Manage CSA Requirements

Manage CSA Requirements

Manage CSA Requirements

CSA (Compliance-Safety-Accountability) is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety measurement system, formerly known as CSA 2010. The CSA was designed to help identify carriers with poor safety management practices and to arm the agency with a new arsenal of intervention methods to manage CSA requirements.

USA Fleet Solutions offers a variety of tools to help drivers and fleets remain compliant and on the road through effective CSA Compliance practices.

CSA Compliance

Even though there are no new laws created under CSA, significant changes in CSA Compliance, safety reporting and enforcement mean significant changes to fleet management. The new CSA requirements means new responsibilities and new concerns for you and your fleet. Whether you are a private fleet or carrier, with one truck or more than 100, that operates vehicles over 10,000 pounds and runs interstate routes (or hazardous materials intrastate) is subject to CSA scrutiny.

According to an annual survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) of more than 4,000 trucking executives, found that government and other regulations account for two of the top three positions. Ranked by order of importance, ATRI’s poll found the top ten issues concerning fleet executives to be:

  1. The U.S. economy
  2. CSA 2010 – CSA Compliance
  3. Government Regulation 2009
  4. Hours of Service Compliance
  5. Driver shortage
  6. Fuel issues
  7. Transportation funding/infrastructure
  8. Onboard truck technology
  9. Environmental issues
  10. Truck size and weight

Not surprisingly, government regulations account for two of the top three concerns for trucking executives.

CSA Compliance Using the BASIC’s

What are the BASICs?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories—BASICs—to determine a motor carrier’s safety performance and compliance relative to other carriers. Five BASICs are publicly available online in the Safety Measurement System (SMS). Crash Indicator and Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance are only available to motor carriers that log into their own safety profile, or enforcement personnel.

Here are the seven BASICs of safety:

  1. Unsafe Driving
  2. Crash Indicator
  3. Hours of Service Compliance
  4. Vehicle Maintenance
  5. Controlled Substances / Alcohol
  6. Hazardous Materials Compliance
  7. Driver Fitness

Related Article: Get Road Smart About the 7 BASICs of Safety

The BASICs organize data from roadside inspections, including driver and vehicle violations, crash reports from the last two years, and investigation results. Violations adversely affect your company’s SMS results for two years and may prioritize your company for an FMCSA intervention, ranging from warning letters to full Onsite Investigations that could result in an Out-of-Service Order (OOSO) or a change to your company’s safety rating.

Your safety performance and compliance impacts your employer’s safety records—and your own. USA Fleet Solutions offers a variety of tools to help ensure that fleet managers and drivers remain in compliance.

Learn More About CSA from the FMCSA Website:

Click on one of the links below to access helpful information regarding managing CSA requirements right from the FMCSA website.

Get the facts regarding CSA right from the FMCSA
Motor Carrier Resource Center
How will CSA affect you?
I got a warning letter, what do I do?

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