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
Only two of the states with the biggest truck-involved fatality-crash problems show a percentage of maintenance violations above the 2013 national average of 72.6 percent – Virginia and Texas.
If you’re running through the Lone Star State, don’t skimp on pre-trip inspections. No other state issues a higher percentage of maintenance violations.
This month in the Standout States series we look at Connecticut, which might get the most proverbial “bang” for its inspection buck with the highest number of violations per inspection on average – and the lowest percentage of clean inspections.
Pennsylvania’s enforcement program might be the most mobile in the nation — the No. 2 state for inspection intensity in 2013, the state conducts the large majority of its inspections away from any scale.
That distinction goes to Maryland, followed by Pennsylvania — while both are heavy on inspections, their rate of issuing violations falls below the national average. Find a look at Maryland’s program here.
The continental United States ranked for each state’s likelihood to issue a totally violation-free, or “clean,” inspection.
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* STATE INSPECTION INTENSITY
* BEST AND WORST STATES FOR CLEAN INSPECTIONS
* TOP STATES BY VIOLATION TYPES