Consultant: New CSA wave washing ashore

| June 25, 2014

About to catch your breath because you’ve finally gotten the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program under control? Not so fast.

Regulatory compliance expert Jeff Davis, principle officer for Fleet Safety Services, told CCJ Summer Symposium attendees in LaJolla Calif., this morning that a virtual tsunami of regulations directly or indirectly related to CSA has begun to hit the trucking industry.

Even with “regulation fatigue” at the executive level, Davis maintains that truck fleets will have to redouble their efforts to stay ahead of the curve on CSA in order to protect their BASIC scores. Those numerical rankings are coming under increasing scrutiny by law enforcement and regulatory agencies, as well as shippers and insurance companies.

“We’ve come through Phase 1 of the CSA,” Davis explained, “which was the actual launch of the program and understanding how it would work. For better or worse, we now have that information. Now we’re entering Phase 2, which is the actual intervention phase, which CSA was all about in the first place.”


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In other words, Davis says, truckers must shift primary concerns from educating themselves about CSA to learning how to operate in a world largely defined by how the program views them. The process is made even more complicated by the way the program is being used — and abused — in ways it was never intended to.

Davis told Symposium attendees that he believes a primary internal purpose of CSA is to force carriers into using electronic logs. He maintains that use of e-logs is the only way fleets today can accurately track and control hours compliance to head off detrimental CSA scores. 


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Drivers are now required to use doctors who are certified by the federal medical registry to renew a CDL or get a new one.

More annoying for back-office management, Davis says, is a requirement that requires the government-certified doctor to, in turn, be re-certified by the fleet as well.

“You have to place a note in the driver’s file that the doctor who passed him or her as fit for duty is government-certified,” he explained. “You have to go to the FCMSA website and verify they are certified. This regulation crept up on us and I had no idea it was even being considered until I ran up on it last week.”

Davis says fleets can expect a sleep apnea test to round out the medical certification process for drivers.

“The bottom line is that fleets are simply going to have to be more hands-on in helping their drivers get — and keep — their medical cards,” Davis adds. “It’s going to take more time, more resources and more people to do so.” 


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Additionally, Davis believes that hair testing for the new driver drug and alcohol clearing house may soon be required. “My advice to fleets is to be proactive on this front now,” he stressed. “I recommend checking your database on every driver to ascertain whether they’ve had a prior drug or alcohol violation and follow up to make certain they are in compliance now.”

  • localnet

    Email me at
    I will fill you in.

  • Bruce Shearman

    lets start talking it up in truck stops im a company driver and I will shut down in a heart beat

  • aaronmutulo

    when is a drivers safety score going to help them ive been driving for 4 years no tickets no accidents no criminal record and I drive 3000 miles per week and my employer doesn’t seem to be concerned w good scores but if you raise their csa score your fired not to mention low pay rates

  • Walkinboss

    Man let us know who your leased to.

  • Walkinboss

    I got mine at 16 in Alabama could drive or ride anything with wheels….1980

  • Danny

    They just wanna put small companies out of business.This people should leave us alone and let us put a food on our tables.

  • Slayer88

    That driver was out of the DE DC and lived in Georgia and so had been up roughly 18 hrs because he drove from GA to DE then got in the truck, AND he was doing 20 mph OVER the speed limit in a construction zone which led to him KILLING someone in a completely preventable wreck HE CAUSED. If all of this turns out to be true, and it apparently is, why should he and Walmart walk away?

  • Slayer88

    He went on duty after driving from his home in GA to his terminal in DE, I really dont care that he was in compliance, he had been up and behind a wheel of some sort for far too long. Being in compliance isnt necessarily safe.

  • Slayer88

    Being exempt from NLRB rules doesnt help our plight either.

  • localnet

    See my email below, only O/Ops at this time, there are no driver jobs.

  • Truck Matters

    I agree with a lot of your post but it takes a lot less then government regulations. I see 100 of drivers a week sitting at docks complaining about the money they are making. At those same docks I see drivers that have a CDL that are now loading the same trucks they used to drive. Why because they took action and started valuing there time. Many drivers take jobs ask the wrong questions in the interview. How many miles per week and cpm is nice to know. Questions I rarely hear from drivers. How is detention paid and calculated. How do you pay for breakdowns. Is there pay for waiting on dispatches. How are layovers paid.

    When people ask about my company the first first words out are about miles and cpm. Then they wait for a reply. There is more then miles and cpm if you truly want to make money at trucking. When you are paid it is amazing how much government regulations really don’t matter because you are paid for time and expertise not how many miles you can grind out in a week.

    Twitter: @trkmatters

  • Darwyn Norris

    Lol lol you think Soylent Green is a dipiction of left wing utopia. A story about global warming, pollution, overcrowding and The Soylent Company controlling the food supply. Wow! Just wow!

  • localnet

    Well, Historically, that is what the leftist Utopia evolves into… Cuba, Venezuela, Soviet Union, the list goes on and on… Oh, they are into cannibalism in N Korea, another favorite nation of the left.

  • crankyyankee

    oh boy……lol…..just give me 2 more years!!…jackass’can have it all! Actually,I’m looking forward to doing something different after 28 years and at 3,000,000 miles…I’ll be oblivious like everyone else not in the industry to the insanity..except that the higher prices on every thing because of this crap! Like the $1.00 over the gallon price of diesel I get plus charges for tolls I bang my customers in the NE because of the lunacy of the DOT up there…and they pay it..when they complain about the exorbitant costs…I tell them call your representative…the ridiculous tolls,laws,ie:in NY,a LIGHTout requires a MANDATORY court appearence… NYC,one light out also will cost $1100.00 now….Suffolk,Nassau counties now making numerous wide “inspection spots….windshield washer fluid,valve cao covers…tickets,CSA points…I can go on…but if they want me to bring their frieght…they pay….because the out bound freight in the whole NE is so bad,I now laugh and deadhead back …hence their cost…but as all this gets worse?? Nah…see ya…good luck to all and please don’t quit cause I need my groceries!

  • JasonKane

    When is the last time you were on a road–any road–as a passenger or a driver? There are far too many idiots behind the wheel these days to let anyone just drive anything. Testing is necessary, though PROPER training is more important. And that should apply to every level of license, not just a CDL.

  • Kamikaze Pilot 1960

    This is BIG U.S. Government at its finest! “…To increase the potential for safe operation of Commercial Motor Vehicles we must implement more control over the industry…” (i.e. – the operator) It’s our fault that the accident statistics are so high. Irresponsible and under-trained drivers. These drivers are generally weeded out of the system eventually so who is left to pay for all this government oversight? The responsible drivers. It’s also our fault the driver pay scale has taken a nose dive in the last 5 years because we all need to feed our families and pay our bills so we are willing to “settle” for less because many of us don’t have a choice. From the corporate viewpoint, the cost of doing business has tripled in the last 10 years partly due to all the additional regulation and increased fuel prices. Try running trucks on something other than diesel fuel for a change and see what happens – but what can be used as an effective alternative – I have no clue. The drastic ups and downs in the safety ratings can be directly connected to the economy. When unemployment is up everyone runs to this industry for a job. Make the requirements to enter this industry as a driver a bit more difficult and that would solve a whole lot of the troubles that plague it.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    All the time on a motorcycle , and car , and i still have a a rig and run on my own authority ,

  • JasonKane

    And you really think a test should not be required to get a license? Theres enough idiots and unsafe drivers that do pass the test, so hey lets just let even the most illiterate and reckless people on the road too. Because that makes sense…

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Before the class licences when you went for a job most of the time they sent a mechanic from the shop to road test you , if he did not like the way you drove you were not hired ,

  • JasonKane

    “…mechanic from the shop to road TEST you..”

    Thank you for proving my point while disproving yours.

  • Jimmy the Greek

    I worked in the shop before i ever drove , and if they could not drive , they would not jet a job . we would have to be the ones fixing them so its not a bad system , Driving a truck does not take a lot of smarts Hell i have a sister that drives , my dog is smarter than her ! I took her son down last year with my truck and got him a CDL ,

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Live in a 1968 transtar cabover for a month at a time ! no factory air , shutters stuck open in the winter so you load the grill with cardboard so the motor stays hot enough so you don’t freeze in your sleep , then come back and tell me about training Have you ever even sat in a B-61 with a tri-plex transmission , have you ever seen a cracker box GMC ? No one trained drivers , You bullshited your way into a job and hope no one seen you sideswipe the light pole as you run over the fire hydrant making a right turn , But the drivers then that did stick it out ended up being dam good drivers strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.