CSA's Data Trail
Nationwide patterns for inspections, violations and crashes
What it means for FleetsArticles from CCJ
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.
The difference in results between CSA rankings and the SafeStat system produced 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.
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.
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.
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.
CCJ takes an in-depth look at data from CSA in its first two years — Here’s what it says.
What it means for DriversArticles from Overdrive
How the team at Old Time Express turned the lock open out of ‘safety jail,’ reversing its Conditional rating and winning back business.
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.
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.
Safestat remains the official rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program. 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.
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.
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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