CSA's Data Trail
Nationwide patterns for inspections, violations and crashes
What it means for FleetsArticles from CCJ
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.
The smallest fleets’ trucks get inspected much more frequently than those of large fleets. Click here to see the comparisons between one-truck independent owner-operators versus 500-plus truck fleets. The CSA Data Trail project is sponsored by PeopleNet.
Trucking advocates have said that CSA does not allow all carriers to play on a level field. FMCSA argues otherwise. Whose argument will win?
FMCSA’s massive safety program shows gaps in correlation between enforcement and accident rates by carrier size.
What it means for DriversArticles from Overdrive
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.
Brake maintenance tips and resources from longtime brake system components manufacturer Bendix — and the top states for brake inspections/violations.
The most common lighting-related violation — top 20 states for “Inoperative required lamp” prevalence ranked here — may be basis for a DataQ challenge if the light is not required by regulation.
An infographic on Overdrive sister site CCJ shows some of the more disparate data that favors fleets over independents.
FMCSA is putting extra muscle into shutting down truck and bus fleets. Often lacking robust back-office resources to deal with interventions, small carriers can be considered most vulnerable.
Where is a collision with a heavy-duty truck most likely to happen? That dubious distinction goes to New Jersey. Find full state rankings in this first installment in our May 2013 Part 3 CSA’s Data Trail coverage.
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* STATE INSPECTION INTENSITY
* TOP STATES BY VIOLATION TYPES
* TRUCK-INVOLVED CRASH, FATALITY AND INJURY INTENSITY BY STATE