CSA's Data Trail

Nationwide patterns for inspections, violations and crashes



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

Finding fault: Where inspections are toughest

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.

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Close scrutiny: Pennsylvania rises up the inspection-intensity ranks

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.

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Close scrutiny: Where are you most likely to be inspected?

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.

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CSA’s Fallout: Where it’s most difficult to improve CSA scores

The continental United States ranked for each state’s likelihood to issue a totally violation-free, or “clean,” inspection.

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CSA’s Fallout: Where the inspection action is

The top states ranked for inspection activity; Maryland heads up the intensity rankings as in our analysis last year.

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CSA’s Fallout: The shifting enforcement target as states move on driver violations

Among all 48 continental states, 2013 saw 29 states increase their attention to moving violations, figured as a percentage of each state’s total violations. Among the top such states, 3 in 4 saw their moving violations’ share grow in 2013 against other violations.

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