Is CSA Scoring Fair to the Trucking Industry?

Since 2010, the trucking industry has generally supported the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) programs, but it may be time to question the credibility of some of their data gathering methods. In a recent white paper from the ATA, Underreporting of Commercial Motor Vehicle Crashes, they state, “Recent research conducted by UMTRI (University of Michigan Transport Research Institute) confirms that commercial motor vehicle crash underreporting has plagued FMCSA’s ability to accurately measure motor carrier safety performance.”

In this ACE Westchester Environmental report, they explain: “CSA, by design, will target not only motor carriers that have safety and performance issues, but individual drivers as well. The violations, accidents, and roadside inspection results of an individual driver will obviously impact a motor carrier’s overall rating.”

The industry agrees that identifying, improving, and/or eliminating high risk carriers and drivers is a positive move. But if the process to find these “at risk” carriers is flawed, it may be counterproductive.

If you wish to comment, we’d like to know how CSA regulations have affected you and your organization.

• What changes have you seen due to CSA?
• What is working?
• What doesn’t work?
• What would you do differently with CSA regulations?

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