FMCSA Releases Updates to CSA 2010 Methodology
As a result of input from enforcement personnel, industry representatives, and safety experts, as well as findings from an extensive 30-month field test, the FMCSA is implementing several updates to the Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology within CSA 2010 that will make it more effective in identifying high risk and other carriers with safety compliance problems.
Taking heed of industry concern about its approach to measuring exposure in two of the BASICs, Unsafe Driving and the Crash Indicator, the FMCSA is changing from a calculation based just on the number of power units (PUs) to one based on a combination of power units and vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
The FMCSA also said that these two categories will no longer use PUs to establish the group the carrier is in. The Crash Indicator category will use the number of crashes, and the Unsafe Driving category will use the number of inspections with a violation.
The PU count also will be dropped from the Controlled Substances/Alcohol category, instead using the number of relevant inspections as the exposure measurement.
In addition, severity weightings for some roadside inspection violations will be updated, and the FMCSA said it will change its approach to carriers with a history of size and weight violations. Rather than counting these violations in the Cargo-Related category, the FMCSA will send alerts to roadside inspectors when carriers have a history of these violations.
These enhancements will allow the FMCSA to more effectively identify motor carriers with safety performance and compliance problems, thereby raising the bar for safety on the nations highways.
Beginning August 16th, by accessing the CSA 2010 Data Preview Website, carriers will be able to view their percentile rankings in each BASIC based on the improved SMS methodology. This is part of the next phase in the rollout of CSA 2010.
For more information from FMCSA on the data preview and the SMS changes, click here.
Driving Ambition is a premier CDL truck driver staffing company serving Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Since 2001, we have specialized in matching safe, experienced CDL drivers for our customers and great job opportunities for our professional truck drivers.
Our commitment to safety and building solid working relationships with both customers and CDL drivers has allowed us to earn an unparalleled reputation with our Proven Drivers and Exceptional Service.