The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) originally planned to begin implementation of their new safety overhaul, CSA 2010, in July 2010 and to have all states fully functional by December. It now appears full implementation could be delayed until spring, or even summer, of 2011.
The FMCSA recently indicated that the CSA 2010 program would get underway this year, but perhaps not as early as July 2010. The agency will soon issue a Federal Register notice addressing the implementation timeline. The agency issued this statement: "As part of FMCSA's commitment to launch a comprehensive and effective CSA 2010 program, the agency is in the process of incorporating the feedback received from partners and stakeholders in the CSA 2010 pilot states. In the coming weeks, the agency expects to issue a Federal Register notice that will address the CSA 2010 implementation timeline and data preview for commercial motor carriers."
There has always been two phases planned for CSA 2010. The first phase is scheduled to be rolled out this summer, based in part on what has been learned in a number of states that have been testing a pilot version. A second phase must go through the rulemaking process, including a period of public comment.
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to address some of the details of implementation is key to the full roll-out, and it is likely that it will take beyond this year to get some of those worked out.
FMCSA plans to provide motor carriers with a limited preview of their CSA 2010 data beginning in April 2010. While this preview will include carriers' safety events (roadside inspections and crashes) and resulting violations, it will NOT reflect carriers' scores in each of the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), which is the heart of the new program.
FMCSA also announced that beginning November 30, 2010, motor carriers and the general public will be able to view more complete CSA 2010 Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) data, including scores in each of the BASICs. On Nov. 30, FMCSA will also begin issuing warning letters to deficient carriers, but will not utilize the full range of CSA 2010 interventions. Instead, FMCSA will use the CSMS data "to prioritize" carriers for standard on-site compliance reviews.
Although we can expect to see a delay in CSA 2010's full implementation, carriers and drivers can't afford to put off education and preparation. Roadside inspection data continues to be collected, and it will continue to make up a carrier's score, regardless of when the program is completely implemented.
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