CSA

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March 29, 2013

Truck Driver Input Wanted for Survey about CSA Impacts

The American Transportation Research Institute, a non-profit trucking research organization, has launched its third annual commercial driver survey to identify impacts on trucking operations, as well as driver perceptions and attitudes toward the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance Safety and Accountability program.

March 27, 2013

Survey Shows Fleet Use of E-logs, CSA Compliance Methods and Costs along with Expansion Plans

Newly released results from a survey of fleets show more are adopting e-logs to monitor driver compliance with hours-of-service regulations. The survey also reveals what they are doing and how much it costs to comply with the CSA program, as well as plans for adding capacity that include more plan to add independent contractor drivers.

March 26, 2013

How Does CSA Affect Small Carriers?

Despite all of the folklore that has been built around it, at its core, CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is simply a program used by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to track and evaluate carriers based on compliance and crash history. Carriers that do not score well in the system are the ones FMCSA will spend time warning or investigating.

March 15, 2013

Inspector Detector

Required driver pre-trip inspections have garnered more attention under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Compliance, Safety, Accountability enforcement program. And it’s not only the actual inspections you need to think about – it’s also the paperwork component.

February 14, 2013

Con-way Communicates Safety

With the advent of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s flagship Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, a new premium was put on safety. This required a number of fleets to focus on the issue like never before.

February 13, 2013

Report Summarizes Car-Truck Contribution/Fault in Serious Crashes

A new report released by the American Trucking Associations summarizes the car-truck relative contribution/fault findings of several large-scale studies.

February 7, 2013

ATA Renews Call for FMCSA to Implement Crash Accountability

The American Trucking Associations reiterated its call for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to immediately establish a process to remove from motor carriers’ records crashes where it was plainly evident that the carrier was not to blame.

February 5, 2013

Accident Specialist Casts Doubt on Reliability of Police Reports

Police accident reports are not reliable enough to determine who’s at fault in truck crashes for the CSA safety enforcement system, according to an accident reconstruction specialist during a CSA advisory panel meeting Tuesday. Washington Editor Oliver B. Patton reports.

January 31, 2013

CVSA Offers 2013 Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook

The 2013 edition of the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria Handbook and Pictorial is now available for order from CVSA.

January 28, 2013

Motor Carriers Make Adjustments While CSA is Fine-Tuned

In December, the FMCSA made good on its commitment to Congress to install refinements to the CSA initiative by implementing 11 changes to the Safety Measurement System. J.J. Keller's Bob Rose has more details.

January 24, 2013

MCSAC Subcommittee Will Hold Third Meeting on CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold a meeting of its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's subcommittee on the Compliance Safety and Accountability program on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5 and 6

January 16, 2013

DOT Inspector General Commences CSA Audit

Following up on a request from Congress, the Department of Transportation's Inspector General has begin work on an audit of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. The agency is going to look into the quality of CSA data used to evaluate carrier performance, said Assistant Inspector General Joseph Comé this week in a memo to Anne Ferro, chief of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

January 16, 2013

A Trio of Trucking Resolutions

Highway funding, driver respect and fixing CSA are on HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge's wish list for 2013.

January 16, 2013

A Look at CSA After Two Years

In the two years it has been up and running, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrations Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has demonstrated many flaws and shortcomings. But the program is credited with the signal achievement of shining a brighter light on truck safety.

January 10, 2013

FMCSA Releases Safety Management Cycle Resources

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released new materials to assist motor carriers in identifying and addressing their safety and compliance issues. These materials include the Safety Management Cycle, an important tool that Agency Safety Investigators use during on-site investigations.

January 8, 2013

CSA Changes Mean More Attention to Maintenance Items Than Ever

The latest revision to the way the federal government assesses fleet safety and compliance will mean the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC just got more important than ever

January 8, 2013

Troubleshooting Trailer Lights

One of the most common reasons for an officer to pull a driver over is for a faulty light. Below are some basic guidelines on how to troubleshoot some of the problems that may arise with a trailer lighting system

January 6, 2013

FMCSA Implements CSA Improvements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented a number of improvements to its CSA safety enforcement program, including dropping the Cargo-Related BASIC and adding a new Hazardous Materials BASIC that is expected to put more scrutiny on carriers hauling hazmat

January 6, 2013

CSA Advisory Committee Takes on Daunting Analysis

The advisory committee that is preparing recommendations on the CSA enforcement program for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a dense thicket to chop through

January 2, 2013

To DataQ or Not to DataQ...That is the Question

HNI's Don Jerrell shares what he learned about DataQs (FMCSA's method of challenging erroneous CSA points) at a recent ATA Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council meeting.

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