What is CSA?  Facts and figures.

CSA is the safety compliance and enforcement program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that holds motor carriers and drivers accountable for their role in safety.  CSA affects motor carriers, including owner-operators, by identifying safety problems to prioritize them for interventions.  CSA affects drivers because their safety performance and compliance impact their safety records, additionally affecting the safety performance score of the carrier they are employed under.

Safety data appears online in the FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).  SMS is updated once a month with data from data that includes roadside inspections, (driver and vehicle violations), crash reports from the last two years and investigation results.

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FMCSA organizes the SMS data into seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs):

The SMS groups carriers by BASIC with other carriers that have a similar number of safety events SMS groups carriers by BASIC(e.g., crashes, inspections, or violations) and then ranks carriers and assigns a percentile score that ranges from 0-100.  Higher scores equal poor performance.

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