Excellent article taken from Transport Topics, Jan. 04, 2010.
In Pursuit of Accurate Safety Ratings –
CSA 2010, as it is known, is the agency’s revamping of a flawed and oft-criticized safety rating system based on the unreliable SafeStat database.
Freight Tec pays close attention to Safety Ratings and strives to only use safe, qualified carriers in order to protect our shippers as well as public safety. Our rigorous qualification process has always been somewhat weakened by the often skewed SafeStat and Federal reports.
FMCSA, to its credit, recognized the need to change the way it evaluated motor carriers when it launched CSA 2010.
The data is getting better and more reliable – and thus, it will give us all much more accurate safety reports. A major difference now will be that a carrier’s ratings will be based on MILES TRAVELED, and not just the size of their fleet. This is “the real measure of a carrier’s exposure to potential accidents”.