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 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.
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
All of the contiguous states mapped above show speeding among the top six violation priorities in the state. Explore the West Virginia-to-Nebraska lane’s violation metrics here.
The state dialed back on overall inspections from 81,183 in 2013 to 69,188 in 2014, a 15 percent decline. According to state officials, such a level may not hold as it focuses on doing more with less.
With Roadcheck ramping up Tuesday, June 2, Overdrive’s annual update to the winding CSA’s Data Trail shows a downward national inspection intensity trend, though some key states move in the opposite direction.
Some things are obvious — “take pride in your stuff,” says one officer — others not so, when it comes to managing encounters with officers, whether at roadside or in a weigh station inspection barn.
What you do throughout your encounters with motor carrier enforcement officers may end up having a lot to do with the ending picture in the inspection report.
Efficacy and fairness of the federal CSA program questioned given broad geographical differences in approaches to enforcement. More from this candid talk at TCA’s Safety/Security Division meet.
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* STATE INSPECTION INTENSITY
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