A good title says a lot, and this week’s GAO report on FMCSA’s CSA and its faulty SMS does fairly well: “Modifying the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program Would Improve the Ability to Identify High Risk Carriers.”
If you harbor any doubt about GAO’s conclusions, you can review the 100-plus-page document. Or you can review the much shorter, but still in-depth reporting by Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills. With the March (“Inconsistent enforcement”) and May (“Crashes and interventions”) issue installments of our CSA Data Trail series, Dills scooped GAO by at least seven months and nailed many of the same major points that GAO does.
Check the story titles below, this time from our coverage, and you’ll see other angles on the CSA mess GAO addresses. These and other stories, as well as an interactive U.S. map plotting inspection intensity measurements, violation priorities, crash intensity and more by state, can be found at our comprehensive CSA Data Trail site, shared with sister publication Commercial Carrier Journal.
FMCSA has been hearing bits and pieces of these and other criticisms of CSA for years. Let’s hope the detailed account of the program’s flaws accelerates needed changes.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.