CSA audit begins as data quality comes into question

| January 17, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program is being audited by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, following a request from September by the House to do so.

The OIG wants to gauge whether FMCSA has in place adequate measures to make sure that the quality of data being used to evaluate carriers is sufficient.

For more on this story, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s report.

  • http://twitter.com/ECTTS East Coast Truck

    I don’t see how you could have a fair program unless the data is guaranteed to be accurate.

    -carhauler

    http://www.ectts.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.mckelvie William McKelvie

    Why do they need to spend the monies on doing an audit? If they would just start listening to those of us in the industry who actually do want change for the better, not one bit of this would be necessary. Tell them to stop kissing up to the ATA and the larger carriers they represent, their accident rates are atrocious to say the least. Remember the bipartisan congressional committee hearing when Anne Ferro admitted to sending her whole crew to TN to investigate that trucking company? They have one of the better safety ratings, where is the investigations of CRST, FEDEX, or UPS??? Where is the FMCSA on the wreck from last night, right here in NC? UPS hit a trooper unit who was stopped while responding to an accident, hit the unit and flipped over, http://myfox8.com/2013/01/18/i-85-north-down-to-one-lane-near-archdale-after-multi-vehicle-wreck/ . Oh yes, forgive me, they are part of the ATA, no investigation necessary.

  • Lisa Hugshton

    The biggest thing that I don’t understand is if a driver gets stopped for speeding, does not get a ticket but the state patrol does an inspection – the speeding is noted on the inspection sheet and is entered into the data. How is that fair? If the driver had gotten a ticket he would have had the chance to go to court to argue his innocence. Since there is no ticket I guess its the same as just being guilty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269137418 Mike Jones

    With this INCREASED SCRUTINY(CSA PROGRAM) the PAY for a QUALIFIED JOURNEYMAN DRIVER should be increased substantially….also ELIMINATE all the illegal alien drivers from the highway entirely..their are Thousands of mexican truck drivers here driving on FAKE licenses and here Illegally to begin with….the cops seem to somehow OVERLOOK those “drivers” and hassle the American Citizen who has REAL credentials. It is an outright RIP OFF of the American Truck Drivers and everyone is well aware of it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1269137418 Mike Jones

    Knight is advertizing today….33 CPM..the same oldrate from 10 years ago…nobody is gonna make any 50k per year like is being reported by “journalists” talking about Great Pay and jobs available…after Taxes and road expenses the company driver will make diddley squat…and what he makes today sure does NOT go far since INFLATION has made it to where EVERYTHING goes UP in price constantly..you will CERTAINLY be a Poor Man and lose your wife and family in the processcoz they dont want to hang with a LOSER….lol

  • Jon-Mar Services LLC

    Audit the system, but actually correct it. I don’t necessarily think an audit performed by an agency under LaHoods control will result in changes benefiting the trucking industry. Any system that places fault on someone involved in an accident that was determined to be non-preventable with no fault placed on the driver by the investigating DOT officer needs to be revamped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.larson.7169 Liz Larson

    You can thank NAFTA for that one.I believe that was a Reagan idea.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.larson.7169 Liz Larson

    When they deregulated the trucking industry they actually did the opposite.I remember the 70′s and yes it was a hassle to stop at every state with your Bingo card.And every state had different laws and regulations.But now how many years later Cost of living goes up and wages do not.The truckers are the most regulated workers I know of.Sweat shop on wheels,wharehouse on wheels.Even a surgeon who really has peoples lives in there hands can work ????? overtime hours?If a truck driver gets out of his truck and walks into the truck stop to go to the bathroom.stops and buy’s a soda on his way back out to his truck.That is an intteruption of his sleeper time.Legally He is supposed to start all over with his 10 Hrs. off duty.So much for the freedom of the open road.I remember a time when truckers united.It scared the Federal Government so they deregulated us…..Regulated.