A carriers CSA score affects them as well as you. Every CSA point goes against the company, there are some that dont go against the driver. Yes the driver is a big part of the CSA score. There are a lot of things a driver can do to keep his and the companies score down. Trailer lights out can rack up a bunch of points. If that pigtail pulls out a DOT man can charge you with each light that is out. A turn signal is 6 points, times three at first. That is 18 points for one light, imagine if all the trailer lights are out.
I found a great deal on CSA points by typing csa points in a search engine. A couple of the sites had all the CSA points listed.
If a companys CSA score gets to high then you, the driver, can be pulled over more often in a scale or roadside for an inspection. It stinks this mostly falls on our backs but it is a fact of life for a trucker now. If we do what we can it will help our industry and ourselves out. Do a good pre trip and you can solve many of the problems before you leave and dont leave the next driver a bad trailer.
Which trucking companies have best CSA rating?
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No, they would not. It would show you as having zero inspections and history. When that is the case you are likely to be pulled in for inspection more often until you have some baseline scores. I spent a whole day at the scale office as part of my CDL class and the officer explained how the process works. Basically, your score indicates the likelihood of prepass pulling you in to scales. Until you have something established they are gonna pull you in until they develop a history which will determine how much you are inspected in the future. Once you have a history, Prepass randomly selects trucks to bring in to scales. After you enter the scale it is up to the officer whether or not you roll through, weigh, and/or have and inspection.
Most drivers dont realize that there are sensors in the approach lane once you are entering the scale and they determine by pressure how close to overweight you may be. Once you pass those you can either be directed to weigh-in or roll through on the by-pass lane.... all determined by officer.
Here is an updated ever-popular 'the good, bad, and the ugly' in order of best to worst. The updated CSA scores for December 2012 in the vehicle maintenance and condition category. The lower the better. This does not include the private fleets or LTL, this is truckload only. The good bad and the ugly pertains to vehicle maintenance and quality of equipment, it doesn't reflect all the categories of their CSA scores.
11.6% Heartland Express (improved from 12.2% last month!)
11.6% Heartland Express
21.5% Marten (but 76.3 in unsafe driving and 79.1 in fitness!)
34.1% Con-way (but 59 in unsafe driving!)
34.7% Poly Trucking
35.0% Central Refrigerated (but 74.8 in unsafe driving!)
38.1% Celadon (but 81.7 in fitness)
38.6% Calex Express
39.2% Crete Carrier
42.4% CR England (but 87.4 in unsafe driving!!!)
41.6% Smith Transport (but 63.7 in unsafe driving and 87.5 in HOS compliance! YIKES!)
45.7% Boyd Bros (fatigued driving at 70.5 yikes)
46.8% JB Hunt
46.6% Transport America (and 69.9 in fitness!)
48.5% Averitt Express
53.3% US Xpress (and 66.1 in unsafe driving!)
52.4% Furniture Row
51.4% Werner (and 57.4 in unsafe driving)
56.5% Swift (and 53.5 in unsafe driving, and 60.4 in fitness)
59.2% Quality Carriers
60.5% Schneider National
63.6% Pam Transport
62.4% National Freight (and 73.1 in fitness)
64.3% USA Truck (and 61.1 in HOS, 54.3 in unsafe driving, 57.5 in fitness - wow)
66.4% KLLM (unsafe driving 74 and HOS compliance 55.1!)
81.2% Dart (and 60.1 in fitness)
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