CSA score

First Question to answer is...What is CSA? 

CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability.  It is the safety compliance and enforcement program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that holds motor carriers and drivers accountable for their role in safety. CSA affects motor carriers, including owner-operators, by identifying those with safety problems to prioritize them for interventions such as warning letters and investigations. CSA affects drivers because their safety performance and compliance impact their safety records and, while working for a carrier, will impact their carrier’s safety record.

We live in a computerized world where almost everything we do is recorded somewhere.    It might surprise you how many companies that wish to use a trucking firm will check that shippers CSA score before choosing to do business with them.     If trucking firm A has a CSA score of ZERO (Perfect) and company B has a score of 1.5 (Not Perfect) the decision is rather easy for them.    All things being equal company A will likely win every time.

Second Question...How does it work?  

Your company’s safety data appears online in FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS). FMCSA updates the SMS once a month with data from roadside inspections, including driver and vehicle violations; crash reports from the last two years; and investigation results.

The SMS considers:

  • The number of safety violations and inspections
  • The severity of safety violations or crashes
  • When the safety violations occurred, with recent events weighted more heavily
  • The number of trucks/buses a carrier operates and the number of vehicle miles traveled
  • Acute and Critical Violations found during investigations

What facts are on your company's CSA Report?

Let's find your company's report and look at your what the FMCSA hs to say about your safety record.   CLICK On the picture below to open a new page.   NOTE: Please use a split screen so we can review your report and inspect your stats at the same time.

Search page

TYPE IN your COMPANY'S NAME in Carrier Name slot and hit SEARCH.   There might be several companies to choose from but you can refine your search by limiting the search to a your home state.

Please take some time checking your numbers against this sample sheet.

Questions to answer -

  • How many Inspections did your company get in the last 24 months?
  • What is the average number of Inspections Per/Driver and Per/Truck?
  • What is your current CSA Score?  Is it ZERO (If so, I salute you) 
  • What is the percentage of times your company receives a Violation from Inspections By/Driver and By/Truck?
  • How many accidents did your company experience in the last 24 months and were there any fatalities?

sample CSA Report

If this is the first time you have reviewed this data in the last few months ....did you get surprised by your data?    Were you pleased with your scores?   If not, I highly suggest you take a proactive role in reducing these numbers.    You can mandate safety training for all of your CDL Drivers and call for more internal truck inspections.   You can also fight every Violation to try to keep them from negatively affecting your CSA Score.

Fighting every Violation should become a part of your corporate culture.  The problem with this is the overall expense of legal service.     I agree and I am about to offer you a solution.

I hope this article has done a good job educating you on where your company currently stands.   If your not at a ZERO CSA score then I am asking you to check out how the program can help your company REDUCE your CSA Score, PROTECT your drivers, and SAVE insurance costs at a very affordable rate.

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