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CSA's Data Trail

Nationwide patterns for inspections, violations and crashes

What it means for Fleets

Articles from CCJ

10 toughest states for hours of service in 2015

2015’s data shows an upward trend in the hours of service violations doled out by the top 10 states. When reporting began in the CSA’s Data Trail series in 2013 — a joint effort by CCJ and Overdrive — just three states were above the 20 percent mark for hours violations. Seven of the 10 are above that threshold now.

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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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What it means for Drivers

Articles from Overdrive

More clean inspections: Enforcement change or improved compliance?

Both enforcement-practice changes and, veteran officers suggest, improved operations on the part of truckers are responsible for clean inspections’ recent rise.

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Many readers feel little change in clean inspections

While more clean inspections overall may well be the reality for inspections recorded in the federal Motor Carrier Management and Information System database, Overdrive’s audience of mostly owner-operators is more skeptical.

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A silver lining: Clean inspections on the rise

In Overdrive’s annual CSA’s Data Trail update, after a few years of decline in the totals overall, inspections increased by more than 4 percent. Fortunately for operators, those additional thousands of inspections can be attributed in part to an influx of inspections that contained no violation.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don’t take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT’s high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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The 18 states that issue more violations per inspection than the national average

In any of these states, it’s most likely that if you get inspected you’ll walk away with a violation. All of them write more than 1.7 per every individual inspection, with Connecticut at the top of the list with more than 3.

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