Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety program designed to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes. The program is an enforcement and compliance model that allows the FMCSA and States to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety deficiencies before crashes occur.
The FMCSA publishes the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Based upon these regulations, the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS) measures and scores two years of a carrier’s roadside violation and crash data. Every inspection counts, not just out-of-service violations, and both driver and carrier safety performance are monitored. The information the FMCSA collects on each carrier is then published on a public website and updated monthly. Learn more
Shippers, brokers, project managers, competitors, insurance companies, lawyers, and even the general public will all have access to a carrier’s scores and violation data. Good scores can lead to shippers seeking you out, project managers selecting your bid over a competitor, lower insurance rates, and prove a history of good safety practices. Bad scores can have the opposite effect. Most importantly, bad scores will single a carrier out for a DOT intervention costing the company thousands in fines and wasted time dealing with correcting the issues. Worst case, the intervention can lead to shutting down the trucks.