CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) is an initiative started by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to improve the safety on our Nation’s highways. CSA is an important part of the trucking and transportation industry, CSA scores hold drivers and carriers accountable for their actions while on the road.
CSA scores can be a little intimidating and confusing to some drivers. Here are a few key facts about CSA:
– CSA scores stay with a driver for 3 years and any company can access a drivers’ score.
– A high CSA score can seriously hinder your ability to get a job.
– Unsafe driving is one of the most common and heavily weighted CSA violations.
– The most common unsafe driving violations and associated points are:
- 6-10 over: 12 points
- 11-14 over: 21 points
- 15+ over: 30 points (15 or more over is considered reckless driving)
Following too closely: 15 points
Improper Lane Change: 15 points
Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device: 15 points
Seatbelt Violation: 21 points
Handheld Device: 30 points
Intervention level is the point where you accumulate too many adverse CSA points in any one of the 7 CSA basic categories (you can be at intervention level in all 7 basics). If you reach intervention level, you will be flagged by the FMCSA, which greatly increases your chance of roadside inspections and being shut down. Here are some tips on how to stay below intervention level:
– One 15 over violation or two 6-10 over violations could put you at intervention level.
– Using a handheld device while driving carries the same score as drinking and driving.
– Indiana, Ohio, and New Mexico are notorious for writing tickets in transition zones. Watch your speed!
– Drive in the right lane as much as possible.
– Wear your seatbelt and make sure that the officer sees you with it on.
– If you take your eyes off the road for one second you can travel over 100 yards. Pay attention!
Help yourself and your career by being knowledgeable about CSA. If you do the little things right and protect your CSA score, you will go a long way in this industry.
Check out our YouTube video for a more detailed explanation of CSA and how to protect your score.