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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

Top 10 states for brake and tire violations, and where they overlap

Tennessee is one of five states scoring top-10 rankings for the intensity of truck enforcement focus on bedrock equipment safety as represented in tires and brakes, whose failure can be catastrophic.

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Tennessee shows some truck-friendly colors

Odds are pretty good that your Tennessee inspection will turn out violation-free. That’s how nearly six in 10 such inspections end in the state, based on 2017 inspection and violation data. More on the state’s enforcement program, based on the numbers.

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Clean inspections account for a bigger share of checks; Updated state rankings for enforcement intensity

In 2017, total heavy-duty truck and driver inspection numbers rose by more than 70,000, much of it accounted for by clean inspections. Only North Carolina was newly among top ten states in our rankings for inspection intensity.

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More leeway to report a malfunctioning ELD

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in late June broadened the options for carriers dealing with repairing or replacing an electronic logging device.

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More states shift focus to hours-, ELD-related violations

Though hours violation totals nationally have been falling for years, data show the extent to which more individual state truck enforcement departments are putting their attention in a big way on hours and associated ELD mandate violations.

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Some pain amidst the gains — CSA’s Data Trail after the e-log shift

Carriers with one to four trucks, whose hours violations as a share of all violations has been falling for years, claimed a larger percentage for the first four months of this year: This and other trends are detailed in Overdrive’s first CSA’s Data Trail update after the turn to ELDs.

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