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FMCSA advisory panel to conduct thorough review of CSA

While many in the trucking industry believe CSA can improve safety, those same stakeholders want changes, especially in the area of crash responsibility.

The Trucker Staff

10/19/2012

ARLINGTON, Va.  — Compliance, Safety, Accountability, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s oft praised yet oft criticized safety management system, is about to get a thorough review from one of the agency’s own committees.

The CSA subcommittee of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee at the end of a two-day meeting here this week decided to undertake an in-depth review of the program.

The subcommittee was formed as part of the implementation of MCSAC Task 12-03 — the evaluation of and recommendations on CSA.

The FMCSA looks to MCSAC for input and to provide various perspectives from committee members from the safety advocacy, safety enforcement, labor and industry communities.

The agency is not bound by any of the committee’s recommendations.

The subcommittee will meet next on Dec. 5 to hear details on the data on which the safety system is based.

An agency spokesperson said the subcommittee will look at the focus, priorities and objectives of CSA to make sure the data is an accurate picture of safety performances and how best it can predict risk.

Among those who are expected to appear before the subcommittee in future meetings is Anthony Gallo of Wells Fargo Securities.

Gallo has presented research that indicates CSA scores may not reflect crash risk.

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While many in the trucking industry believe CSA can improve safety, those same stakeholders want changes, especially in the area of crash responsibility.

Under the current system, a carrier is tagged with a crash whether or not it is the carrier’s fault.

Carriers want only those accidents for which they are responsible to go on their safety record.

The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at editor@thetrucker.com.

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