FMCSA Moves to Fix CSA Data Problem

December 2, 2013

By Oliver Patton

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving to fix a long-time problem in its CSA safety enforcement system.

The agency is asking for comments on a plan to start including in its CSA database the results of court rulings on carrier challenges of roadside inspection citations.

It’s been a problem because the citation shows up in the carrier’s record at the agency but a subsequent dismissal of the citation by a court does not make it into the system.

To solve the problem, the agency wants to change the Motor Carrier Management Information System to accommodate the results of a court’s finding.

Specifically, the change would accept information concerning a violation that was dismissed or the carrier found not guilty. In that case, the original violation would be removed from the CSA database.

If the citation is changed or reduced to a lesser charge, the CSA file would say so and adjust the carrier’s safety score.

If the original charge is upheld, the violation would remain in the system.

“These changes will improve the uniformity and quality of data vital improving safety on the Nation’s roads,” the agency said in its announcement.

Comments are due by Jan. 2, 2014.


  1. 1. Roger [ December 02, 2013 @ 07:27PM ]

    The arrogance of FMCSA A$$holes is unbelievable. Why has it taken years for this to happen.

  2. 2. BarbRRB [ December 03, 2013 @ 06:49AM ]

    Guilty first?? Prove innocence? Only in FMCSA.....
    Think this is wrong. FMCSA is out for money and not safety. Trucking companies are doomed either way with this system.

  3. 3. Vince [ December 04, 2013 @ 09:38AM ]

    Finally, Byrd said improving driver respect is a cause he plans to champion during his tenure as ATA chairman. “These incredible men and women — US trucking fleet drivers — they brave the dark of night, the ice and snow of the mountain peaks, the heat of the desert, the congestion of America’s highways everyday to deliver America’s goods,” he said. “Everything we need, want and desire comes to you by truck. These brave men and women, these incredible individuals, are disrespected at every turn. When they go to our shippers’ door to pick up, their time is disrespected, they don’t have adequate facilities. Then they get that load secured and get that bill of lading in-hand and go out on the public highway system. And because the motoring public doesn’t understand how we operate as an industry, they are disrespected by the people we share the roads with…when they arrive at our consignees to deliver the goods they receive much of the same disrespect when they loaded the freight. We have to change that. They deserve better. I believe that until we restore the respect that our drivers deserve we can’t expect people to come into our industry to be mistreated and misunderstood.”

  4. 4. Vince [ December 04, 2013 @ 09:41AM ]

    Just repeating whats been said and it rang true to me hope it rings your bell the same


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