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CSA 2010 Good for Trucking Industry or Opportunity for Abuse?

Nov
6,
2009
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The trucking industry will soon see a change in the FMCSA safety rating system, Safestat.  The new program, CSA 2010 will soon be underway.   I see what could be a good thing for the safety standards of the trucking industry, but at the same time . . . are there areas that, like most programs, could actually bring about more abuse towards drivers?

Since the 1980’s motor carriers have been evaluated by the FMCSA through a CR – Compliance Review.  This review is lengthy, time consuming and involves heavy paperwork . . . but is the only way the FMCSA can assign ratings for safety.  Because of the heavy workload involved with the CR, less than 2% of the trucking companies in the U. S.  were inspected within a year.   Furthermore, through the CR evaluation process, the safety rating given to the carrier does not expire until the carrier is again scheduled to be rated again . . . no matter how poorly the carrier is currently operating.

As of right now, under the Safestat safety rating system, trucking companies are checked within four areas:

  • Driver
  • Vehicle
  • Safety Management
  • Accident

The CSA 2010 system will increase to seven areas:

  • Unsafe Driving
  • Fatigued Driving
  • Driver Fitness
  • Controlled Substance and Alcohol
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Improper Loading/Cargo Securement
  • Crash Indicator

Furthermore, two new safety measurement systems will come into play with the CSA 2010:  one for carriers (CSMS) and one for drivers (DSMS).   Never before were drivers directly measured for safety under the SafeStat system, but now they will be . . . and this is where I see the potential for problems.

There is a lot that I like about the new CSA 2010 system, mostly making drivers more responsible for their actions in relation to safety.  However, I can see a few areas that could easily be turned around and used against drivers under no fault of their own:

  • Fatigued Driving — Driving a CMV when fatigued. This is distinguished from incidents where unconsciousness or an inability to react is brought about by the use of alcohol, drugs, or other controlled substances. Data includes (1) hours-of-service violations discovered during an off-site investigation, on-site investigation, roadside inspection, or post-crash inspection, and (2) crash reports with driver fatigue as a contributing factor. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 395)

  • Problem: Drivers are often “pushed” by dispatch to deliver “HOT” load(s) – of course, they can refuse but will driver risk “punishment” by company such as  drop in miles?  Starved out?   DAC Report?

  • Vehicle Maintenance — CMV failure due to improper or inadequate maintenance. Data includes (1) roadside violations for brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, (2) crash reports citing a mechanical failure as a contributing factor, and (3) violations from an off-site investigation or an on-site investigation associated with pre-trip inspections, maintenance records, and repair records. (FMCSR Parts 393 and 396)

  • Problem: Driver held responsible when company has their own “maintenance” dept./ shop which signs off for repairs. Why should the driver receive points or fines where they have no control over a company who operates with poorly maintained equipment?

  • Improper Loading/Cargo Securement — Shifting loads, spilled or dropped cargo, and unsafe handling of hazardous materials. Data includes (1) roadside inspection violations pertaining to load securement, cargo retention, and hazardous material handling, and (2) crash reports citing shifting loads, or spilled/dropped cargo as a cause or contributing factor. (FMCSR Parts 392, 393, 397 and HM Violations)
  • BIG Problem: Many trailers are loaded by shipper while driver is not allowed on dock or to supervise loading.  Driver is required to remain in truck.   Driver should not be held responsible for an unsecured load that he or she does not have the opportunity to inspect.

I feel the FMCSA has good intentions with the CSA 2010 system, but I can already see the potential of  responsibilities easily being manipulated and placed unjustly, once again, on the professional driver.

READ POST CSA and DAC  to Cause more Job Loss posted 1/18/10


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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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67 Responses to CSA 2010 Good for Trucking Industry or Opportunity for Abuse?. - Post a Comment

  1. theDale P.

    I remember when they brought in the C D L it was to get the dangerous drivers off the road!! At least that was the big sales pitch,,, interesting fact though,, accidents INCREASED alarmingly! Its all in the records!!

  2. Harold Houston

    I`ve been a trucker for too many years and all i can say about the overweight and fat issue is that I wish I was so they would put me out of work.Sounds like a disability claim to me and the federal gov.could fund me and pay my bills.Trucking is all I know and if you think about it,are they going to train you for another occupation.NO they wont.Moral of this would be,all you overweight of so called fat drivers that lose your livelyhood,STICK IT TO EM and let the government support your family…..

  3. Harold Houston

    Thats what they wanted everyone to think.CDL was the beginning of government control in the trucking industry

  4. Ashley Haynes

    I’ve just started learning more about this new law…my husband is a diesel mechanic for a local trucking company and his brother is the dispatcher. They have several drivers who are worried about this new law due to the fact that they are overweight. I work in the chocolate business, healthy chocolate to be exact. We have put a couple of the drivers on our healthy chocolate and they are losing weight while gaining more energy. I am trying to focus all my time and energy on imnproving truck drivers’ lifestyles and keeping them healthy. I know that most of the time they can’t get healthy meals and what they are eating is not only bad for them, but expensive. We have a better way…check out my website http://www.hayneshealthychocolate.com.

  5. Tiger

    I think the csa rules will make things more complicated for truckers because the companies are forcing the driver to drive when he or she is not rested.For example if you have an electronic log in your truck and you drive 50 miles which is about an hour and deliver and you have 9.75 hours to drive and its 8am then your driver manager tells you to go on break after you just came back on duty after a 10 hour break.He tells you to take another 10 hour break and pick up at 1900. your not sleepy because you slept that night and your laying there all day wishing you could got to sleep but cant.so that night when you pick up the load you are driving all night to deliver the next morning at 7am.I think fmcsa needs to take another look at all this because they are setting us up for detruction.

  6. Bill carver

    Just lost my job due to sleep apnea test requirement. 3.5 years, 462000 accident free complaint free, late freight free violation free and ticket free years.

    Will the government reimburse me for the $6000 spent ringer a cfl? No. Good luck out there. This is called soft tyranny.

  7. Allen Smith

    Bill: sorry to hear about this. Would like to hear more about what happened and the circumstances around it. We will be having a show on Thursday, January 27th at 7 PM ET. Our special guest will be Todd Dills, Sr. Editor of Truckers News Magazine, and one thing he is interested in is what, if anything, drivers have experienced from the CSA and other such regulations hitting the trucking industry and how drivers are being effected by these.

    Hope you can join us and perhaps we can find some answers to this situation.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking/2011/01/28/raising-truck-driver-wages-through-the-csa

    Best of luck,

    Allen

  8. jesse

    i got a warning for over axle weight in oregon.will this give me points on my 2010?

  9. jesse

    got a warning for over axle in oregon.will this give me points on my 2010? the officer said no.but i was told any warnings or tickets would add points..

  10. Allen Smith

    This has been a controversial topic from the beginning. Many have fought the idea of getting points for a warning ticket, but I believe it still remains that a warning ticket will also acquire points.
    Will need to check with FMCSA and determine if this has been altered.

  11. ARNE

    CSA-2010 WHAT CAN I SAY. HAVE BEEN DRIVING 35 YRS. AFTER STUDYING THIS FOR AWEEK OR SO, IT BOILS DOWN TO THIS.. THE STATES AND THE FEDS NEED [WANT] MORE MONEY. LET’S TAKE IT FROM THE TRUCDRIVERS. THERE IS NO OTHER REASON. THEY DO NOT REALLY GIVE A DAMN ABOUT SAFETY! IT IS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! IF YOU GET 3 VIOLATIONS IN 3 YEARS FOR EVEN 1 CLEARANCE LITE OUT, THERE GOES YOUR CDL! FOR LIFE! WELL THEY CAN HAVE MINE NOW! LET THE ILLEGALS AND THE NON ENGLISH SPEAKING ROAD TRASH HAVE THE JOBS, ALL THE JOBS! SEE WHERE THIS COUNTRY WINDS UP THEN. THANK YOU, MY GOVERNMENT FOR TURNING MY COUNTRY INTO A 3RD WORLD GARBAGE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. ARNE

    ABSOLUTELY!! OPEC,CHINA,INDIA AND THE REST OF THE 3rd WORLD WONDERS HAVE BEEN SCREWING US FOR YEARS! THAT IS HOW OBAMA GOT ELECTED. BY THE VOTES OF ALL THE PARASITES THAT CAME TO THIS COUNTRY WITH THE PROMISE OF FREE EVERYTHING FOR COMING, LEGAL OR NOT, AND DO NOT FORGET OUR OWN HOMEGROWN CAREER WELFARE RECIPIENTS! NOT TO FORGET ABOUT ALL THE F*#^%EN FOREIGN AID WE ARE SENDING TO ALL THOSE DAMN COUNTRIES AND JIHADISTS THAT ARE TRYING TO KILL US!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Steve H.

    This such a wonderful scam. CSA 2010 is NOT about safety!! Never has been, never will be!! “Good ol’ boy” favoritism, MEGA-beaucracy, medicial profileing, and the ever present techenological “deitys” = “safety”? NOT!!! (Good smoke-screen,though.) Big oil, big government, big insuraunce companies and the big trucking companies. Everybody Wins!! Everybody BUT, “We the People”!! What happened to the “America” i grew up in? It seems our national mindset has beeen sold down the road by all of these left-wing NWO carpet baggers, they extoll their bogus agenda of “Safety”, while feverishly shoveling $$$ into their pockets from all the above named speecial interest groups.(But we’re not supposed to notice that!) I’m in complete agreement with Jack, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE DOG FOOD, AMERICA!! “Big Brother” & the “NWO”, HAVE-TAKEN-OVER!! The worse news is folks, unless we all stand together, as truckers, and say “No More!!” ITS NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER!!

  14. […] Some referred to CSA 2010 as in fact “abusing” truck drivers, claiming that some drivers are cited for instances they have no control over; for example, a driver may be cited for fatigue driving when their dispatch team was pressing them to deliver a HOT load or a driver may be cited for an unsecured load when it was the shipper who loaded the trailer and who required the driver to stay in the truck (http://miketestsite.info/csa-2010-good-for-trucking-industry-or-opportunity-for-abuse/). […]

  15. Charlie

    How can you get points for a warning? that would be like getting points on your license for a warning for a busted tailight on your car. How can that even be legal? And how can this fitness nonsense be legal. the military had a pinch test for years befiore someone finally stepped up and challenged them in court on it. the military was found to be discriminating and now there are no pinch test.

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