CSA 2010 truck driver scorecards will be made available to trucking companies by the risk management company, Vigillo. These scorecards are being endorsed by the ATA. The scorecards are being marketed as:
“Vigillo’s customized fleet performance scorecards perfectly meet the needs of operating your truck fleet. Problems are identified and addressed before they occur and all drivers and driver managers become participants in a culture of measurable, pro-active Risk Management.”
The scorecards will rate a driver’s performance on seven categories:
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substance
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Improper Loading
- Crash Indicator
Furthermore, each category will be given a color-coded rating of the following:
- RED – Deficient (90% to 100%)
- YELLOW – Warning (75% to 90%)
- GREY – Under Threshold (0% to 75%)
It will also provide the determination of whether or not intervention of any kind is likely. You can view a sample of this driver scorecard, offered by Vigillo.
There is nobody in the industry against safety measures for truck drivers and trucking companies. However, this “scorecard” reminds me of another program that was meant for good: the truck driver DAC Report. We all know where that lead us to . . .
Trucking companies, specifically within the OTR industry, are notable for their ability to pass the blame onto the driver. Will companies really use these scorecards for assessing problem drivers and working with them to correct their score and keep them driving? Or can this be used as another form of a DAC Report system?
As mentioned in our earlier post: CSA 2010 Severity and Point System Safety Rating for Truck Drivers, a driver caught with a leaky tire will receive a rating of 8 . . . only two points under a DUI. Could this scorecard be used to eliminate a driver by a disgruntled dispatcher?
I see the good being attempted by the CSA 2010 initiative, but with an industry as large as trucking, there looks to be too many loop-holes that trucking companies could still bend around, forcing blame on the professional trucker. Furthermore, these scorecards are provided for the trucking companies at a month to month subscription rate. Like DAC, companies paying for the information . . . and like DAC, could easily become another retaliation tool against drivers.
Just my take on it . . .
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