Answering Critical Questions
Answering critical CSA 2010 questions
A Q&A from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
How will CSA 2010 impact motor carriers and drivers? CSA 2010 will change how FMCSA enforces compliance with the existing FMCSA safety regulations. The regulations themselves will not change as cally, CSA 2010 will allow the agency to reach more carriers earlier and more frequently; to enhance the efthe accountability of carriers and drivers for safe on-road performance, and to provide more complete and understandable safety performance assessments. CSA 2010 will accom-
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR CSA 2010?
CSA 2010 considers all roadside safety
violations and not just out-of-service violations -- this is diﬀerent from today’s model. You can review these on FMCSA’s website. As a driver, you share safety responsibilities with your employing carrier in several areas; for example, you must make sure your vehicle is in safe operating condition,that you are wellrested and sober when you drive and that you drive within speed limits and follow hours-of-service rules. Safety information on carriers is publicly available online.
You can learn about the BASICs and the new SMS at the CSA 2010 website: csa2010.fmcsa. dot.gov. Review the reports to see where you can improve. To start, you can ask your current employer to pull the safety performance record you have compiled with them. You should know that
. Review your new SMS BASIC percentile ranks in the CSA 2010 Data Preview (csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov/DataPreview). Routinely monitor and review inspection and crash data. Request review of any potentially incorrect data using DataQs (dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov/ login.asp). Review your inspection and violation history for the past two years. Identify patterns, trends, and areas needing improvement and begin to address these now.
CSA 2010 Driver’s Handbook