About CSA - What Is It?
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes,
injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles. It introduces
a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its State Partners
to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety problems
before crashes occur. Rolled out in December 2010, the program establishes a new
nationwide system for making the roads safer for motor carriers and the public alike!
In the development of the CSA program, FMCSA sought to incorporate several key attributes.
FLEXIBILITY – Adapt to a Changing Environment. Accommodates changes
to the transportation environment, such as evolutions in technology and changes
in programmatic responsibilities.
EFFICIENCY – Maximize Use of Resources. Improves Federal and State
enforcement staff productivity, as well as the safety performance of members of
the motor carrier community.
EFFECTIVENESS – Improve Safety Performance. Identifies behaviors
associated with safety risk; focuses compliance, enforcement, and remediation efforts
on those unsafe behaviors.
INNOVATION – Leverage Data and Technology. Improves safety through
the innovative use of technology to track and update safety performance data.
EQUITABILITY – Be Fair and Unbiased. Assesses and evaluates motor
carrier safety and enforces Federal laws and safety regulations to ensure consistent
treatment of similarly situated members of the motor carrier community.