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The Brilliant Carrier Review Method analyzes key areas of carrier fitness and creates an objective rating on a scale of 0 to 500. This rating is represented by Brilliant Flames, each flames visually representing 100 points. The scoring is based entirely upon information provided publicly by the FMCSA and Brilliant’s experience in terms of analyzing risk. The same algorithms are applied to each reviewed carrier. No special favoritism is ever granted and carriers cannot pay or influence a better score. It is what it is.

Please understand that each carrier’s situation is unique. There may be good reasons that the rating given is not what one might expect. Brilliant provides the information upon which the rating is given on the same screen. This data is gathered the moment you ask for it, not stored on our servers. This means it takes a few seconds to pull it all together, but the data is absolutely up to the minute fresh.

It is our recommendation that you use this review as a starting point, only. Get to know the carrier, make sure the person you’re talking to really is the person being reviewed (phone numbers and contact information the carrier gives you should match what the FMCSA provides).

The Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers motor carrier information on three websites accessible to the public. These websites have statistics on the authority, insurance, and safety on each licensed motor carrier.

The FMCSA Licensing and Insurance website has the authority type of the motor carrier and the date of when their authority was granted. There are three authority types granted: common, contract, and broker. A common and contract motor carrier will have trucks that they operate. A company with only a broker authority is non-asset based and they cannot legally operate with commercial motor vehicles. However, a company with the combination of the broker authority and the common or contract authority can operate their own equipment or broker a shipment to another carrier since they hold the broker authority. There are times when a motor carrier’s authority can be revoked, either voluntarily or involuntarily, that information will also be stated on this website. The carrier’s insurance company and the minimum insurance required are also listed. A motor carrier must maintain active insurance while operating. The minimum liability insurance is $750,000 and the minimum cargo insurance is $10,000. A broker authority requires a minimum $10,000 bond (this is scheduled to increase, shortly).

The FMCSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) website combines current and historical safety performance information to measure the relative safety fitness of commercial motor carriers. This SMS website provides an evaluation of motor carriers. The data is used to rank an entity’s relative performance in any of six Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) as well as crash involvement (Crash Indicator). The information on this site includes Federal and State data on crashes, roadside inspections, on-site compliance review results and enforcement history. This automated system calculates the on-road safety performance of a motor carrier so the FMCSA can identify unsafe carriers, prioritize them for intervention, and monitor the carrier’s safety and compliance improvement. The percentile is calculated on a 0–100 scale for each carrier that receives a non-zero measure, with 100 indicating the worst performance. The percentile ranking allows the safety behavior of a carrier to be compared with the safety behavior of carriers with similar operations and number of safety events. Carriers with percentiles above a certain set threshold and meeting minimum data sufficiency requirements in a BASIC or Crash Indicator will be identified for potential CSA interventions. The Unsafe Driving BASIC evaluates the operation of Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner. The Hours of Service Compliance BASIC assesses the operation of CMV’s by drivers who are ill, fatigued, or in non-compliance with the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. The Driver Fitness BASIC monitors the operation of CMV’s by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications. The Controlled Substance and Alcohol BASIC screens the operation of CMV’s by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. The Vehicle Maintenance BASIC is failure to properly maintain a CMV and/or to properly prevent shifting loads. The Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance BASIC is unsafe handling of hazardous materials on a CMV. When there is a violation in any of these areas then the result will be listed in the area the violation occurred. The violation will become more severe and rated higher depending on the weight being moved by the motor carrier. Greater weight is attributed to crashes involving injuries, fatalities, and/or crashes involving the release of Hazardous Material than to crashes only resulting in a vehicle being towed away at the scene of the crash. Safety events are also assigned a time weight. The time weight of an event decreases with time. Any of the violations can also result in Out of Service (OOS), which means the motor carrier will be put out of service for a number of hours due to the severity of the violation.  If there is an investigation within the last 12 months in any of these areas then on the Safety Measurement System this would be known as a Serious Violation and the investigation results would be listed. The Crash Indicator isn’t calculated, but there is data available to view. Any crashes, fatalities, and injuries that pertain to the motor carrier within the last 24 months will be listed. A company that only holds a broker authority will not have safety ratings since they are non-asset based.

Another website the FMCSA provides is the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system. There is a snapshot motor carrier’s company profile as maintained by the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Information such as number of power units, types of commodities they haul, safety record including an out of service inspection and crash information summary, and the safety rating, if any. The safety rating is a measure of the carrier’s compliance with the FMCSA after an audit of required records and a review of different categories of drivers, vehicles, and trips. A Satisfactory rating means there was no evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements. A Conditional safety rating means the carrier was out of compliance with one or more safety requirements. An Unsatisfactory rating means there was evidence of substantial non-compliance with safety requirements. When the motor carrier has not had a safety review then the safety rating will state ‘None’.

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