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ATA Pushes for CSA Changes

5/22/2012 5:00:00 PM
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Trucking industry leaders called on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Tuesday to make changes to its safety monitoring system, which they said assigns scores that have little correlation to carriers’ crash risks.

American Trucking Associations said the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has a number of flaws, and asked that the agency improve issues related to crash accountability, research showing links between safety and CSA’s violation categories and the publication of scores in those categories.

“From the outset, ATA has supported FMCSA’s efforts to improve its enforcement capabilities through CSA,� ATA President Bill Graves said in a statement. “However, recently our members have become concerned that the agency has become increasingly unresponsive, even in the face of data and logic.�

In March, FMCSA said it would delay implementing a system that would assign violation points to carriers through CSA that reflected whether a carrier was responsible for a crash.

ATA and the trucking industry have been critical of that decision, which would not take into account which party is at fault in a crash.

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Emil Estafanous, CPA, CFF, CGMA