The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially launched its Compliance Safety Accountability program, or CSA 2010, that will analyze all safety-based violations from inspections and crash data to determine a commercial motor carrier's on-road performance.
"We worked closely with our partners in the motor vehicle community to develop this powerful new program," said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. "CSA is an important new tool that will help reduce commercial vehicle-related crashes and save lives."
CSA 2010 seeks to improve large truck and bus safety with the end-game being to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities by allowing FMCSA to reach more carriers earlier and deploy a range of corrective interventions to address a carrier's specific safety problems.CSA 2010 focuses on unsafe driving; fatigued driving, or hours-of-service violations; driver fitness; drug and alcohol use; vehicle maintenance.
By looking at a carrier's safety violations in each Safety Measurement Systems category, FMCSA said it and state law enforcement will be better equipped to identify carriers with patterns of high-risk behaviors and apply interventions that provide carriers the information necessary to change unsafe practices early on.
While specifically targeting private fleet operators such as school bus contractors and motorcoach charter services, several experts told School Transportation News earlier this year that school districts are recommended to stay abreast of new rules, especially if the program expands to school buses in the future.
Starting this past spring, motor carriers were able to preview their own safety data by viewing roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC). This review concluded last month. The Operational Model Test concluded over the summer, and at about the same time Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey fully switched over to CSA 2010.
Since then, FMCSA modified its Safety Measurement System Methodology to increase effectiveness, and motor carriers were given the opportunity to view violations based on the new Carrier Safety Measurement Systems that have since replaced the old Safe State model that measured safety performance.
CSA 2010 began in February 2008 with field test models in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey. A year later, FMCSA added test states Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota and Montana.