December 5, 2012 2:00 PM, EST
CSA’s Negative Effect Less Than Feared, ATRI Study Finds

The negative effect of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has been less severe than carriers first expected, according to a recently released report by the American Transportation Research Institute.

Close to 90% of carriers in 2011 expected that CSA would adversely affect how many companies would be able to remain in the industry, the study shows, but only 59% continued to believe that after operating under the program.

“This suggests CSA has not presented as many obstacles as expected,” the report said.

The availability of drivers also did not decrease as much as expected, according to the study, and only a small fraction of drivers have been put out of work due to CSA.

The study also highlighted that the enforcement community believes the program already has been a factor in reducing the number of truck crashes.

The report is available from ATRI at