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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.”

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