FMCSA Outlines CSA’s Safety Benefits to Congressional Committee
July 13, 2012
On July 11, 2012, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator
Bill Bronrott testified about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program
before the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Small Business. Deputy
Bronrott’s written testimony discusses CSA’s safety benefits and its
impact on small businesses, and is posted on FMCSA’s Website. Some of the key points of the testimony
are listed below:
- Independent analysis indicates the CSA Safety Measurement System (SMS)
is a significant improvement over prior systems to effectively
meet FMCSA’s Congressional mandate to investigate high-risk carriers.
- The CSA SMS is effectively monitoring the motor carrier industry. The 200,000 carriers
with sufficient data to be scored in the SMS are involved in 93% of the crashes
reported to FMCSA.
- The CSA SMS is not biased against small business. While carriers with 5 or less
power units make up over 85% of the industry, 93% of these small carriers do not
score poorly in any area of the SMS.
- Analysis of the CSA interventions model demonstrated an overall 35% increase in
the number of carriers reached per Safety Investigator. CSA uses Onsite Focused
Investigations and warning letters, which are effective in improving compliance
and less intrusive and time-consuming for motor carriers.
- From CSA rollout in December 2010 until the end of 2011, violations per roadside
inspection declined by 8% and driver violations per inspection declined by 10%.
This the most significant improvement in violation rates in the last 10 years.
The Agency is committed to continuous improvement of the CSA program. In fact, five
enhancements to SMS are currently being previewed by motor carriers
based on specific industry and enforcement personnel feedback since SMS rollout
in December 2010. These proposed enhancements are outlined in the
Federal Docket Management System and were the topic of a recent
public webinar series held by the Agency. Overall, 670 participants listened in,
many of whom have expressed positive feedback. The presentation is now available
to everyone on the CSA
The CSA program has already shown many safety benefits and FMCSA will continue finding
ways to make our roads safer.