CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program has been in and out of the news for most of the past year. You may be wondering what this is all about and how it impacts you as a shipper. This is the first in a series of posts explaining:
What is CSA?
Launched in December 2010, CSA is FMCSA’s safety compliance and enforcement program. FMCSA is promoting safety compliance to help keep our Nation’s roadways safer for everyone. CSA is not a set of rules or regulations, but rather an initiative designed to improve the efficiency of FMCSA’s enforcement and compliance program. The aim of CSA is to measure carrier safety performance, identify potentially unsafe carriers, and prioritize them for enforcement interventions—all as part of FMCSA’s ultimate goal of reducing commercial motor vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
Under CSA, motor carrier violations, as determined primarily by roadside inspections and crash data, are placed into seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) as follows:
This system is used to assign safety ratings for carriers, based on their BASIC scores weighed against factors including size, violation frequency and severity, and how recently violations have occurred. All this data is then made available on the FMCSA’s Safety Management System (SMS) website which is updated monthly.
Reactions to the program, and the amount and type of safety data that it makes available, have been mixed.
Part 2 of this 4-part series will be posted on May 23rd. We will be discussing the point assignments involved in CSA score calculations. Stay tuned…
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