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Could Einstein fix CSA?

By Kevin Jones on

Einstein vs CSA

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Let’s consider what the genius who imagined the math behind the workings of the universe might think about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

 

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones is Senior Editor, Trucking Media, and writes from his home in Little Rock, Ark. His Fleet Street blog features whatever strikes his fancy and has at least a little connection to trucks, or drivers, or highways. Or David Allan Coe. (Google "the perfect country and western song" if you're not nearly as old as Kevin is.) You can also keep up with Kevin by following his Twitter feed (@KevinJonesCCJ) or just drop him a line: kevin.jones@randallreilly.com.

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safetygirl
safetygirl

This was one of the better articles I have seen here.  The implementation of  CSA is very much like that of Obamacare.  A good idea at first glance that makes politicians feel good about their days work, but on any closer inspection the numbers don't add up to an accurate measurement system any way you try to put them together.  All the tweaking in the world is not going to fix the problem caused by inconsistent enforcement;  just as telling folks they have to buy insurance for their family does not make them able to do so.  Keep tweaking parts and moving deadlines, you will never get a silk purse out of the deal.  


We are a local/regional delivery company which sees a drastic difference in treatment of drivers and equipment by different officers and at different scales.  Some are ignorant (the training scale where an inspector put a unit out of service for bad brakes which could not be repaired by  the local Roadside Service Mechanic since there was nothing wrong with the brakes), some are vindictive (the port of entry that informed our dispatch in no uncertain terms that they would pull over every truck that came across with our company logo because of one reversed data Q...  and they did, two months of daily VIR's).  


 There are many scales we cross daily where integrity and cooperation reign supreme. Inspection and compliance is a joint effort between us and law enforcement for the purpose of safety. In most cases Inspectors are big enough to do their job in spite of the trouble new CSA  implementation is causing them.  The problem is that three bad out of thirty competent inspection areas can destroy a medium sized company's safety rating and cause a sharp decline in profitability.


And there is no one for commercial trucking to appeal to




rutabaga56
rutabaga56

First and foremost I think every person on the FMCSA board should have to spend an entire month as a passenger in a big rig. Travel from coast to coast and then decide where the problems are. They are NOT ALL with the trucker. People in cars, RV's, pedestrians, bicycles. See how many of them consistently don't follow the rules of the road yet every accident is always the truckers fault. Even the lawyers have big commercials about the low life truck driver who hurt you. I am sick of it. We all work hard have families too and we are always at blame. And what about the places we deliver and pick up docks full of lazy people who just want a pay check ( now I know there are hard workers out there, but they are far and few between anymore), companies who set ridiculous pick or delivery times. Why cause they never drove a truck. Well my mapping program says you can be here in 8 hours. But that mapping program doesn't account for accidents, detours, posted roads, low bridges, hours of service, need I go on???? If you are going to regulate something then you need to understand it to the fullest.. FMCSA Put your high and mighty butt in a truck, learn from the inside out.

DOTDoctor
DOTDoctor

As I see day in and out, the system is flawed.  One carrier is almost to the threshold for maintenance who has an excellent program in place but is in a state that is focused on reflective tape reflectivity and lights while carrier two is in a state that only cares about "big items" and has an excellent maintenance score despite poor habits.   The inconsistency is horrible.   Carriers do not keep their MCS150s updated and therefore reflect in the improper peer group.  


Slide 8 said it all; despite the idea of the CSA system being a means to provide a numeric system to crash activity, that is not what is happening.  We are not reflecting the ideas for which the system was created.  The proper data is not being consistently collected and examined within the proper peer groups.


Amish Trucker hit the nail on the head. " ...until an administration gets a truck safety advocate into FMCSA instead of this constant stream of law enforcement advocates" there will no program that adequately enhances or calculates safety.  If safety is the goal; then we need to remove the concentration on a revenue stream and place the focus on safety.   Right now, this is just another program to line the pockets of the government. 

Dee No
Dee No

“Could Einstein figure out the CSA ?” Why on earth would he want to?There are no real problems of higher order for Einstein to solve….just another Gov’t agency who’s primarily concern is collecting power thru its many “make work” jobs. Anyone who views the CSA as some kind of science project to be solved is taking the CSA entirely too seriously.THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES.

Renur
Renur

Whoever put together the above flow chart and story did a wonderful job.  Well done, and congratulations!  Unfortunately, it rings true.  This is just another example of thousands of government incompetency and overreach.  I wonder how long we are all going to submit to this tyranny and injustice.  It is only a matter of time. 

Amish Trucker
Amish Trucker

Nothing will change until an administration gets a truck safety advocate into FMCSA instead of this constant stream of law enforcement advocates.  If we had someone who really cared about safety instead of a resume boost into the private sector perhaps we could see steady progress and cooperation instead of this constant battle.  Not mentioned in the article are apparent attempts at law enforcement to artificially inflate carrier's scores.  Why cite a carrier for 8 lights being out, when 1 plug is loose?  And when the state argues under DATAQ, "well, the lights were out according to the officer,"  then why not cite ALL the lights being out?

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