The U.S. Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made several improvements to its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) enforcement program that will allow the agency to more quickly identify and address high-risk trucking companies with compliance concerns.
“Good data plays a key role in keeping our nation’s roads safe,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in a statement. “These improvements will enable us to better identify and address unsafe truck and bus companies before tragedies occur.”
The final CSA changes will provide FMCSA with more precise information when assessing a company’s over-the-road safety performance. The changes, which will be implemented in December, include:
- Changing the Cargo-Related BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category) to the Hazardous Materials Compliance BASIC to better identify hazmat safety and compliance problems. “Our analysis shows that this change will identify more carriers with HM concerns (33.8 percent versus 29.1 percent). Carriers and law enforcement can view this new BASIC in December,” the agency said. FMCSA will conduct further monitoring before it is made public.
- Changing the Fatigued Driving BASIC to the more specific Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance BASIC to more accurately reflect violations in this area; and evaluating HOS paper and electronic logbook violations equally.
- Strengthening the Vehicle Maintenance BASIC by including cargo/load securement violations from today's Cargo-Related BASIC.
- Including intermodal equipment violations that should be found during drivers’ pre-trip inspections.
- Removing 1-to-5 mph speeding violations to ensure citations are consistent with current speedometer regulations.
- Ensuring all recorded violations accurately reflect the inspection type.
“Our preliminary data shows that fatalities involving commercial vehicles dropped 4.7 percent last year compared to 2010,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Still, on average, nearly 4,000 people die in large truck and bus crashes each year. That is why we are implementing these important changes to make CSA even more effective.”
FMCSA provided a four-month period to give the public time to review and comment on the proposed changes to CSA’s online Safety Measurement System. About 14,000 carriers and 1,700 law enforcement personnel participated in the public preview, the agency said.
For complete details on the new CSA improvements, go here