Shippers and Carriers Share CSA Concerns

CHATTANOOGA, TN — Carriers are concerned about efficiency and cost of implementation of the Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA), new reports show. 

“Carriers are clearly frustrated with the level of costs and complexity … while at the same time half of them tell us they are not getting adequate returns, and face escalating driver costs and an uncertain economy,” said Richard Mikes, a Transport Capitals Partners’ (TCP) partner.

Reports show carriers are concerned about the cost of implementing CSA regulations: 75 percent said that the cost of compliance per driver has been at least $500 or more and 35 percent said the costs are over $1,000 per driver each year.

But carriers are not the only ones with concerns about CSA regulations. The TCP Second Quarter 2012 Business Expectations survey shows shippers also share the concerns of carriers.

Out of the carriers surveyed, just over 72 percent said that CSA scores are a concern for some of their customers, while 21 percent said that their customers are not concerned with CSA scores, and 6 percent said all of their customers are concerned about CSA scores.

“The integrity of the data and predictive values has forced negative response from carriers’ organizations showing a growing concern amongst both carriers and shippers to this latest regulation,” Mikes said.

Only two years ago TCP found that 50 percent of truckload carriers were unprepared for CSA regulations, but last quarter, they found that 65 percent of carriers surveyed were using three or more methods to comply with CSA regulations.

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