SMS

POLL: What do you think of the new CSA SMS public display?

FMCSA's enhancements to the CSA Safety Measurement System's public face included a de-emphasizing of carrier category scores on the front page of carrier profiles. Is it a masterful facelift, lipstick on a pig or do you have other thoughts about it? Tell us here.

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Changes to CSA’s SMS site go live, aim to better illustrate scores’ relationship to crash risk

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability program’s carrier rankings site — the Safety Measurement System — has been redesigned and has some new features, which went live Aug. 2. Here's what's changed.

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CSA’s Safety Measurement System site getting redesign, new features in August

One of the key goals of the redesign is to better highlight elements of the SMS that actually correlate with crash risk, FMCSA says.

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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: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

Overdrive's 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

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POLL: Should carrier CSA scores be withheld from public view?

Given CSA problems shown by various reports this year and last, should BASIC scores be withheld from public view? If so, should inspection/violation data remain accessible? Tell us what you think here.

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GAO CSA report fallout: More small-carrier inspections on the way?

Some watchers feel that "reprioritizing" inspection criteria to grab and tie up more and more of the "little guys" among carriers on the road might be the onerous result of the GAO's focus on lack of data.

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You read it here first: CSA’s built-in unfairness

With the March and May issue installments of Overdrive's CSA Data Trail stories, Senior Editor Todd Dills scooped GAO's report this week by at least seven months.

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CSA display-changes comment period ends Jan. 4

Few comments have been filed on the public docket surrounding FMCSA's CSA display changes; those from owner-operators have largely focused on bedrock data-quality issues.

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FMCSA’s enforcement authority growth spurt

With the Unified Registration System at final rule status and in implementation phase, some watchers see a future powerful tool for FMCSA in its efforts to target noncompliant carriers.

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