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ATA Issues White Paper on the Reliability of CSA Scores

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations today issued a white paper on the reliability of scores from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in evaluating the safety of individual trucking companies.

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"ATA continues to support the objectives of CSA and to call for improvements to the program," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "However, data and methodology problems continue to plague the system and the accuracy and reliability of companies' scores."

In its paper, ATA examined data and research on the connection between CSA scores and crash risk, as well as how problems with the data and methodology produce an imperfect and unreliable measure of a carrier's safety record.

"It may make sense for FMCSA to use scores in those categories that correlate positively with crash risk to prioritize companies for enforcement review," Graves said. "In the process, FMCSA can verify whether or not the scores paint an accurate picture. But third parties need to know that for the purposes of drawing conclusions about individual carriers, the scores are unreliable."

According to research cited by ATA, scores in at least three of the system's measurement categories don't bear a positive correlation to crash risk. Even in those categories that generally have a positive correlation to crash risk, the paper points out that there are tens of thousands of real-world "exceptions," carriers with high scores and low crash rates and vice-versa.

To review the full white paper, click here.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!

SOURCE American Trucking Associations

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