CSA motor carrier ratings go live to public

By Jami Jones, senior editor | 12/13/2010

With little fanfare, the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 – CSA 2010 – motor carrier compliance measure system went live to the public on Sunday, Dec. 12. It’s now being called the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and has dropped the 2010.

The motor carrier profiles can be viewed here.

Data on the safety performance of motor carriers are collected into the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories – dubbed BASICs by the agency.

The seven categories include:

  • Unsafe driving (Parts 392 and 397);
  • Fatigued driving (Parts 392 and 395);
  • Driver fitness (Parts 383 and 391);
  • Controlled substances/alcohol (Parts 382 and 392);
  • Vehicle maintenance (Parts 393 and 396);
  • Cargo related (Parts 392, 393, 397 and hazmat); and
  • Crash indicator.

Now that the system is live, the public can view a motor carrier’s performance in all but a couple of the BASIC categories: cargo and crash indicator.

After all of the data on violations and citations noted on inspections and crash reports are entered, chewed up and spit out of the CSA Safety Management System, motor carriers will be rated in all of the BASIC compliance areas. The higher the ranking percentile, the more noncompliant the motor carrier. These rankings will be updated on a continual basis.

Those rankings will help FMCSA enforcement personnel determine what method of enforcement – now called interventions – to pick. Enforcement will no longer be a one-size-fits-all scenario.

Intervention selection is influenced by safety performance, hazardous material or passenger carrier status, intervention history and investigator discretion. Now that CSA carrier profiles are live to the public, interventions are also expected to begin.

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