FMCSA Under Pressure to Change CSA Scoring

March 26, 2015

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The American Trucking Associations urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to make “common sense changes” to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability scoring system by removing crashes not caused by trucking companies or their drivers.

The FMCSA currently includes all crashes in its CSA scoring, factoring in accidents not caused by a commercial vehicle. The ATA sited several examples in a release including a March 20th crash where a car carrying three people was driving the wrong way on a highway and hit a truck.

The ATA believes that the goal of the CSA should be to identify whether an accident is an indicator of future of other likely crashes. “Being struck by another motorist does not make one more likely to strike others,” the ATA stated.

The FMCSA currently removes such crashes from consideration when assigning a company’s official safety rating after an audit, but does not make the change to the publicly available CSA data. The ATA wants the FMCSA to use its limited auditing resources to identify and select the accidents only where a company or driver was at fault to use in the CSA score.

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) introduced legislation in opposition of the FMCSA’s publishing of flawed CSA data until the scoring system is fixed, according to a report from Barletta unsuccessfully pushed the same bill forward last year, called the Safer Truck and Buses Act.

Barletta re-filed the legislation this year because he felt the Department of Transportation had not been addressing the complaints about CSA.

“FMCSA’s failure to address this real flaw is especially egregious in light of its push to make CSA scores easier for the public to access,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO. “We have raised this issue and Congress has raised this issue. It is time for FMCSA to do what it knows is right make this common sense change.”


  1. 1. BarbRRB [ March 27, 2015 @ 05:47AM ]

    I keep asking HOW can a Government agency be so arrogant. This is not about safety, if it was, the interstates would be safer. They say Common sense changes? That will never happen. It is all about the all mighty dollar and what a computer said anymore.

  2. 2. Becky [ March 27, 2015 @ 08:09AM ]

    One of our trucks was hit by a drunk driver coming across a divided highway (airborne) in front of them. It clipped the front of the truck causing it to overturn and lay in the highway. Another truck came over the hill and hit our trailer. We were assessed TWO separate accidents on our CSA. It is a ridiculous program.

  3. 3. Tim C [ March 27, 2015 @ 09:32AM ]

    "There is one thing in the world more wicked than the desire to command, and that is the will to obey.-- William Kingdon Clifford

    The ATA shows its spinelessness once again by asking for “common sense changes” to CSA instead of pushing for the complete elimination of it.
    You do not fight for a more efficient control of your life by government. You fight for freedom from its unnecessary heavy-handed overreach into it.

  4. 4. Stormy [ March 28, 2015 @ 07:38AM ]

    Tim... Very well said.


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