Agency conclusion of report clashes with institute’s

| October 10, 2012

In response to a report by the American Transportation Research Institute that determined CSA scores do not accurately portray a carrier’s crash risk, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says contrarily the report  shows evidence supporting the program’s effectiveness.

FMCSA has said ATRI’s report on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program shows CSA’s effectiveness in reducing crashes. ATRI’s report concluded, however, that CSA scoring measures are ineffective.

FMCSA mentioned the institute’s Oct. 1 report on its CSA website Oct. 9. ATRI, part of the American Trucking Associations Federation, analyzed the Safety Measurement System and crash data of 471,306 carriers with evidence of activity in the past 24 months.

Institute researchers assessed the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category scores available to the public. They found a “strong safety basis for the Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving and Vehicle Maintenance BASICs.”

Further, the analysts found “partial support for the Controlled Substances and Alcohol BASIC and no support for the Driver Fitness BASIC.”

The agency stated that “based on FMCSA’s preliminary review of the report, ATRI’s findings in many ways confirm the effectiveness of the CSA program.” It would conduct an in-depth review of ATRI’s report and “carefully consider this information” in bettering this program.

The institute also announced results of its annual survey of than 4,000 trucking executives at the ATA Management Conference and Exhibition Oct. 9. For the first time, respondents ranked CSA as its top issue, followed by hours-of-service regulations. Last year’s top concern, the economy dropped to third place

ATRI currently is analyzing direct and indirect supply chain impact of CSA.

The U.S. House the Committee on Small Business held a July 11 hearing on CSA, followed by the House Highways and Transit Subcommitte’s hearing on the program Sept. 13.

  • jimmy the greek

    This system we have now needs to be scraped ! CSA is a joke , The federal government needs to get it’s nose out of the transportation business !

  • WatchingU2

    Agree Jimmy… Maybe the Government wants to take it over.
    I think the big company’s are part of this too.

  • MarsRiver

    I can’t agree fully with Jimmy the greek. Regulations have their place in ALL industry. Truckers have been governed by the fed since the 1930’s with many of the rules placed to protect the driver from the companies harsh work environment and ethic. However, I do agree with WatchingU2. The larger companies have lobbyists that work “inside the beltway” doing the dirty work they can’t do themselves which is change policy. They work hard to control the quantity of freight which gives them leverage in the industry. They have the resources to recruit, give a sense of security, then castoff the “undesirable” as they have termed them. The larger then recruit the “undesirable”, through the drayage carrier the undesirable has now gone to work for, to move the freight they can’t cover. The larger keep a clean record for the most part as a result while the little become the sacrificial lamb the large didn’t care about anyway. EOBR’s can be viewed the same way.

  • spike3706

    The Federal Government has NO business in my life or my business,I’ve built both,and all they do is TAKE,and give nothing in return, Leave it to the States and We The People. P.S. You sheep can put EOBR’s where the sun never shines. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.