Few Carriers Have Checked Data Even As CSA 2010 Deadline Approaches

Even though there are new regulations set to take place in December regarding fleet safety enforcement, very few trucking companies have taken action in completely understanding what the new regulations will require of them.

Of the more than 500,000 trucking companies, only 13,000 have checked online at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website to see what the fuss is all about and how they stand under the new system, according to Anne Ferro, agency administrator in remarks a couple of weeks ago at the annual meeting of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

There has been a lot of discussion and material distributed over the past 18 months or so and it is difficult to avoid knowing about it. The trucking companies that have been involved in testing the program have described it as a major change for truck safety. There isn’t an industry meeting where it isn’t a major topic of discussion and the industry media has covered it extensively. This topic has been the subject of  public debate between the the FMCSA and the trucking industry.

Ferro has also confirmed that the CSA 2010 will be changed to CSA, for Compliance, Safety and Accountability.

Within the driver community there seems to be a lot of misunderstandings about CSA, said Bryan Price, senior transportation specialist at FMCSA. The FMCSA is not going to generate a driver rating or he said. Also, CSA will not cause a driver to lose his CDL or lead to mass CDL suspensions, and they have no plans to restrict a driver’s ability to drive based on physical characteristics such as neck size, body mass index or weight.

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