What is the CSA?

Glossary What is the CSA?

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)
  • Interventions
  • 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.