The Effectiveness of the FMCSA's Compliance, Safety & Accountability Program

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Dallas truck accident lawyer Jeff Rasansky discusses the effectiveness of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's CSA program in response to the GAO report released this month.

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FMCSA & The CSA Program

While we applaud the FMCSA's CSA program, many say that it hasn't really changed much within the trucking community.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also known as the FMCSA, launched a program seeking to change the face of safety as it relates to trucks. The Compliance, Safety and Accountability Program was established to monitor and single out safety-based violations related to 18-wheeler trucks and buses on the road. The intention is to gather information on safety violations from inspections and crashes, and then develop a standard related to a motor carrier's on-road performance. This program, launched in 2010, is part of the FMCSA's efforts to remedy the problem of truck accidents related to maintenance issues.

Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the effectiveness and downfalls of the CSA program. Today, Dallas truck accident attorney Jeff Rasansky will share his expert opinion on the matter.

So, how has the Compliance, Safety & Accountability program changed the trucking industry?

According to Jeff Rasansky, "Proper fleet maintenance is one of the fundamental ways in which trucking companies can ensure that their drivers steer clear of risky variables which might cause serious accidents." Unfortunately, and despite the body's efforts, Mr. Rasansky says that there are things which haven't changed much since its implementation over three years ago. "While we applaud the FMCSA's CSA program, many say that it hasn't really changed much within the trucking community," notes Dallas truck accident attorney Jeff Rasansky. "Instead of an increase in actual maintenance, the CSA program may only lead to an increase in maintenance recordkeeping."

Thanks to the implementation of the Compliance, Safety and Accountability program, shippers are allowed to review fleet scores and are thus better-able to avoid trucking companies with poor maintenance and inspection records. "This is a good thing for everyone on the road, said Mr. Rasansky. "It will be interesting to see if the FMCSA can further fine-tune the program to effectively increase maintenance volume across the entire trucking industry as a whole."

Attorney Jeff Rasansky
Rasansky Law Firm
2525 McKinnon Street #625
Dallas, Texas 75201

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