To say that truck drivers aren’t too happy about the CSA system is a bit of an understatement. At best, most truckers think that the CSA scoring system is ineffective, and at worst, a federal government money grab designed to push small carriers out of business.
Where do you stand on it?
The CSA Scoring system is based on seven categories of “Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs):
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Cargo Related
- Crash Indicator
The FMCSA created the scoring system with the ultimate goal in mind to reduce crashes and fatalities caused by commercial vehicles on public roadways. The problem, most truckers know, is that fatalities caused directly by negligence of professional drivers is rare – most years as low as 22%. So they counter that the CSA system is trying to solve a problem that isn’t that great of a problem to begin with.
So now we come to you, truck drivers. We’re interested to hear stories about key violations that you received while on the road that you felt were unjustified enough to fight through the legal system.
- What were your first steps?
- Who did you turn to for help?
- How long did the process take?
- What were the results?
You can be as specific as you wish, but you can also just give us the summary of your experience. You can post your answer below in the form provided, or just send us your thoughts directly to [email protected]
Thanks for all your help, truck drivers!