Personal Injury

Many drivers, carriers brace for the arrival of new CSA 2010 rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will begin implementing its new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 this July. Usually referred to as CSA 2010, the initiative will serve as a new operational model to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the FMCSA’s enforcement and compliance program. More specifically, CSA 2010’s purpose is to reduce the number of commercial motor vehicle crashes, fatalities, and injuries by coordinating closely with state authorities and CMV companies.

Because CSA 2010 aims to identify carriers and drivers that pose an unreasonably high safety risk to the public, it has made a number of CMV truckers and drivers uneasy. The FMCSA has started a campaign to reassure commercial drivers who have good safety records and who abide by appropriate federal and state regulations that they need not worry about the forthcoming changes. Drivers and carriers with bad safety records, however, will find it difficult to remain obscure.

According to the FMCSA, CSA 2010 “will help FMCSA and its state partners contact more carriers and drivers, use improved data to better identify high risk carriers and drivers, and apply a wider range of interventions to correct high risk behavior.”

Unsafe carrier and driver behaviors that lead to crashes will be identified and addressed, the FMCSA says, and all safety-based roadside inspection violations will be recorded, not just out-of-service (OOS) violations.

Extensive research has found that unsafe driver behavior, both on the part of CMV drivers and other drivers, is a major contributor to CMV-related crashes. Some studies indicate that a small segment of the CMV driver population is involved in a disproportionately large number of crashes.

As a result, during the CSA 2010 Operational Model Test, FMCSA is expanding its approach to identifying and addressing unsafe drivers during interventions with motor carriers.

To help drivers prepare for the coming changes, the FMSCA recommends the following links and procedures:

1) Know the safety rules and regulations and follow them.
Check out web-based commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safe driving tips

2) Become knowledgeable about the new Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) and how FMCSA will assess safety under CSA 2010. Review the Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology document.

3) Keep copies of inspection reports.

4) Learn about employers’ safety records. Check carrier safety records online.

5) Visit the CSA 2010 website: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov

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For more info: http://csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/Documents/CSA2010_DriverFactsheet.pdf