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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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CSA’s Fallout: Where it’s most difficult to improve CSA scores

The continental United States ranked for each state's likelihood to issue a totally violation-free, or "clean," inspection.

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CSA’s Fallout: Where the inspection action is

The top states ranked for inspection activity; Maryland heads up the intensity rankings as in our analysis last year.

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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: ‘Play the game’ to get out of the lockup

How the team at Old Time Express turned the lock open out of 'safety jail,' reversing its Conditional rating and winning back business.

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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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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 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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