CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability. It is an FMCSA initiative that grades commercial carriers based on various safety-related criteria.
There are three core components to CSA:
- The Safety Measurement System (SMS)
- A Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rating system to determine the safety fitness of motor carriers
The SFD rating is also known as a CSA score and can influence how frequency of roadside inspections, the number of DOT audits and insurance premiums.