What Does CSA 2010 Mean for your Fleet?
Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) is an initiative by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reduce CMV accidents. It replaces the current SafeStat system.
- What — Under CSA 2010, the new Safety Measurement System (SMS) will replace the current SafeStat system. It is aimed at improving commercial vehicle safety through measurements, evaluation and intervention.
- Where — Nationwide.
- When — Nine states switched to CSA in July 2010 (Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and New Jersey) with full CSA implementation scheduled for December 2010.
- Who — Fleets with commercial vehicles over 10,000 pounds that travel interstate (across state borders) or moving HAZMAT intrastate (within a state).
- Why — To reduce the number of unsafe commercial vehicles, drivers and operators to minimize the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities.
What is CSA 2010?
Essentially there are three main aspects to CSA 2010: Measurement, Evaluation and Intervention. Here’s a basic overview of what’s involved:
- Measurement — Every month, SMS measures the on-road safety performance of carriers to identify candidates for interventions to determine the specific safety problems exhibited by a carrier and to monitor whether safety problems are improving or getting worse.
- Evaluation — CSA 2010 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 — The changes introduced by CSA 2010 are designed to improve unsafe behavior early and to reach more carriers. Interventions range from warning letters for carriers with emerging problems to Onsite Comprehensive Investigations for carriers with serious safety problems.
Is your fleet ready for CSA 2010?
If you have vehicles over 10,000 pounds that travel interstate, or you transport HAZMAT, then CSA 2010 will affect your fleet. The question is: are you ready for the changes?
A big focus of CSA 2010 is on early detection of unsafe behavior, and intervention to address it early. This means one of the best ways to get ready for the introduction of CSA is to make sure you have systems in place to monitor the safety of both drivers and vehicles.
This can include:
- Driver scorecard — Real-time monitoring of a driver’s performance including hard acceleration, heavy braking or speeding, allowing fleet managers to offer needed coaching early on, saving unnecessary costs through wasteful and unsafe driving.
- Preventive maintenance (PM) — Automated maintenance scheduling for all fleet vehicles based on accurate GPS data. This provides an early warning for upcoming services needed, and only schedules maintenance based on actual usage, saving money on unnecessary vehicle servicing.
- HOS compliance — Tired drivers are a big threat to your fleet’s safety record, and HOS violations are a common cause of sleep-affected driving. Driving hours are automatically recorded using Telogis Compliance and managers are alerted to exceptions for rapid follow-up.
- Pre-trip checks — Drivers under pressure can be inclined to forget necessary safety inspections prior to starting on their journey. Telogis Compliance gets drivers to complete a checklist (DVIR), including inspection items such as brake lines, lighting, and suspension, to help your drivers comply with DOT requirements.
By staying on top of your fleet’s safety you’ll be better prepared to comply with the measurement and evaluation aspects of CSA 2010. And that means you’ll face less intervention, avoiding the possibility of costly downtime, intrusive investigations or even having your fleet operations suspended.