CSA 2010 – Managing Your Score

CSA 2010 is not delayed. While they may have pushed back the full implementation and score reporting, what your and your drivers do now will determine that score. Do not delay. Begin to manage your score today. There are many things you can do now to control the score your company will receive in the future.

1. AUDIT YOUR EFFORTS-Review your company, from safety to operations, to tighten controls and lessen exposure. Gerald Krisa, of R+L, posted a very thorough review process for a company to self-audit its operation on the CVSA website. Email us if you would like a copy.

2. REVIEW THE POINT SYSTEM-Know the schedule of points. Educate yourself as to what violations result in what points. The purpose of the point system is to encourage safe conduct to lessen accident risk and severity. You need to know the source of point generators to work to avoid them. The CSA 2010 website contains an Excel Spreadsheet of the points. Again, email us if you would like a copy.

3. APPLY THE POINT SYSTEM TO YOUR COMPANY’S BUSINESS-In reviewing the points, consider how they apply to the equipment operated and freight hauled by your company. Flatbeds? Study the securement provisions. Chemical hauler? Hazmats should be your primary focus. Do not ignore the overall provisions, but focus on your area of trucking.

4. EDUCATE YOUR DRIVERS-Your drivers will “drive” your score. Teach them the points assessed for specific violations. Make sure they know it’s no longer just about the company-drivers are scored both in CSA 2010 and in the Driver Pre-Employment Screening System. Roadside violations are on their records for three (3) years, crashes for (5).

5. REINFORCE CONDUCT- You cannot afford to hemorrhage points. Any unnecessary points will result in increasing your percentile within your “peer group”, and that means trouble in River City. Pre-trips must be more than a quarter hour mark on the logs. Equipment must be inspected, defects identified, and repairs made before exposure to being stopped on the road. Securement must be to regulation in both form and equipment. Prevent points before getting on the road.

6. REVIEW ROADSIDES-Points are generally a function of roadside inspection reports. Absent a roadside inspection, non-crash-related citations do not generate CSA 2010 points. Thus, roadsides are the key. Make sure driver’s turn in ALL roadside reports.

7. REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW YOUR CSA 2010 DATA-You can access your data. Let us know if you have any questions doing so. Review it frequently. Diary to do so at least once a month. Make sure your record is correct. Compare the roadside reports collected from your drivers to ensure that the information is correctly reported. Don’t expose yourself to unwarranted points.

8. TERMINATE LEASES CLEANLY-Make sure you have closed out the lease cleanly. You cannot afford points on your record from a former leased driver sporting your placards. Demand them backeven the pieces if destroyed. Request a photo of the placard-less tractor. Laxity can mean points on your records.

9. CHALLENGE POINTS-Use DataQ to remove improper points. Challenge unwarranted assessments. Let us know if you need the link to the system.

10. THINK “CHALLENGE” AT THE ROADSIDE Treat a roadside similar to an accident scene. Is a”violation” unwarranted and improper? Think about how you can prove it. Use the disposable cameras to document the evidence, from correct securement to correct equipment. Consider a local mechanic to verify equipment compliance, such as brakes, as a potential independent witness at a later challenge or hearing. For roadside overweights on portable scales, consider going to the nearest certified scales for verification and documentation of compliance.

These are but ten ways to control your score. Don’t delay in doing so. The score may not being reported now, but the points are piling up.


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I am a life-long resident of Central Pennsylvania. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College, graduating magna cum laude with a major in political science. I subsequently worked for Price Waterhouse as an auditor. I then graduated from the Dickinson School of Law. For more than twenty five (25) years, I have litigated cases in Central Pennsylvania. As a life-long resident of and practitioner in this region, I am able to prepare and evaluate cases from a Central Pennsylvania perspective. I am familiar to and have earned the respect of the Courts and opposing counsel in this area. I also represent transportation companies on their claims throughout the country. This ranges from immediately responding to the accident to litigating the case. I have been admitted pro hac vice in a number of states as trial counsel. I have tried cases in a number of jurisdictions as listed in the "cases" section. I have been active in a number of transportation organizations. I have also obtained my CDL. This has provided great insight into the challenge of operating a tractor trailer and the mechanical elements of the equipment.
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