Comprehensive CSA Benchmark Report Expected in January 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. -- TransCore announced that within days after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) releases the publically available Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) scores, freight brokers, 3PLs and shippers can get a carrier audit courtesy of TransCore CarrierWatch, incorporating the new CSA 2010 “BASIC” scores. The FMCSA recently stated that it will not release the CSA 2010 BASIC scores before Sunday, December 12th.
“Brokers, 3PLs, or shippers who want to see how their preferred carriers have fared under the new CSA scoring system can obtain a free carrier audit from TransCore CarrierWatch” “Brokers, 3PLs, or shippers who want to see how their preferred carriers have fared under the new CSA scoring system can obtain a free carrier audit from TransCore CarrierWatch,” said David Schrader, TransCore Freight Solutions senior vice president. “We also intend to publish a monthly benchmark of CSA scores as part of TransCore Trendlines for interstate, for-hire carriers so that brokers, 3PLs and shippers can see the distribution of CSA scores across the industry. This can help determine relative risk as brokers, 3PLs, and shippers develop carrier qualification and hiring criteria.”
CSA, or Comprehensive Safety Analysis, is a nationwide safety program that includes standard measurements for each of seven Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Industry analysts predict that nearly two-thirds of carriers will be found deficient in at least one of the seven safety metrics.
Brokers, third-party logistics (3PL) companies and shippers have been held liable in the past for negligent hiring of carriers with poor safety records. With the new safety rules, companies should review the new CSA data on carriers they have hired in the past, and adapt their due diligence procedures for carrier qualification in the future. TransCore CarrierWatch provides all the necessary information on insurance, DOT authority and CSA safety scores in an at-a-glance format that enables transportation companies to hire and qualify carriers quickly and thoroughly.
CarrierWatch subscribers can monitor any of the 500,000 carriers in TransCore’s DAT Directory and receive automated alerts of any changes in a carrier’s DOT authority, CSA 2010 scores, and insurance certificates. CarrierWatch has enhanced fraud protection, notifying shippers and freight brokers when a transportation company has operated under multiple names in an attempt to shield its identity.