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The New CSA/IRT Scorecard

The New CSA/IRT Scorecard

The Next Generation of CSA

Introducing the new CSA/IRT Scorecard

The new CSA will measure a motor carrier’s

Safety Culture with a single score

CSA is undergoing major changes and almost everything we know about CSA—severity weights, time weights, BASIC measures and Safety Event Groups—will no longer factor into the new scoring methodology under the FMCSA’s planned 2019 release.

Our new IRT/CSA Scorecard provides you access to your new CSA Safety Culture Score—an entire year ahead of the FMCSA planned release date.

Establish Your Safety Score NOW!

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Be the first to know your CSA Safety Culture Score

The two-year look back is already in effect. We are offering you visibility into your new CSA Safety Culture Score to help you get ahead of how it measures your company’s safety culture—and show you what you can do now to prepare.

CSA Safety Culture Score

The new CSA FAST Act Score Model utilizes Item Response Theory (IRT) methodology and almost completely changes the building blocks of the current CSA scoring model.

It more accurately measures a company’s Safety Culture as your new score is based on inspections, violations and violation groups, and also factors in relevant variables such as drivers, inspections, VMTs, number of power units and more.

BASIC Comparison Scores

Get a side-by-side view of your current  CSA scores next to your new CSA/IRT  scores and start to understand the new  CSA scoring model.

Violation Groups

See your activity by violation group. The new  methodology identifies the same possible 945  CSA violations and assigns them to one of 66  violation groups. These groups are assigned  across the BASICs.

Industry Benchmark

How do you rank in the Exposure Risk Index?  See how you stack up against like motor  carriers in the industry and where you rank  amongst your peers for safety culture.

Violation Group Detail

Get the big picture with violation count, two  year timeline, severity indicator, and violations  falling off. See where you need to focus to  maintain or improve your CSA Safety Culture Score.

Violation Detail

Drill down to the specific list of individual  violations that make up your overall violation  count in any given group.

Driver Detail

The driver detail page will show you violation, date and location by driver.

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FMCSA submits CSA overhaul plan to Congress

FMCSA submits CSA overhaul plan to Congress

Here we go!!!

As reported this morning by our friends at CCJ: FMCSA submits CSA overhaul plan to Congress…read more.

Almost three years since the FAST Act demanded CSA Reforms, looks like FMCSA is rolling it out.

Major changes pending to CSA methodology; Vigillo, a SambaSafety Company has been working in parallel to ensure we are ready this year to help customers interpret and act on the new scores and move Beyond Compliance with the right combination of data and Wisdom Deployed.

Are you ready for this?

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Motor Carrier Survey – for MC&E

Hello everyone, Our biggest annual event is upon us.  The American Trucking Assn’s Management Conference and Exhibition (MCE) starts tomorrow in Orlando, FL.  On Sunday morning, I will be participating in a panel discussion of the changes to CSA that have been suggested by the National Academies in the CSA Reform study they completed in June.

One of the recommendations made is to implement a new statistical model into CSA called Item Response Theory (IRT).  In my session Sunday morning at MC&E at 9:45 AM in room W305AB (shameless plug, please attend if you’re here), I will be using the results of a silly surey to explain fundamentally how IRT works.  I could use your help, I need some data.  Please click the survey link below and answer the 10 survey questions.  Make up a nickname, its totally anonymous.  I’ll use the aggregate responses, along with some specific right/wrong responses and show how IRT analyzes things like survey questions and map that to how IRT might do a better job of analyzing vioilation data in CSA.


Appreciate your help, see you Sunday morning in Orlando.



CSA Reform Status – Vigillo Comments


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Panel on the Review of the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) Program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Initial Comments by Steve Bryan, President & Founder of Vigillo, A SambaSafety Company

June 28, 2017

Yesterday, June 27, 2017, 18 months after the FAST Act removed CSA Scores from public view, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) published their preliminary findings outlining their recommendations to reform the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program we all know and love as CSA.

Their 132 page report starts with a nod to the FMCSA for the work they have done on CSA and for the funding for this study (amount undisclosed).  NAS starts by thanking Joseph DeLorenzo, director, FMCSA Office of Enforcement and Compliance, for his presentations, which were not just useful, but “enormously useful”, way to go Joe!

That was followed by acknowledgements to the other twenty-five presenters the first of which was yours truly (it was alphabetical). We are all thanked but our contributions are not characterized on a usefulness scale.  Item Response Theory (IRT) applied to the relative informational value of each of us would have been nice, but hey, more on that later.

NAS categorizes their report into the following four sections:

  1. Assessment of the Current Safety Measurement System
  2. A More Natural Statistical Model
  3. Data Improvements
  4. Transparency, Reproducibility, and Public Disclosure of Safety Rankings

In one paragraph, I’ll summarize. My take on this entire 132 page report is stated as follows.

“Good job FMCSA on what you have done with CSA so far, we (NAS) give you a solid 5 out of 10 for your efforts so far.  But there needs to be a sound statistical model applied to replace the ad hoc nature of how CSA is formulated today. More, and more reliable data needs to be gathered, and the data utilized needs to be more transparent and software developed to make such data more useful by all stakeholders.  Only then should CSA Scores be released to the public.”


National Academies CSA Reform Report to be Released Tuesday

NAS Building


Happy Friday everybody,

It seems to be pretty rock solid now that the CSA Reform Report, 18 months in the making, will be released to the press on Monday, and the Public on Tuesday, June 27.

I’ll be reading the report as soon as I can get a hold of it, I have a team at Vigillo ready to dive into it, and we’ll be issuing comments by Wednesday, perhaps sooner.  Watch this blog for those comments.  Where possible, we’ll be running the numbers in addition to issuing opinions.

I posted a status report last December HERE and outlined the 8 items that the FAST Act cited as areas that need review.  Those 8 areas of reform are:

Reform Requirements

1. The accuracy with which the BASIC’s identify high risk carriers and predict or are correlated with future crash risk, crash severity, or other safety indicators for motor carriers. (Safety Event Groups)

2. The accuracy of safety data, including the use of crash data from crashes in which a motor carrier was free from fault. (Crash Accountability)

3. Whether BASIC percentiles for carriers of passengers should be calculated separately from motor carriers of freight. (Freight vs Passenger systems)

4. The differences in the rates at which violations are reported to the FMCSA by various enforcement authorities, including States, territories, and Federal inspectors (State Difference)

5. How members of the public use the SMS and what effect making the SMS information public has had on reducing crashes

6. Whether the SMS provides comparable precision and confidence, through SMS alerts and percentiles, for the relative crash risk of individual large and small motor carriers;  (Small Carriers largely unscored)

7. Whether alternatives to the SMS would identify high risk carriers more accurately

8. FMCSA has fully implemented or satisfactorily addressed the issues raised in the report titled ‘‘Modifying the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program Would Improve the Ability to Identify High Risk Carriers’’ of the GAO dated February 2014.

As I conduct my review, these are the areas I’ll be looking for action.

Have a good weekend, I’ll talk to you all early next week


The Ties That Bind – Roadcheck 2017

You walk cool, but darlin’, can you walk the line…And face the ties that bind
Bruce Springsteen – The Ties That Bind (1980)

Roadcheck 2017 with its focus on Cargo Securement will run June 6-8, 2017.  Several weeks after that, we’ll have the data to report on the results, but I thought it might be interesting to give a little sneak peek into the current state of violation trends and into Cargo Securement violations specifically.

The following chart shows the historical trend of all Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections and Violations since CSA (Compliance, Safety, and Accountability) launched, starting in January 2010.  The spikes that occur early each June (orange) represent the rather dramatic increase in Inspections that occur during the inspection blitz that CVSA calls Roadcheck.  Commercial Vehicle Enforcement puts in overtime for three intensive days of large truck inspections during the annual Roadcheck weekend. The accompanying spike in violations (blue) are of course the result of this heightened enforcement effort. Lesser known, but just as predictable is the downward spike in Inspections and Violations that occur in the middle of each December.  CVSA does not officially name this program, we call it Christmas.

CHART 1 Historical Inspection and Violation Trends by Week

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