csa’s fallout

Finding fault: Where inspections are toughest

This month in the Standout States series we look at Connecticut, which might get the most proverbial "bang" for its inspection buck with the highest number of violations per inspection on average – and the lowest percentage of clean inspections.

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Close scrutiny: Pennsylvania rises up the inspection-intensity ranks

Pennsylvania's enforcement program might be the most mobile in the nation -- the No. 2 state for inspection intensity in 2013, the state conducts the large majority of its inspections away from any scale.

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Close scrutiny: Where are you most likely to be inspected?

That distinction goes to Maryland, followed by Pennsylvania -- while both are heavy on inspections, their rate of issuing violations falls below the national average. Find a look at Maryland's program here.

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Will FMCSA ‘un-ring’ the CSA alarm?

Reader Thomas Little may best have paraphrased the thoughts of many: With CSA, "FMCSA fully intended" to "let the industry do their policing for them. Spoon-feed the detailed data into the marketplace to drive consumer choice of motor carrier ... and then stand back and pretend that wasn't how CSA was supposed to be used... They won't be able to unring that bell."

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CSA’s Fallout: The shifting enforcement target as states move on driver violations

Among all 48 continental states, 2013 saw 29 states increase their attention to moving violations, figured as a percentage of each state’s total violations. Among the top such states, 3 in 4 saw their moving violations' share grow in 2013 against other violations.

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CSA’s Fallout: Trapped in a CSA nightmare

Part 1 of this story of how one small fleet operator got stuck in "safety jail" as a Conditional safety rating, a high BASIC score in hours and violations compounded and business vanished.

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Lawsuit over FMCSA guidance on CSA scores dismissed

In a brief to media and members, the board of the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation reported that the suit they brought against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in 2012 had been decided in favor of FMCSA.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

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CSA’s Fallout: SMS/safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

While official safety rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program remains, the CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving a more real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference between results produced by each is marked.

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CSA’s mad math: Readers right on lack of reliability

Clearly the “A” in CSA isn’t working when the data being accounted for paint a distorted picture. The result is a system where too many small carriers are assumed guilty until proven innocent.

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