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What it means for Fleets

Articles from CCJ

CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 3: The ‘ugly little secret’ of CSA

In the final part of the CSA’s Distorted Rankings series: An in-depth look at how severity weights and peer groups lead to other CSA problems.

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CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 2: SMS, safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

The difference in results between CSA rankings and the safety rating system is marked. In some quarters, eliminating that disconnect is seen as at least a partial solution to public confusion over what the scores mean. It’s a key component of why critics feel use of the scores in business decisions is so onerous.

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CSA’s Distorted Rankings, Part 1: CSA’s flawed scoring doesn’t stop third parties from judging carriers

Three and a half years after Compliance Safety Accountability began its radical scrambling of how trucking safety is regulated and scored, carriers and owner-operators continue to suffer from its fallout, while bureaucrats struggle to repair the complex program.

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CSA is ‘unreliable’ and here’s why – and what to tell customers, says ATA

Trucking continues to question the accuracy and application of data at the heart of the federal government’s regulatory program, and a powerful political voice for the industry has issued a white paper that spells out the points of contention in a way that customers – and maybe even Congress – can understand.

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CSA is a ‘whim,’ ‘abandonment of duty’ by regulator, transport law expert says

Almost three years since its launch, Compliance, Safety, Accountability remains a source of confusion and for the American trucking industry. CSA is “an abandonment of FMCSA’s duty to regulate safety,” transportation law expert Rob Moseley says. “CSA is just the whim of FMCSA.” He briefed carriers on how to defend their reputations at the recent ATA MC&E.

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Risk & Reward: How CSA’s data shows discrimination toward small carriers

CCJ takes an in-depth look at data from CSA in its first two years — Here’s what it says.

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What it means for Drivers

Articles from Overdrive

CSA’s Fallout: ‘Play the game’ to get out of the lockup

How the team at Old Time Express turned the lock open out of ‘safety jail,’ reversing its Conditional rating and winning back business.

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CSA’s Fallout: Trapped in a CSA nightmare

Part 1 of this story of how one small fleet operator got stuck in “safety jail” as a Conditional safety rating, a high BASIC score in hours and violations compounded and business vanished.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA’s MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

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CSA’s Fallout: SMS/safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

While official safety rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program remains, the CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving a more real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference between results produced by each is marked.

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CSA’s Fallout: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

Overdrive’s 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

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CSA scoring is faulty, unfair for small carriers, GAO report says

The scoring system used by FMCSA in its Compliance, Safety, Accountability system is flawed and is made up of an incomplete data set, particularly for small carriers, a GAO report concludes.

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