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Issue #6: Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)


Coming in at #6 on ATRI’s trucking issues of 2017 is Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).


Straight from FMCSA’s website, “CSA is FMCSA’s data-driven safety compliance and enforcement program designed to improve safety and prevent commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, injuries, and fatalities. CSA consists of three core components; the Safety Measurement System (SMS); interventions; and a Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rating system to determine the safety fitness of motor carriers.”


Essentially this is another program that was designed to keep drivers accountable and motorists safe. In 2017 FMCSA initiated a CSA program that allows carriers to request a review of potentially non-preventable crashes that have occured on or after June 1, 2017 (ATRI.)


The number one proposed strategy (a little over 50%) is to monitor FMCSA’s crash accountability pilot program to assess success in removing non-preventable crashes from carrier scores. To us, this appears to be a fair solution, as drivers should not be penalized for crashes that they could not prevent.


Truckers proposed a second strategy to work with FMCSA to ensure that federally mandated National Academies of Sciences (NAS) review of CSA are successfully implemented. Among these recommendations includes using a more data driven approach in research.


Over the last few weeks, we have focused mostly on regulation and policy. Next week, however, we will begin to break down some more palpable issues, starting with driver retention. This is an problem that we here at Carlisle Personal Care Transport have a personal interest in.


Personal Care Transport is the only company in Pennsylvania that is licensed to transport truck drivers. With over four years of experience, Personal Care has built close relations with men and women in the industry. We have a deep understanding of the training process. Use Personal Care Services for all your trucking-related transportation needs.


Post Author: Gary Grant

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