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Drivers’ knowledge of CSA pegged at 42 percent

Approximately 7,800 driver responses were analyzed over a three-year period examining perceptions, attitudes and knowledge of CSA.

The Trucker News Services

1/28/2014

ARLINGTON, Va. — On average, professional truck drivers responded to a Compliance, Safety, Accountability knowledge test with a 42.4 percent accuracy, suggesting that after three years of implication drivers do not have a clear understand of the program.

That’s the conclusion reached by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), which Tuesday released results of a study called “Compliance, Safety Accountability: Assessing the New Safety Measurement System and Its Implications – 2013 Update.”  This is the first in a new series of ATRI white papers covering a multitude of research topics critical to the trucking industry, ATRI officials said.

This white paper expands on ATRI’s previous CSA impacts research among commercial drivers and enforcement personnel.

Approximately 7,800 driver responses were analyzed over a three-year period examining perceptions, attitudes and knowledge of CSA.  In addition, ATRI partnered with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to obtain a baseline level of enforcement personnel knowledge of CSA.

A positive finding of the study noted carrier-provided CSA training has increased steadily since 2011.  Furthermore, driver job security concerns due to CSA have decreased by almost 10 percent over the three-year period.

Among enforcement personnel, respondents performed with 66.5 percent accuracy on the CSA knowledge test. 

ATRI is expanding on this study’s findings by investigating driver CSA training content and frequency and the relationship these variables have to CSA knowledge.  In addition, the enforcement personnel results provide a platform for further evaluation of enforcement personnel CSA knowledge and the potential impacts this may have on enforcement activities.

ATRI is the research arm of the American Trucking Associations.

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