What is a CSA Score?


A CSA Score is used by the FMCSA to identify high-risk motor carriers and drivers may require interventions. A carrier’s score is based on the performance data of its drivers, including all safety-based roadside inspection violations and state-reported crashes. The CSA database includes only violations that occur while drivers are operating commercial vehicles – not personal vehicles. If you are driving under a carrier’s DOT number, your violations will be assigned to that carrier. While the FMCSA can issue interventions and fines when a driver’s CSA score is high, they cannot suspend a driver’s CDL. It is important to check CSA scores, as they indicate which carriers the FMCSA will likely target as unsafe and can also help carriers identify and work on areas in need of improvement, which helps reduce insurance costs.

How can I check my CSA Score?

You can check your score at the USDOT website: csa.fmcsa.dot.gov. When you enter your USDOT number and PIN into the SMS login page, you will be able to locate your score. If you don’t have a PIN, you can request one from USDOT. Delivery of your PIN typically takes 4-7 days.

What is considered a good CSA score?

A good Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) score is typically a lower one, as the scoring system measures safety violations and other non-compliance issues related to trucking. The CSA score system ranges from 0 to 100, with lower scores indicating fewer violations and safer operations. A score closer to 0 suggests better safety compliance, making it more favorable for both drivers and trucking companies.

What is the new CSA scoring

The CSA scoring system has undergone various updates and changes since its inception. The most notable change was the introduction of the "Item Response Theory" model, aiming to provide a more accurate reflection of a carrier's safety. As regulatory and industry needs evolve, it's essential to stay updated with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announcements and changes to the CSA program.

How many CSA points are bad?

In the CSA system, points are assigned based on the severity of violations. Accumulating a high number of points is unfavorable and indicates potential safety and compliance issues. There isn't a universal "bad" threshold, but consistently having scores closer to 100, especially in critical areas, can lead to interventions by the FMCSA and negatively impact a driver or carrier's reputation.



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