Improve Your 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.

Why Your CSA Score is Important

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.

Measurement

The CSA uses the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to score fleet driver behavior. To measure safety performance, the CSA uses inspection and crash results to identify carriers whose behaviors could reasonably lead to crashes.

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.

Evaluation

he 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.

How Your CSA is Scored

The FMCSA utilizes the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to determine a fleet’s CSA score. Once a month the FMCSA will update the score based on  data from roadside inspections, including driver and vehicle violations, crash reports from the last two years, and investigation results.

When creating a fleet’s score the SMS will analyze and consider the following:

  • 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

The 7 SMS BASIC’s

The SMS data is organized into seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC). Fleets are assigned a measure and percentile within each BASIC category.

Unsafe Driving

Crash Indicator

Hours of Service Compliance

Vehicle Maintenance

Controlled Substances/Alcohol

Hazardous Materials Compliance

Driver Fitness

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