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Learn Why CSA Metrics Are Important

Posted by on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 in News

At CCC, we’re driven by safety – in fact, it’s our top priority. We believe that the key is paying meticulous attention to every aspect of your business, and that comes from caring about what you do. So not only do you know your loads will arrive without incident, you know you’re working with a company that doesn’t know what the word careless means.

As proof of our dedication to safe practices, we’ve listed our CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability) metrics on our website.

Here’s a breakdown of what they mean.

Your overall CSA score is a composite of seven separate metrics, called BASICs (Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category). A few tweaks have been made since CSA’s introduction three years ago. This latest edition was sourced from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

  • Unsafe Driving – This covers everything from speeding to not paying attention on the road. CCC has a score of 0 in this category. (We’ll tell you why that’s a good thing in a minute.)
  • Hours-of-Service (HOS) – This section was previously called “Fatigued Driving.” To score well, drivers must follow the rules for rest breaks and maximum number of consecutive hours on the road.
  • Driver Fitness – Drivers must have a CDL license, as well as proper training and experience. Medical conditions such as epilepsy or hearing/vision loss can also disqualify a driver.
  • Controlled Substances/Alcohol – Simple. Under no circumstances can an impaired driver get on the road. (We’ve got another 0 here too.)
  • Vehicle Maintenance – Are you keeping up with routine vehicle maintenance and promptly fixing issues as they arise? Are you properly securing your loads?
  • Hazardous Materials Compliance – Carriers must follow all hazardous materials regulations, including proper labeling and paperwork.
  • Crash Indicator – This BASIC is based off of state-reported crashes, taking frequency and severity into account.

Why 0 is a Good Thing

Your BASIC scores are determined using a combination of roadside inspections and reports filed by state and federal transportation and law enforcement authorities. Violations are weighted based on their severity and how recently they have occurred (more recent, more weight). The scores themselves are a little counterintuitive. In the CSA world, a BASIC score of 100 means you’re a violation wunderkind. Essentially, 100% of companies in your “class” (companies of a similar size that have undergone a similar number of inspections) have done a better job than you have. So a 0 is really nothing to sneeze at.

By checking CSA scores when investigating who you choose as a carrier, you’re reducing your own liability as a shipper. Look up your current carrier’s CSA score here and see how we measure up.

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