Are The CSA’s BASIC Scores Worth The Paper They’re Printed On?


Earlier this month, the American Transportation Research Institute published its report examining the correlation between a motor carrier’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability scores and its actual rate of crash involvement. It determined that two of the five BASICs fail to correctly indicate a carrier’s crash risk. The Controlled Substances and Alcohol BASIC and the Driver Fitness BASIC are the basics in question.

The ATA pounced on the report, saying ““ATA has been supportive of the objective of CSA – to reduce commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities – since the program’s inception. However, ATA has significant concerns with the program in its current form.”

“First, FMCSA must acknowledge that CSA scores are often not a reliable predictor of future crash risk,” said Scott Mugno, speaking on behalf of the American Trucking Association. “Second, the agency must confirm that CSA’s highest priority should be to focus on the least safe carriers. And finally, FMCSA must establish a specific plan to develop and implement the changes necessary to ensure that the system functions as intended.”

Now FMSCA has fought back saying that the ATRI report actually shows evidence supporting the program’s effectiveness. Where they’re getting this idea from, I’m not sure, but you can see for yourself at the CSA’s website here.

Source: overdriveonline

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