CSA Enforcement Still Valid Despite Limited Online Visibility

12/08/15

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Congress approved a final version of the Highway Bill on December 3rd that included among other things, changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Program that they administered. It requires that the program provide the most “reliable” analysis possible. The trucking industry has stated that there are significant problems with the methodology for safety performance calculations and that reportable crash data is spurious at best because the majority of reported crashes were the fault of the other involved party. President Obama signed the bill on Friday and the FMCSA has already taken action on CSA issues.

As of Sunday, December 6th, CSA data is no longer available for public viewing except for passenger transportation fleet data. A PIN number is required to view all CSA/roadside inspection information. The Company Snapshot is still available on Safer. The Snapshot shows a fleet’s out-of-service rates, number of roadside inspections and reportable crashes within the last two years. While this allows outside parties to have a general idea about the safety performance of a specific fleet, the granular data that included specific inspections and violations is not there.

It is not clear whether the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is going to reboot the CSA program and provide parts of the system to public preview or leave access to all of the data to each specific fleet. It is important to note, changes in visibility did not accompany any changes in CSA scoring or enforcement actions. Fleets with deficient scores (Alerts) are still subject to interventions by the FMCSA.

HUB Transportation advisors recommend the following actions be taken by all motor fleets with a federal DOT number:

1. Have your PIN number available and regularly check your CSA data. If you do not have a PIN number, apply for one immediately.

2. Continue to review CSA scores and roadside inspection information regularly. Data Q any violations and/or crashes that are not justified or are incorrect.

3. Review Share your CSA data with your HUB representative. Insurance carriers still have access to data via the CAB report, so it is important that your insurance broker has an understanding of all of the relevant safety data.

4. Address any problematic roadside inspection issues. Make sure that drivers and supervisors understand that out of sight, does not mean that roadside inspection data cannot hurt you.

HUB Transportation advisors can help you navigate the ins and outs of new regulations and assist you in developing plans that improve CSA scores. Contact an advisor today.