Since the beginning of the recent Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, it is has certainly impacted the US trucking industry. This program, managed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), provides safety scores on trucking carriers, and bus operators. And best of all, the safety scores are available online for the public to use, as well as law enforcement. Some consider the CSA to be a game-changer by providing companies that are shipping freight by truck with safety information. There might even be freight forwarders who use the CSA program to locate carrier partners with the best safety score. This includes finding companies that can ship freight truckloads and LTL. And the CSA has been proven for its effectiveness. It has been the most comprehensive safety score program from the FMCSA.
Some people stand opposed to this vital program. Industry leaders, including representatives from the American Trucking Association and the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, have publicly complained about the CSA program. They condemned the program as being terribly flawed by unfairly labeling carriers with the scores. They say that the CSA program is inaccurate and does not reflect safety changes made by the carriers.
A Congressman recently proposed the Safer Trucks and Buses Act. This bill calls to end the CSA program immediately. The bill opens the way for a replacement program, but the Congressman offers no concrete examples for a new program. For those companies that use trucking, it might be wise to stay tuned to the news to see if this bill passes and what the future of the CSA program holds.