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What is CSA, and How is it Related to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?


CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, and Accountability. CSA is an FMCSA enforcement program that aims to reduce risk behaviors that may lead to a crash. CSA affects motor carriers and drivers transporting passengers or cargo in interstate commerce, and carriers of hazardous materials in intrastate commerce.

A carrier’s CSA scores are not the same as its safety ratings. Safety ratings can only be assigned after a full compliance review.

There are 7 compliance categories on which carriers and drivers are scored in CSA. These are known as the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). Check back next week to learn what these categories are.

At ARCpoint Labs of Southboro-Framingham, we can help your company stay DOT Compliant. Call us at (508)834-3760 for more information.



FMCSA compliance manual: How to comply with DOT’s safety regulations. (2016). Neenah, WI: J.J. Keller & Associates.

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