CSA Measures on Heavy Fleets
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Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities related to commercial vehicles. This initiative is subject to newly expanded safety reporting and enforcement measures that affect trucking companies hauling for others, drivers who operate equipment, shippers who hire carriers to move freight and companies operating their own private fleet. If you fall into one of these categories, you’ve most likely been through an inspection before. So, what’s being looked at and how is that data used to affect my insurance?
The scale ranges from 1-10, with 10 being the most severe. Some items that fall under that category of violation include:
- Failing to comply with an out-of-service order
- Inadequate hazardous materials securement
- Violating an out-of-service order related to drug or alcohol use
- Using or possessing substances
- Driving after being placed out of service
- Reckless driving, texting while driving or speeding 15+ over in a construction zone
If your drivers incur a few of these violations during one stop, this report will stay with the driver and the vehicle for a specific period of time. When renewal of your auto business insurance program comes up, this is one of the first items that an underwriter will perform research on. There are seven main categories that violations tend to fall into and if there’s frequency in any of them, an explanation will need to be made or it will be reflected poorly in the renewal terms. Certainly the more serious violation that’s recorded, the less favorable the renewal pricing may be, up to an including a non-renewal.
So, how can improvement begin? Start by building a team approach between drivers and mechanics. Invite a Department of Transportation (DOT) inspector into your business garage. Build a file on each vehicle that your driver can hand to the inspector when the driver is pulled over. Keep in mind that inspectors can also provide you with a positive inspection that will go on record and help you as well. There are a number of other items that companies can do to help improve this controllable data that can be used positively or negatively to impact your costs.
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