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CSA carrier safety scores now online for public view

Pictured is a screenshot of Schneider National's CSA results, made avaialble to the public for the first time Sunday. The truckload carrier, one of the largest in the U.S., was below the threshold for intervention in each of the BASIC safety measurement categories. Carriers above the threshold in a BASIC will show "ALERT" in the corresponding BASICs Status box.

The Trucker Staff

12/12/2010

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited, much-debated, still-being-litigated federal system for assessing motor carrier safety was posted for public view Sunday.

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA — formerly called CSA 2010) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration initiative designed to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles.

“The CSA program will help us more easily identify unsafe commercial truck and bus companies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Better data and targeted enforcement will raise the safety bar for commercial carriers and empower them to take action before safety problems occur.” 

The program also aims to advance the Obama Administration’s open government initiative by providing the public with safety data in a more user-friendly format, DOT noted.  This will give consumers a better picture of those carriers that pose a safety risk.  CSA was tested in nine pilot states before the program was launched.

“We worked closely with our partners in the motor vehicle community to develop this powerful new program,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “CSA is an important new tool that will help reduce commercial vehicle-related crashes and save lives.” 

For the full, official explanation of CSA, go here.

To skip right to the carrier data, click here, then enter a carrier’s DOT or MC number. (NOTE: The option to search for a carrier by name and state has been disabled since the Sunday debut, and the site has been slow to respond and often out of service on Monday. As a work around, to find a carrier's DOT number try the name search field here. A carrier's CSA scores can be accessed by clicking on the SMS link on the right hand side of the Company Snapshot page.)

The SMS data include the carrier’s Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) scores. Categories showing an alert status mean the motor carrier may be prioritized for an intervention, which can include a warning letter, investigation, and identification for roadside inspection. 

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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