Author Archive for Tom Sanderson

Guest Commentary: David (ASECTT) takes on Goliath (FMCSA) in CSA/SMS Battle in U.S. Court of Appeals on September 10

In the fall of 2010, before initial publication of CSA/SMS data, three trade associations sued the FMCSA in the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The case was National Association of Small Trucking Companies et al. v. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (No. 10 1402). That suit resulted in a settlement in which the FMCSA agreed, among other concessions, to the following definitive language on the CSA website: “Unless a motor carrier […]

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Guest Commentary: Suit Filed Alleging FMCSA Overreach on Publication of SMS Methodology

On July 16, 2012, ASECTT (the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation), four other trade associations and twelve named plaintiffs sued the FMCSA over its May 16th publication of “New Resources Available for Shippers, Brokers, and Insurers” on its website. This guidance makes clear that the FMCSA does not intend to perform its job under existing statute of determining which carriers are fit to operate on the highways and shutting down the rest. […]

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Guest Commentary: Key CSA Scores May Be Poor Indicators of Carrier Safety

Wells Fargo Senior Analyst Anthony Gallo published an excellent document on March 28 highlighting critical problems with CSA 2010. You can contact me or contact Anthony directly at for the full document, but I want to highlight a couple of key points. The analysis shows little or no correlation between the CSA BASIC scores for unsafe driving and fatigued driving and accidents per million miles. Everyone wants to see continued reductions in truck-related accidents. […]

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