CSA has been live for our nation’s motor carriers since December 2010.  However, it has never been used to directly affect the highest level safety status of a motor carrier – the Safety Fitness Determination.  Currently a motor carrier is classified by the FMCSA as Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory.  These ratings have never been directly determined by a motor carrier’s CSA scores.  Instead CSA scores are used to identify motor carriers as likely targets for FMCSA interventions or audits.

That may be about to change.

According to an article written by Sean Kilcarr and recently published on FleetOwner.com, CSA scores may directly determine a motor carrier Safety Fitness Determination once the FMCSA clears regulatory hurdles.

“Currently the SFD is only tied to onsite investigations and a revised SFD would use roadside data as well as investigative data,” Jack Van Steenburg, FMCSA’s assistant administrator and chief safety officer explained. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to make that change is expected sometime in 2014, Steenburg added.

Read the whole article here.