Thursday, December 15, 2011

What shippers need to know about CSA and SMS

by Scott Michaelis
Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
Richmond, VA

CSA (Compliance, Safety and Accountability) was developed by the FMCSA as a replacement to the Safe Stat system. It is intended to reduce accidents caused by commercial trucks using a method of roadside inspections and progressive intervention. Using data from these inspections, carriers are measured against their peers and assigned a percentile ranking, or SMS (Safety Measurement System) score, in each of 7 BASIC safety categories.