FMCSA Launches Truck Safety Program Online

FMCSA Launches Truck Safety Program Online

Trucking company safety scores in five performance categories are available online following the Dec. 12 launch of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010, or CSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration threw the switch on its program Sunday, after a federal appeals court denied a petition to block or delay CSA.

The National Association of Small Trucking Companies claimed the public release of carrier data could jeopardize the business of many small motor carriers.

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But the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said Friday a group representing small truckers had "not satisfied the stringent standards required for a stay."

The data available includes scores in five of seven safety performance categories that eventually will be used to determine motor carrier safety fitness ratings.

The data is available through FMCSA's online Safety Management System. Visitors to the Web site may search by carrier name, DOT number or MC number.

The FMCSA stressed the CSA data is not a safety fitness determination or rating and does not represent the agency's final determination about a carrier's safety.

NASTC is concerned shippers and brokers will reject truckers whose the scores in any of CSA's performance categories exceed thresholds for "alerts."

-- Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.