New CSA App Stirs Controversy

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On March 17, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched the QCMobile app that allows users to retrieve data from the FMCSA’s network, including  carriers’ safety scores and other information kept as part of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program (CSA). While the app is aimed at law enforcement, safety inspectors and other professionals, it is also available to the public.

The launch of the app has drawn strong opposition from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and other industry leaders. The ATA brought up familiar criticisms of CSA scores, namely that the scores are flawed and fail to provide true information about a carrier’s safety performance. Though industry professionals and even the Government Accountability Office (the investigative arm of congress) have called for reformation, the FMCSA has failed to act. This push by the FMCSA to make CSA information easier for the public to access is likely to increase the urgency of industry leaders seeking to reform how a carrier’s safety performance is measured.

By Larry Hall

Larry Hall

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