SambaSafety, powered by Vigillo, a provider of driver risk management solutions in North America, recently developed a new CSA Scorecard.
The company said it began testing the Item Response Theory (IRT) methodology for the CSA Fast Act Score Model two years before its planned release by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The new SambaSafety CSA Scorecard has been in development for the past year and will soon be available to customers.
“When CSA was first being tested in 2008, Vigillo was the industry leader in analyzing what fueled CSA scores and made the first CSA Scorecards available to the entire industry, nearly two years before the FMCSA program went live in December 2010,” said Steve Bryan, executive vice president and GM of SambaSafety Transportation.
“Today, SambaSafety is leveraging Vigillo’s expertise to help customers understand the new CSA scoring model long before it will be released.
“We believe that FMCSA’s approach, utilizing the IRT methodology, is moving in the right direction. Our analysis shows that the IRT model is an effective means of identifying a poor safety culture at motor carriers and will represent a significant improvement in the overall effectiveness of the CSA program.
“However, IRT is very complex and data intensive, and almost completely changes the building blocks of CSA. There are no longer any violation weights, CSA Points, BASIC measures or Safety Event Groups. The new, single CSA BASIC score is a very different way of representing the safety culture of a motor carrier. By helping our customers manage that process in advance of the full release, we are enabling them to look at the same data they will be seeing with the new scoring model.”
Based on FMCSA’s response to a report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) titled, “Improving Motor Carrier Safety Measurement” the proposed CSA FAST Act Score Model addresses recommendations made by the NAS for improvements to the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS).
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