CSA Scores Gone. Now What?

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FMCSA wasted no time in removing CSA scores from public view after passage of the new highway funding bill last Friday. CSA scores were gone within hours after the president signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Although the FAST Act directed the FMCSA to remove certain CSA data, it appears that all CSA information is unavailable for carriers—except those who transport passengers. A note on the FMCSA’s website explains, “While the agency is not prohibited from displaying all of the data, no information will be available for property carriers while appropriate changes are made.”

The screenshot below shows CSA data for a specific carrier displayed on the morning of Friday, Dec. 4. Below that, you'll see that by Monday, Dec. 7, the data had been removed and replaced with a notice from FMCSA.

Changes to DAT’s carrier monitoring service

Because DAT Solutions will no longer receive CSA data from FMCSA, in the coming days we will be removing CSA scores from DAT CarrierWatch®, our subscription-based carrier monitoring service. CSA scores will also be removed from the DAT Directory, which lists information on all DAT customers. The DAT Directory is included at no charge with DAT load boards.

We will be monitoring FMCSA’s moves with regards to CSA. If the agency chooses to release portions of CSA data to the public in the future—which the law allows—we will work with them to identify a source for that data and we’ll consider publishing it as well.

If you have any questions, or if you have any special needs related to carrier monitoring data, please call us at 800-547-5417 or email Customer Support.

What’s your opinion?

For years, trucking industry groups have argued that FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability scores don’t accurately reflect a carrier’s accident risk.

What’s your opinion? Are you happy that the FMCSA has removed CSA scores from public view? Was it flawed data that merely opened the door to negligent selection lawsuits, or was CSA data useful for vetting carriers? Tell us what you think in the comments section, below.



Pat Pitz

Pat Pitz is the editor of the DAT Solutions freight broker newsletter. He has nearly 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor. Before joining DAT, he spent 8 years at a Portland advertising and public relations agency, where he wrote newsletters and other content for a variety of high-profile clients, including several in the trucking industry.



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