FAST Act 2015

Courtesy of CSA

FAST Act 2015 and CSA Scores

The new Federal highway bill (FAST Act 2015) has temporarily required the FMCSA to stop sharing CSA scores with the public.

It is important to note the following:

CSA Scores – The CSA BASICs system is merely a scoring system based on evaluation of data such as inspection and violation history.  According to the FAST Act, the removal of CSA Scores from public view is very likely temporary.  Once the FMCSA meets conditions required by the FAST Act, they may make it publicly available again.


Inspection and Violation History Remains Public – The underlying inspection and violation history that is used in calculating the CSA scores will remain public. This data continues to be disseminated en mass and the FMCSA SMS website message indicates they are working as quickly as possible to restore these public values on the SMS website.  Removal of the CSA scores does not necessarily alleviate the need for you to evaluate the inspection and violation history in your standard for hiring motor carriers.


Hiring Standard Changes – It may be very important to consider inspections and violation history in your carrier hiring standard.  Simply put, how will you defend your carrier selection standard if you hire a carrier that has a public history of poor inspections and serious violations?


SaferWatch is committed to providing you with the most up-to-date carrier information, helping you make smarter, faster decisions.  SaferWatch provides several solutions to meet the requirements of the wide carrier selection criteria standards of its customers:


  • CSA Equivalent Scores* – Want to continue using CSA scores?  SaferWatch has  developed a CSA Equivalent score so you don’t have to make any changes in your carrier hiring standard.  This CSA Equivalent is similar to the CSA scoring mechanism used to evaluate inspection and violation history.  While there have been issues with the CSA scores, one thing they did provide was a “guiding light” by the FMCSA through the inspection and violation history.  Using a CSA Equivalent may lower your risk exposure compared to developing a standard around the public inspection and violation history


  • Inspection and Violation History – SaferWatch will be providing the carrier inspection and violation history to the carrier profiles in the next week.  If you prefer, you can use this data to make carrier hiring decisions rather than using the CSA BASICs scoring system.


  • Hide the CSA Scores – If your preference is to not use the CSA scores in your carrier hiring standard, SaferWatch allows you to easily remove/hide them from your carrier risk assessment profile.


Are CSA scores still something to be concerned about?

CSA scores have been used by the legal community as evidence for the plaintiff and the defense in negligent hiring lawsuits and a legal precedence has been set.  With CSA scores temporarily hidden, will the legal community start using the underlying public inspection and violation data that is used to formulate the CSA score?  If a carrier you hired ends up causing a fatality due to bad brakes, and it turns out the carrier had one or more vehicle maintenance violations in the past few months, how will this public information be used against you?


Note to those using a TMS  – As you are aware, SaferWatch allows customizable risk assessment policies according to your specifications. If you no longer wish to see CSA scores in your TMS, simply uncheck any of the CSA BASICs values in your SaferWatch Risk Assessment Checklist. SaferWatch will automatically coordinate the data transfer with your TMS and send a “zero” value in place of the score through the TMS integration API.


SaferWatch provides you with comprehensive carrier data and advanced tools needed to help you establish your carrier hiring standards.  Our Carrier Risk Management experts are here to help you navigate the many facets of the carrier selection process.

* There may be minor variances between the CSA score and the CSA Equivalent.  To minimize confusion when communicating with carriers, we recommend you refer to the CSA Equivalent as your inspection/violation policy so as not to be confused with the carrier’s private CSA score.  For information on how we calculate the CSA Equivalent contact SaferWatch.


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