Carriers Invest in CSA, Says Survey


CHATTANOOGA, TN – Transport Capital Partners (TCP) First Quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey has found that carriers are making adjustments in order to comply with CSA 2010.

Two years ago, TCP found that half of truckload carriers were unprepared for CSA 2010. “CSA is now a major issue in the eyes of shippers and carriers, schedules are being challenged, and it’s putting demands on professional safety and maintenance talent in the market place we have simply not seen before,” explained Jim Parham, TCP partner and veteran industry placement executive.

TCP said that many staffing decisions are the result of changes to comply with CSA 2010 regulations. Seventy-eight percent of carriers have added training so that employees will have a better understanding on how CSA 2010 will affect their careers. Fifty-five percent of carriers have invested in monitoring technology. Both investments require company resources.

In fact, 65 percent of carriers surveyed reported utilizing three or more methods in effort to comply with CSA 2010. Not surprising given that shippers and brokers are beginning to monitor and select carriers based on CSA scores.

The main methods carriers are using to comply with CSA 2010 are:

  1. Training for drivers so they understand how CSA 2010 can affect their careers: 78.1%,
  2. Changing how sub-performing driving is monitored: 63.2%,
  3. Investing in technology to help monitor CSA 2010: 55.3%

There were a handful of other methods that carriers were using to ensure compliance, such as having on-staff CSA managers, hiring retired state police, investing in EOBRs, and increasing bonuses for clean inspections.

“Driver screening and training is now at the forefront, and the pool of qualified driver talent is shrinking before our eyes. Drivers control their own destiny more than ever and the scores of their carrier employers,” states Lana Batts, TCP partner.

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