Compliance, Safety and Accountability Points (CSA Points) were created to ensure that drivers and their employers comply with safety standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Anytime a violation occurs, points are assessed and added to a fleets’ overall score. Points range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the lowest.
Why you should care
CSA points remain on a drivers’ individual record for up to 36 months. While it is unlikely the FMSCA will take action against a driver, a high score could impact your job search.
Driver points are added to a fleets’ overall CSA score—fleets strive to have the lowest CSA score to ensure they receive a high ranking from the FMCSA. Fleets will be unlikely to hire a driver who they deem a safety risk.
How do you earn points?
Because CSA Points could impact a driver’s job search, it is important that drivers understand CSA violations and the points associated with them.
There are 5 major categories of CSA Point violations that truck drivers need to be aware of:
- Driving Violations: Everything from speeding to failing to meet physical qualifications are covered in this category.
- E-Log and/or EOBR Violations: Failure to submit electronic on-board computer information can affect your CSA score in this category.
- Hours of Service Violations: Operating a vehicle fatigued or failing to comply with HOS rules will earn you serious violations.
- Mobile Device Violations: Using a mobile phone, whether speaking or texting, could cost you 10 points.
- Paperwork Violations: Failure to ensure your license or logs are up-to-date and correct could cost you anywhere from 1 to 8 points.
There are also points categories of vehicle maintenance, drug/alcohol and hazardous materials violations .
For a more detailed outline of the violations can be found online. Review this outline, and never hesitate to reach out to Centerline for help understanding these violations.