House members call for CSA audit

Two House transportation subcommittee members are among those continuing to question Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability system.

Reps. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) asked the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General to report on the program by Aug. 1, 2013. Duncan, the Highways and Transit Subcommittee chairman, and subcommittee ranking member DeFazio referenced a Sept. 13 subcommittee hearing over concerns regarding CSA data and methodology.

Hearing witnesses said a lack of adequate safety data, inappropriate weighting of violations and other scoring problems was causing CSA “to erroneously label carrier safety performance.”  They noted research indicating program problems in their testimony.

On Oct. 16, the American Trucking Associations issued a white paper on the program.  It indicated carriers’ scores in three of CSA’s seven measurement categories do not effectively identify future crash risk. Also, that the FMCSA only has sufficient violation data to assign a percentile rank in at least one category to 12 percent of carriers.

That same day, the agency’s CSA Subcommittee of Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began a two-day meeting. The MCSAC established the subcommittee at its August meeting to provide the FMCSA recommendations on the CSA program.

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John Nicastro
John Nicastro

PLEASE HELP. all I want to do is work and do my job.And its feel like the worst problem  is my govement that want be out of a job so I can sit home and wait for them to take care of me and tell me what Ican and can not do.All the bull going around about jobs I have a something to let the people run they comany and we all will be better off . How abouy when the DOT in front of you they show you what wrong and then its your job to do it rigth.No  Dot fine you but dont help you. I want the road to be safe to my girls are on them to .But we need to be fair the car are just as much or more.They should be held accountable to.I would love to see a DOT stop for cars and let see what happen.I would like to go and talk to people in Washington but know one ask the guy on the end of the line


 @John Nicastro Sir you are  absolutely  right. I have the same problem  Ins cost are going up because of the stupid scoring syst. they have We all need to ban together and stop this It will put us all out of business

Gordon A
Gordon A

Having the government investigating the FMCSA is like having the fox guard the hen house.

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