WHAT IS CSA? - A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program to improve commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety and
ultimately reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.
|Driver Fitness, Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving, Controlled Substances/Alcohol
& Vehicle Maintenance Infractions are being recorded!
|COMPLIANCE SAFETY ACCOUNTABLITY
THE PURPOSE OF CSA:
1. Increase the opportunity to have contact with more carriers and drivers
2. Use more and better data to improve performance measurements for identifying high risk carrier and driver behaviors
3. Apply a wide range of interventions to correct these high risk behaviors before they become chronic and habitual.
Measurement - would group the safety performance data of motor carriers and drivers into seven categories, called BASICs – Behavioral
Analysis Safety Improvement Categories. The data would be scored and weighted based on its relationship to crash causation. Based on a
carrier’s score within each BASIC, the measurement system would trigger when the Agency should begin to intervene with a motor carrier, and
when its performance has reached the proposed “unfit” threshold.
Intervention – Once the measurement system signals the need to intervene, CSA would draw upon a broad array of progressive interventions
that are designed to advise the motor carrier or driver that their safety performance has come to the government’s attention. These steps are
meant to improve unsafe behavior early.
Safety Evaluation – Safety fitness determination would be based on performance data processed through the measurement system, and would
not necessarily be tied to the current FMCSA compliance review. Depending on the motor carrier’s BASIC scores, the safety fitness
determination could be “continue to operate,” “marginal” (with ongoing intervention), or proposed “unfit.” Each motor carrier or driver for which
there is sufficient data would receive a safety fitness determination that would be updated every 30 days
COMPASS – CSA is closely aligned with COMPASS, an FMCSA-wide initiative that is leveraging new technology to transform the way that
FMCSA does business. By optimizing FMCSA business processes and improving the Agency’s IT functionality, COMPASS will help FMCSA and
State enforcement personnel make better decisions, identify high-risk carriers and drivers more effectively, and apply a wider range of
interventions to correct high-risk behavior early.
|There are four major elements to CSA
Measurement - Intervention - Safety Evaluation - Information Technology (COMPASS)
Under this initiative, the penalties for being found out of compliance are harsh: costly fines, corrective action
plans, or even having your operations suspended due to “unfit” status.
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