Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA 2010 safety program rolled out this past weekend, after a federal appeals court denied a suit by several groups of small trucking companies to prevent release of CSA safety data. Shortly after the court decision, FMCSA proceeded with its plan to give access to motor carrier data to the public at large.
Many fleet managers were waiting to see whether the data would go live because of the pending lawsuit. But in a one-page order posted Friday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the carriers did not meet the standards for a stay pending court review.
Carriers can now assess their fleet safety rankings relative to other carriers according to the seven CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories.
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving (Hours of Service)
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Crash Indicator
The goal of the Federal Motor Carrier Administration’s CSA 2010 Safety Program is to reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, fatalities, and injuries on U.S. highways. CSA 2010 introduces a new enforcement and compliance model that allows FMCSA and its State Partners to contact a larger number of carriers earlier in order to address safety problems before crashes occur. CSA re-engineers the former enforcement and compliance process to provide a better view into how well large commercial motor fleet vehicle carriers and drivers are tracking and complying with safety rules, and to intervene earlier with those who are not.
The new CSA Operational Model has three major components:
- Measurement – CSA measures safety performance, using inspection and crash results to identify carriers whose behaviors could reasonably lead to crashes.
- Evaluation – CSA helps FMCSA and its State Partners to correct high-risk behavior by contacting more carriers and drivers–with interventions tailored to their specific safety problem, as well as a new Safety Fitness Determination methodology.
- Intervention – CSA covers the full spectrum of safety issues, from how data is collected, evaluated, and shared to how enforcement officials can intervene most effectively and efficiently to improve safety on our roads.
For more information about CSA 2010, please go to Trucking Info or Carrier Groups Sue to Halt CSA 2010 Safety Data Publication.