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Todd Dills

CSA’s batting average: MCSAC snapshot

| February 06, 2013

Janice Mulanix of the California Highway Patrol: “It’s good information for enforcement, too.”

That’s one hit for the program, anyway. Wrapping up the session in a way, Jeff Tucker of the Tucker Company Worldwide brokerage, noted another perceived CSA positive, though not without qualifiers: “We’re missing that the agency now has the ability now to get to three, four, five times as many carriers as they were able to touch on a regular basis. so what is the effectiveness of CSA? Is it that shippers are panicking? There’s some of that, yes. Is it that carriers are more engaged because it’s a new program and they have to study to a new test? If I were a carrier or not, I don’t know if I’d want to have FMCSA over for tea…. The other thing that is part of that is you’ve got the surgical interventions at the extreme end, but tens of thousands of more letters are going out and getting the attention of the carrier. The biggest impact CSA has had is extending the reach of FMCSA with letters, in-person visits and creating the sense of awareness on the carrier side. But does increasing awareness [as the end] justify all the means?”

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  • J Webb Kline

    So, I don’t have one, single driver working for me who has one single CSA violation or otherwise–nada–going back 10 years. 2 years ago, I hired an OO, 65 yrs old with a spotless record and within 2 months he had 2 HOS violations and I fired him. Actually, he didn’t have his duty status up to date or he would have been okay and he fought the 1st charge and won. But none of it mattered to CSA. We wound up with a 99% on our HOS score. The only other violation happened a yr ago when an OO accidentally logged a 9.5 hr break instead 10. Half of his score got removed this Jan when it was a year old. And my score went from 95.4 to 98.3% and yet our points when down by 18!! We’ve lost $1.5 million in sales over the past year because brokers and shippers look at our score and think we’re high risk, and we lost some of our best accounts because they aren’t allowed to load our trucks even though they need them. Our trucks only average 61K per year and are home every night. We can’t get inspections because the trucks cross over the same scales and the cops won’t bother with them even if asked. Yeah, I have a lot of problems with CSA.

  • Mike Jones

    me no have license…no worry of CSA.

  • Mike Jones

    me only drive Trookay….no comprenede CSA… need… strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.