The FMCSA safety initiative, CSA 2010, has certainly gotten the industry talking. The problem that I see now is that there is still too much misinformation being bounced around about the new safety program. The main reason for the wrong info is due to the fact that the program keeps changing. Nobody really knows what the final results will be when the CSA 2010 is fully implemented . . . it really comes down to a “wait and see” attitude.
Another problem with all of this, is that there is contradictory information, even on the government sites. I hear over and over that truck drivers will not be accessed scores through the CSA 2010 . . . I say that they will, just as the motor carriers will receive a score. At least, for the way it is written now . . . again, that could change, but I do not believe it will. Truck drivers, along with their motor carrier will be scored on their performances. The following shows what a Motor Carrier’s Rating Score will look like with the new safety program, with this card being named: Carrier Safety Measurement:
This score card clearly shows a 98.6% score towards unsafe driving, along with other basic scores, against the motor carrier. This card can be found on page 35 of the SMS Methodology. As noted, the performance of the truck driver will be in direct correlation with the motor carrier’s score. As pointed out to me by Rickey Gooch of PrePaid Legal:
“Carriers will be judged by the FMCSA point system which is 80% driven by driver citations and inspections. If a driver decides not to fight a ticket, he or she is in fact, damaging the motor carrier he or she is working for.”
The only thing I would change in this statement is, “Carriers will be “scored” . . . ” just as truck drivers will be on a scoring system as well, with the below card being named: Driver Safety Measurement:
The above driver score card shows how a driver can receive a score of 99.9% for unsafe driving, thus resulting in an intervention. Of course, we all know that more than likely, a driver of this caliber would be terminated by the company. This score card can be seen on page 36 of the same SMS Methodology.
Perhaps I’m missing something here? From what I see . . . there will be a CSA 2010 scoring system for both Motor Carrier and driver. The FMCSA may be twisting the terminology around by saying that carriers and drivers will be placed in a peer percentile to make it appear that a single score card will not be enacted . . . but I’m just not seeing it that way.
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