Next Phase of CSA 2010 Gives Carriers Early Look at Safety Scores
In April 2010, the FMCSA launched the CSA 2010 Data Preview Website, which allowed commercial motor vehicle carriers to view an inventory of their safety performance data by the new Safety Measurement System’s (SMS) Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) based on roadside data and investigation findings.
The FMCSA recently announced the next step in the phased rollout of CSA 2010 – an update to the CSA 2010 Data Preview Website which will allow carriers a glimpse at how they stack up compared to industry peers in the new SMS BASICs. Beginning August 16th, carriers will be able to view their current position in each of the SMSs seven BASICs based on newly improved methodology.
The BASICs will replace SafeStat’s Safety Evaluation Areas (SEAs), and this early look gives motor carriers an opportunity to understand and address their safety compliance issues right away, before the FMCSA’s new system goes live in December.
The FMCSA said that before the end of the year, warning letters will go to carriers that do not make the grade and roadside inspectors will start using the new data system to identify carriers for inspection. The rollout of CSA 2010 will be implemented state-by-state throughout 2011 as the states get up to speed. The FMCSA indicated that their proposal for a new method of determining safety fitness (Safety Fitness Determination, or SFD) is on track for publication next year.
As of mid-June, only 11,000-plus carriers had logged into the CSA 2010 website to review their safety performance data – meaning several hundred thousand carriers have not. Former FMCSA Administrator John Hill, in a recent CSA 2010 Seminar in Indianapolis, stressed the importance of carriers to review their data regularly. He noted that the FMCSA is able to see which carriers are viewing their data – those who aren’t can be viewed as showing a lack of concern for safety.
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