Research reveals truck driver concerns with CSA

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More than 77 percent of drivers incorrectly believe that a trucking company inherits past violations from new hires, while nearly two-thirds of drivers are somewhat or extremely concerned that they will lose their jobs as a result of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety Accountability regulatory program, according to a new report.

The American Transportation Research Institute’s report details the extent to which CSA has exerted an influence on the daily lives of commercial drivers. ATRI’s report also describes and analyzes driver attitudes toward and comprehension of CSA based on survey data collected from 4,555 U.S. truck drivers.

While findings reveal that truck drivers continue to have myriad concerns related to CSA, ATRI discovered that drivers may not have a solid understanding of what CSA is and does. These areas are explored in full depth, and the report also offers recommendations for enhancing driver knowledge and support through multiple training and education sessions, as well as other sources of familiarization.

“ATRI’s study clearly points out that motor carriers, state trucking associations and FMCSA collectively need to do more to educate drivers about CSA and what it does and doesn’t mean for their jobs,” says Ed Crowell, Georgia Motor Trucking Association president and chief executive officer.

ATRI currently has a similar motor carrier survey under way, which can be accessed online at ATRI’s website. To obtain a copy of the ATRI CSA Driver Survey Report, go to www.atri-online.org.