicle use.

Furthermore, you need to ensure that the policy is written clearly and accessible to anyone and everyone that it covers, including new hires. You don’t want any room for confusion when it comes to the exact wording of a policy, how it will be enforced, or to whom it applies. Rules and the consequences for breaking them should be clear, simple, and consistent.

It’s also important that rules be consistently enforced. No one gets a pass on violating the safety policy — it doesn’t matter if you’re just driving around the corner, if you’re in a hurry, or if you’re the CEO — rules are rules. Inconsistent enforcement will lead to resentment and a lax attitude on safety.

Institute a Seat Belt Policy

Seatbelts are one of the simplest ways to foster a culture of driver safety, but nearly 30 million Americans still don’t buckle up on a regular basis. Make no exceptions to this rule. Whether it’s for short drives or long hauls, every person in a vehicle has to buckle up before it moves. Emphasize this policy in work vehicles and personal vehicles alike.

A seat belt policy isn’t the end-all, be-all of driver safety, but it serves as an excellent example of personal and corporate responsibility, as well as responsibility for the safety of others. Some companies even go so far as to put cameras on their premises so they can track what percentage of their employees arrive at work wearing a seatbelt. They then publish the results and incentivize compliance for everyone.

Emphasize Safety When Selecting Vehicles

Not every company owns their own vehicles, but if you do, you have the opportunity to choose vehicles that prioritize safety for drivers, passengers, and communities. Safe driving is a two-way street. It’s hypocritical to demand safe driving practices from your employees if you’re not offering them vehicles that can keep them safe and optimize their safe-driving practices.

If you do purchase your own company vehicles, be sure to emphasize their safety features to your employees and customers. Calling attention to the safety of your vehicles will remind your drivers that safety is a priority, encouraging a culture of conducting business as safely as possible.

Offer Recognition For Safety Accomplishments

Last year, a Cleveland bus driver made the news for driving 40 years — and 1.2 million miles — without a preventable accident. The standard set by the Cleveland RTA is that drivers have fewer than 14 preventable accidents per million miles, so his accomplishments were rightly celebrated.

You can do the same at your company, celebrating mileage and time milestones without an accident, moving violation, or unsafe behavior. Recognition can come in many forms — mentions in company newsletters, press releases to local news, commendations from executives, or even gifts — and drivers who see such recognition will know that safety is valued, emphasized, and rewarded.

Know The Value Of Continuous Driver Monitoring

Many companies only pull motor vehicle records for their drivers at the time of hire. For commercial drivers, they might pull records once a year. But a lot can happen in the other 364 days of the year between MVR checks.

If one of your drivers gets into an accident and injures someone, the other party’s lawyer will likely check their driving records. If it turns out that they had a DUI and an accident in the last few months, since the last time you checked their records, it will call into question why you were allowing this employee to drive for you in the first place.

That’s why continuous driver monitoring is so important. Rather than manually pulling (and paying for) a new MVR every month, SambaSafety monitors MVRs for changes. If a change is submitted to a monitored driver’s record, we pull a new one and let you know. If no change occurs, you don’t have to waste time and money checking a new MVR.

Make sure your drivers know that their MVRs are being continuously monitored. Not only will this policy create a culture of responsibility and accountability, but it will emphasize to them that your company will not tolerate unsafe driving practices.

It bears mentioning that an unenforced safety policy is almost worse than no safety policy at all. Not only creating a policy but also enforcing it uniformly without bias, automatically without human error, and in a timely manner is crucial.

You should also have practices in place to review new violations, assess their severity, and determine an appropriate consequence. Remember, enforcing safe driving habits isn’t just about avoiding a lawsuit — it’s about encouraging your employees to be positive members of your community and stewards of safety. A culture of safety is part of most other corporate functions, and driving should be no exception. Take the next step by reviewing Continuous Driver Monitoring: The Legal Landscape.

SambaSafety continues its focus on the FAST Act with a visit from Senator Cory Gardner to our Denver HQ

SambaSafety continues its focus on the FAST Act with a visit from Senator Cory Gardner to our Denver HQ

As part of our ATA-organized visit to select Congressional leaders involved in trucking safety regulation, key members of our Executive Leadership team met with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his team on April 11 in Washington, DC. Senator Gardner sits on Commerce Committee (oversees transportation) and the Transportation & Safety subcommittee. During the meeting both parties left wanting to continue the conversation and to build a deeper relationship.

 

On Friday July 12th, it was SambaSafety’s honor to host the Senator and continue our discussions on the critical issue of transportation safety. Senator Gardner met our talented Denver team and discussed our innovations leveraging data to help enhance the safety culture of our customers.

 

SambaSafety has been dedicated to the safety of drivers and communities for decades. To that end, we’ve been meeting with select congressional leaders who are directly involved in trucking safety regulation. Based on his background, Senator Gardner is uniquely positioned to make an impact on the regulations that will directly affect commercial truckers all over Colorado and nationwide.

 

Senator Gardner has also regarded transportation and infrastructure as high priorities throughout his tenure, emphasizing investment in infrastructure as crucial to supporting a growing economy. Colorado boasts one of the largest airports in the world, as well as major hubs for several national shipping companies, so Senator Gardner has always known the importance of shipping infrastructure for our state.

 

The Need for CSA Reform

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program to better align the compliance and reporting process with the safety risks that actually cause crashes. An independent review found that while the CSA program is doing its job, it has not been able to keep up with the volume of truckers that it needs to oversee.

 

As a result, 86 percent of carriers nationwide do not receive a safety score from the FMCSA under the current CSA scoring system.

 

Upcoming Changes to the CSA System

 

In a report from the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, it was noted that the current CSA system used inconsistent assessments, didn’t always account for fault in crashes, used measures that were independent to specific states, and was not predictive of a carrier’s future risk. 

 

As a result, the panel recommended a new, “more statistically principled approach” based on item response theory (IRT), which has been used in analyzing SAT tests, hospital rankings, and other large-scale statistical analysis.

 

In July of 2018, the FMCSA released a new plan for the CSA program, based on an IRT model. The details of the plan have not been released to the public, but SambaSafety’s own executive VP and GM of Transportation, Steve Bryan, has been sitting in on every meeting of the NAS panel as it develops its recommendations.

 

The main takeaway lesson has been that predicting future crashes is nearly impossible. “The existing CSA program is about predicting crash risk,” Bryan said. “None of us believe that ever worked. It does a terrible job. In some of the BASICs, some are not only not positively correlated, they’re negatively correlated, specifically the drug and alcohol BASIC — to where if you followed that logic, you should drink and smoke dope and get behind the wheel of a truck.”

 

Instead, the research indicates, carriers should focus on a culture of safe driving. Carriers will be analyzed based on patterns of unsafe behavior, rather than the much-maligned severity weight system that ranked carriers based on comparisons to their peers and recency of offenses.

 

It was an honor to host and continue the conversation with Senator Gardner. Not only was the conversation productive with regard to policy, but also a welcome opportunity to showcase our talent, our products, and our team.

Introducing Qorta

Introducing Qorta

SambaSafety’s Qorta provides access to critical driver information, turning data into action that makes roads and communities safer.

What Is Qorta™?

Qorta™ is a SaaS risk management and data analytics platform. The platform is designed to make driver safety simpler, more reliable, and accessible to any business whose employees drive for work on a regular basis.

More than just a database, Qorta™ injects intelligence and workflow into the data analysis process, allowing employees to act quickly, make informed decisions, and make their operations and communities safer.

What Can Qorta™ Do For You?

If you have employees or contractors driving for work, you need driver data monitoring. Any time one of your employees drives for work, even in their own car, your company can be held liable for their driving habits, violations, or accidents. The risks and costs of poor drivers on your payroll can be staggering.

Keep in mind that a “driver” doesn’t only mean commercial truck drivers. SambaSafety has solutions to help you monitor every type of driver population.

With Q License, a product on the Qorta platform, you’ll know the driving status of every employee in your company at all times, not just if you pull their driving records every year. All you have to do is tell Qorta™ who your drivers are and we’ll do the rest. Near real-time monitoring will automatically alert you if any of your drivers’ records reflect new negative driver activity, when it happens. Each driver is scored and placed in a risk category, allowing you to focus on your highest risk drivers, coach drivers who are trending in the wrong direction and reward your best drivers. Having access to proactive information will prove your company’s commitment to safety and allow you to protect what’s most important — your company, your drivers, and your community.

Qorta™ also offers a number of workflow tools to easily keep your driver roster current. Bulk driver list upload and custom driver groups allow you to track each driver without missing crucial information, while normalized reporting from state to state unifies reporting when different violations don’t use the same language. You’ll receive new activity alerts and email alerts if anything changes, and you can manage and update driver information at any time.

Q Transportation combines data from state MVR and federal CSA data to provide the industry’s only complete driver and carrier scorecard view that helps companies with regulated drivers act on the most current insights and changes to driver records. Qorta™ is convenient and easy to use, allowing hiring and talent management experts to make more intelligent decisions, act in a timely fashion, and create safer operations and communities.

Qorta™ Is Designed To Elevate Your Safety Culture

Qorta™ isn’t just about keeping your company secure from liability, it’s about encouraging a culture of safety and responsibility among your employees. Every time they take the wheel, their driving habits will reflect on your company culture and your standing in the community. You want to make sure that they’re conducting themselves as well on the road as they do in the office.

Qorta™ Monitoring Solutions

The Qorta™ monitoring platform includes a wide range of utilities to help you keep your drivers and your company out of the press and court.

Q License

Q License provides detailed insights into high-, medium-, and low-risk drivers — including the ability to monitor status and violations, score each driver by risk level, purchase additional records on demand, sync MVRs, and obtain electronic releases — all in one easy-to-use platform.

Q Transportation

Q Transportation pulls CSA (compliance, safety, and accountability) data into a robust scorecard view, offering you actionable information so that you can make well-informed safety decisions. Q Transportation generates carrier scorecards, driver scorecards, IRT scorecards, and tracks daily inspections and violations for regulated drivers.

Run a Safer, More Efficient Company With Qorta

In the end, driver safety is about more than just minimizing company liability in the event of an accident. Your goal as a business owner should be to ensure that your employees and your community are kept safe by verifying that everyone who drives a vehicle on behalf of your company is properly vetted and monitored. Qorta gives you that peace of mind.