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CSA 2010 Basic Scores for Motor Carriers and Truck Drivers


The FMCSA safety initiative, CSA 2010, has certainly gotten the industry talking.  The problem that I see now is that there is still too much misinformation being bounced around about the new safety program.   The main reason for the wrong info is due to the fact that the program keeps changing.  Nobody really knows what the final results will be when the CSA 2010 is fully implemented . . . it really comes down to a “wait and see” attitude.

Another problem with all of this, is that there is contradictory information, even on the government sites.  I hear over and over that truck drivers will not be accessed scores through the CSA 2010 . . . I say that they will, just as the motor carriers will receive a score.  At least, for the way it is written now . . . again, that could change, but I do not believe it will.   Truck drivers, along with their motor carrier will be scored on their performances.   The following shows what a Motor Carrier’s Rating Score will look like with the new safety program, with this card being named:  Carrier Safety Measurement:

Motor Carrier Safety Score

Motor Carrier Safety Score

This score card clearly shows a 98.6% score towards unsafe driving, along with other basic scores, against the motor carrier.   This card can be found on page 35 of the SMS Methodology.   As noted, the performance of the truck driver will be in direct correlation with the motor carrier’s score.  As pointed out to me by Rickey Gooch of PrePaid Legal:

“Carriers will be judged by the FMCSA point system which is 80% driven by driver citations and inspections.  If a driver decides not to fight a ticket, he or she is in fact, damaging the motor carrier he or she is working for.”

The only thing I would change in this statement is, “Carriers will be “scored” . . . ”     just as truck drivers will be on a scoring system as well, with the below card being named:  Driver Safety Measurement:

Truck Driver Safey Scores

Truck Driver Safety Scores

The above driver score card shows how a driver can receive a score of 99.9% for unsafe driving, thus resulting in an intervention.  Of course, we all know that more than likely, a driver of this caliber would be terminated by the company.   This score card can be seen on page 36 of the same SMS Methodology.

Perhaps I’m missing something here?   From what I see . . . there will be a CSA 2010 scoring system for both Motor Carrier and driver.   The FMCSA may be twisting the terminology around by saying that carriers and drivers will be placed in a peer percentile to make it appear that a single score card will not be enacted . . . but I’m just not seeing it that way.

Allen Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 34 year veteran ( started at an early age in family moving business) of the trucking industry, many of those years spent over the road. He has been an owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and has owned and operated a moving company, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. One thing though that most will say is that the reason and motivation behind the author, Allen Smith, is the fact he is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. As you read many of the blog posts you’ll discover that he is opinionated and speaks openly about the ongoing issues of the trucking industry. He supports other fellow advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who are in need of honesty, guidance and direction. The list of supporters and like minded people grows daily and their ability to network together and share their thoughts and ideas for the betterment of others within trucking, has allowed the forward movement of... "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Josh

    After attending a recent seminar hosted by one of the FMCSA auditors (who was a former State Patrol Inspector), there will, as it’s written now, be a driver score. *However*, that score will not be visible to the carriers or the driver, only to DOT personnel/inspectors/etc. What will be visible to carriers and drivers, for purposes of pre-employment screening, is the PSP system which shows all inspections that the driver has had regardless of employer or the state it occurred in. Their justification is that it’s much better for a carrier to see what problems a driver has had during an inspection rather than just seeing a number and/or percentile that doesn’t mean much.

    So, with that being said, your belief that drivers will be given a score is accurate, as long as it’s understood that the actual score is not visible, at least from what they’re disclosing right now, to the carriers or other drivers. Also, the PSP system was opened up for registration just recently and under the registration policy cannot be used to examine *existing* employees, only those looking to be hired as part of a pre-employment screening, and even then the carrier must have written authorization from the driver to pull up their records. Each carrier pays $25 or $100 annually (depending on the # of power units they possess), and an additional $10 per record request.

    • Allen Smith

      Hi Josh,

      Yes, we went over all that in a recent radio show ” CSA 2010- 40 questions-40 Answers” I think you’ll enjoy it so here’s the link:

  2. Phillip Garmon

    I would like to know if there is a website vaailable so drivers can check their personal CSA scores?

  3. paul mausolf

    whats my score?

  4. Suzanne

    My questions are, “What is the equation determining the outcome of the scoring,” “Is this a probable figure,” and “is this more of a ‘close-minded’ judgmental technique for some straggler to advance and make an unnecessary income off of, or something that is really benefitial to the transportation industry?” ISN’T THERE ALREADY “SCORING” AND TESTIMONIALS ON GETLOADED.COM AND THE OTHER WEBSITE THAT TELLS YOU IF A DRIVER HAS BEEN FIRED FROM ANOTHER COMPANY OR NOT… SOUNDS LIKE A SCAM TO ME!!!!!!

  5. Kevin Chevalier

    How are warnings scored vs actule citations.
    If a trooper gives you a warning over a citation, dose this not carry any weight? These do not show up on an MVR so why are they put
    on your PSP? There’s no benifit of a dout employers are using this
    report as the SOLE source to hire or fire, why is this misuse alowed
    to happen? is this not the same as black balling?

  6. Randy

    how many years does it take for a drivers score to clear ?

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