The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) publishes a periodical called “Guardian”. In the most recent edition, there is a feature article titled “Three Years of CSA Brings Impressive Safety Accomplishments: FMCSA Program Engages Stakeholders in Saving Lives”
The article, which can be found in it’s entirety by clicking HERE, lists a series of notable accomplishments:
- “Data from roadside inspections show motor carriers and drivers have improved their safety compliance. Additionally, vehicle and driver violations per roadside inspection are on the decline.
- “…(FMCSA) shut down 52 bus companies and placed 340 operators out of service. Inspectors targeted these carriers for investigation using the CSA prioritization protocols.
- “CSA interventions range from warning letters for carriers with emerging problems to Onsite Comprehensive Investigations for carriers with serious compliance issues.
- “…FMSCA has sent warning letters to more than 86,000 carriers, alerting them to safety performance problems”
- “Motor carrier awareness is at an all-time high with 68 million visits to the CSA’s Safety Management System (SMS) site – 20 million over the year before and twice the number of visits [from] two years ago.
- “…data from at least 3.5 million inspections and 130,000 Police Accident Reports fee into the SMS to identify noncompliant and at-risk carriers.
What’s coming next? The FMCSA is working on two new studies: one to validate whether the current models are properly prioritizing the carriers with the highest risk to safety, and the other examines the effectiveness of current interventions — are the interventions having the right impact? Also scheduled for later this year is the expectation that the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule will be published allowing more carriers to be targeted and removed from service.
From a carrier’s perspective, it’s important to be keenly aware of your present BASIC scores, and be working on ways to keep those scores as low as possible. The Bookend BASICS are key to keeping everything under control (Unsafe Driving and monitoring your Crash Rates). We’ve previously published articles on these “Bookend BASICs” at this site.