Improved CSA Scores and How To Get Them

CSA Scores

Shippers and receivers want to work with logistics companies that have satisfactory CSA scores. Avoiding unsatisfactory or conditional ratings during compliance reviews will help your company continue its path towards continued success.

The FMCSA and CSA work closely together to prevent vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries. If your business does not comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) it is at risk of being shut down by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The FMCSA has been working at both the federal and state level to provide, implement, and enforce the tools needed to keep organizations in the transportation industry informed.

Certain metrics and regulations need to be monitored and enforced to comply with the DOT and prevent inspection violations. Safety managers need to comply with the regulations and requirements outlined in the Safety Measurement System (SMS) CSA program, and train their drivers to ensure the requirements are met.

The importance of HOS compliance, unsafe driving, vehicle maintenance, substance abuse, driver fitness and more need to be communicated to drivers.

The FMCSA will issue interventions and distribute fines when your CSA score is high. You can check you safety score at the USDOT website csa.fmcsa.dot.gov

In conclusion, safety managers and drivers need to work as a team, and leverage the tools provided by the FMCSA to help ensure that the fleet is operating safely and maintaining a good CSA score.


The new, and improved CSA Operational Model has three major components:

  • Measurement – To measure safety performance, the CSA uses inspection and crash results to identify carriers whose behaviors could reasonably lead to crashes.
  • Evaluation – The CSA helps FMCSA and its State Partners To correct high-risk behavior by contacting more carriers and drivers–with interventions tailored to their specific safety problem, as well as a new Safety Fitness Determination methodology.
  • Intervention – To cover the full spectrum of safety issues, the CSA collects, evaluates, and shares data to enforcement officials so they can intervene more effectively and efficiently to improve safety on our roads.

MAP-21 The DOT Compliance Mandate

The MAP-21 bill was passed through congress to give the transportation industry a safety over-haul. The main change any business is most likely concerned with is the requirement of an EOBR system in every vehicle driven.

Click here to read the details of MAP-21 

The “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill” passed through congress on June 29, 2012. An Electronic On-Board Recorder (EOBR) system is required by the MAP-21 bill. Units like the Omnitracs MCP50 are to be installed on every US DOT registered truck on the road. Stay ahead of the curve with a GPS tracking system from Gentrifi GPS!CSA Scores



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