FMCSAThe FMCSA’s Subcommittee on CSA met this week in Alexandria, Virginia and identified the top three biggest issues with the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program.  They are, in order:

  1. Addressing Crash Fault and Preventability
  2. Public Display of SMS Scores
  3. Data Quality Problems

An article by Todd Dills at Overdrive magazine discusses the subcommittee’s findings and recommendations HERE.  Very interesting read. An excerpt:

“Using all information that the Agency has before it,” draft recommendations read, “FMCSA should exclude crash data for which there is a clear determination of not-at-fault” or non-preventability on the accident report or elsewhere “for purposes of computing a carrier’s Crash Indicator BASIC score.”


“I’ve referred to [CSA] as a ‘work in progress’ before, and have somewhat been chastised because of that,” said Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. But, he added, “these are things that diminish the value of the product.”


Will this impact the direction of CSA going forward?  Crash preventability has been mentioned an on-going concern for CSA numerous times in the Vigillo blog as well – for example here.