It has almost been a year since CSA 2010 was introduced to all carriers throughout the U.S. It was progressively rolled out through 2010 and modified several times to make the system more workable for both government agencies and truck owners.
Has it been successful? Has it achieved its aims of Compliance, Safety, and Accountability? Many experts in the industry have warned of the dangers of receiving a poor CSA ranking, but how has it really affected fleets? Is it taking dangerous drivers, or unsafe carriers off the road?
If there’s one thing you can be sure of with compliance is that it will always be a constantly moving target.
The FMCSA announced, just days ago, of further “tweaking” of the CSA guidelines particularly around the cargo safety category (the C in BASIC). Apparently it was disproportionately weighted against certain segments of the industry.
Speculation is rife that the new CSA 2010 will result in 175,000 truck drivers losing their jobs. Obviously this is causing a lot of concern among drivers already coping with financial uncertainty. So what’s behind the rumor, is there any truth to it and what can drivers do to make sure that CSA 2010 is not bad news for them?
Like a lot of rumors there is an element of truth to the claim, and it’s mostly driven by the fact that CSA 2010 will highlight poor driving records to anyone willing to pay the $10 for access to the FMCSA Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP).