What you need to know about CSA Scores and How to Check Them

Importance

CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scores are important because it determines if you’re a high risk driver. The way this score works is that a lower score is better, and a high CSA score will put you on the FMCSA’s watch list. A score of 65 or greater will result in a warning letter and in some situations higher scores will receive an out-of-service order that shuts down operations. The CSA uses the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to collect and report data. The SMS’s purpose is to identify high-risk motor carriers and to recognise motor carriers with patterns of compliance issues and driving performance.

How Is The Score Determined

Like a credit score, CSA scores are updated monthly. Your score is determined by seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) which include: unsafe driving, reported crashes, HOS compliance, controlled substance and alcohol, driver fitness, and hazardous materials compliance. Please note that for reported crashes, even if the driver isn’t at fault,  your CSA score will still be effected.

Why Your CSA Score Matters

CSA scores matter because it’s purpose is to keep drivers and carriers safe and accountable on the road. For drivers, your score can help determine if you get a job or not. On the other hand, for carriers your CSA score matters because the higher the score means more inspections, and higher insurance premiums. It’s important to check your score regularly and encourage your drivers to always drive safely.

How To Improve Your CSA Score

The FMCSA gives 5 tips to help improve scores. Tip #1, Ensure compliance by being knowledgeable of all regulations. Secondly, understand how your safety management contributes to your safety issues. Thirdly, when there’s a change to your companies profile, check and update your MCS-150 carrier registration information. Tip #4, review your inspection and crash reports–request corrections as needed. Last but not least, educate your company on the regulations and best practices. To check your score visit csa.fmcsa.dot.gov

How Ezlogz Can Help Your Score 

Ezlogz offers our own scorecard that measures connectivity, HOS, harsh brakes, hard accelerations and miles. Our score is based out of 100 points, and the higher the better. The account owner can view all their driver’s scores and see the exact location where they may be braking hard, which also shows how fast they were going. In 45 days Ezlogz is releasing a dash cam that monitors facial expressions and will alert drivers when they become sleepy or distracted. Stay tuned for more information!

Source: https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/HelpCenter/Index.aspx#faq30905