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Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA)

Get Your Free Report(CSA) is a major Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Agency’s compliance and enforcement programs. Its goal is to achieve a greater reduction in large truck and bus crashes, injuries, and fatalities, while maximizing the resources of FMCSA and its State partners.

There are four major elements to CSA – 1-measurement, 2-intervention, 3-safety evaluation, and information technology - 4-COMPASS.

1)- The measurement system would group the safety performance data of motor carriers and drivers into seven categories, called BASICs – Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories. The seven BASICs are:

  • (1) Unsafe Driving,

  • (2) Fatigued Driving/HOS Compliance,

  • (3) Driver Fitness,

  • (4) Controlled Substances/Alcohol,

  • (5) Vehicle Maintenance, Improper Loading/Cargo

  • (6) HAZMAT Compliance

  • (7) Crash Indicator.

The data would be scored and weighted based on its relationship to crash causation. Based on a carrier’s score within each BASIC, the measurement system would trigger when the Agency should begin to intervene with a motor carrier, and when its performance has reached the proposed “unfit” threshold.

2)- Intervention – Once the measurement system signals the need to intervene, CSA would draw upon a broad array of progressive interventions that are designed to advise the motor carrier or driver that their safety performance has come to the government’s attention. These steps are meant to improve unsafe behavior early.

These include:

  • Warning Letter

  • Targeted Roadside Inspection

  • Off-Site Investigation

  • On-Site Investigation - Focused Cooperative Safety Plan Notice of Violation Increasing Severity On-Site Investigation -

  • Comprehensive Notice of Claim/Settlement Agreement

3)- Safety Evaluation – Safety fitness determination would be based on performance data processed through the measurement system, and would not necessarily be tied to the current FMCSA compliance review. Depending on the motor carrier’s BASIC scores, the safety fitness determination could be “continue to operate,” “marginal” (with ongoing intervention), or proposed “unfit.” Each motor carrier or driver for which there is sufficient data would receive a safety fitness determination that would be updated every 30 days.

4)- COMPASS – CSA is closely aligned with COMPASS, an FMCSA-wide initiative that is leveraging new technology to transform the way that FMCSA does business. By optimizing FMCSA business processes and improving the Agency’s IT functionality, COMPASS will help FMCSA and State enforcement personnel make better decisions, identify high-risk carriers and drivers more effectively, and apply a wider range of interventions to correct high-risk behavior early.

It is anticipated that full implementation of CSA by FMCSA will begin on or around June, 2010.

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