A CSA 2010 scoring provider at the ATA Safety Conference concluded the following:
-“Logs, lamps, and speeding” in the CSA 2010 mantra of data miners, as these items are by far the greatest point generators;
-Fatigued driving is now the greatest area of focus of the CSA scoring program with all other BASICs tied for second place;
-Between 6% and 8% of the drivers result in 85% of the CSA points;
-Inspections are performed for one of the reasons as follows:
a. A moving violation;
b. An observable defect on the vehicle (light out, missing mud flap,…);
c. Everything else (high ISS score, aggressive enforcement,…).
-Of the above inspections above, a. and b. (moving violations and observable defects):
a. Are within the control of the driver;
b. Account for 20% of the inspections;
c. Account of 80% of the points.
Consider this data in your company. Remind your drivers that 80% of the CSA points are within their control based upon the data to date. With the Pre-Employment Screen Program (PSP), in addition to CSA, those points are their points too. And for the driver, they stay on for three years. Bottom line–go with the percentages to reduce CSA points. Especially in light of the recent publication of CSA data, minimizing points can significantly mitigate the need for trucking litigation, and can even be used to bolster a company’s reputation and social standing as a defender of safe driving.