Posts Tagged ‘csa

06
Jan
11

December to Remember

Did you have a December to remember?

There was a lot of stuff going on in December of 2010. With the blast off of CSA2010 (now just CSA), the Hours of Service rule changes and the Christmas Holidays it may have been difficult to remember what the heck the new year means.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off the last couple of weeks, but now it’s time to refocus and also catch up on the 2010 left overs.

Today might be a good time to look at your CSA scores on the FMCSA website, Vigillo or other source and pick one item to focus on in January. Write it down, along with a few action steps and you can get the new year off on the right foot.

My focus will be on Cargo Securement and I am going to blast out a reminder to our managers to do a 10 minute review of our last training with our drivers.

Down the Road – Mike

24
Nov
10

CSA Go Live Date Nears

CSA

The slated launch date of December 6th, 2010 for the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) is right around the corner. As that nears the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made some last minute adjustments to the measurement system.

The agency will modify the presentation of SMS BASIC results by:

  • Changing the highlight color from red to orange.
  • Changing the term “Deficient” to “Alert” when a motor carrier’s score in one or more BASICs is above the FMCSA threshold for intervention.
  • Improving the language to clarify that BASIC results signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention.

Feedback during the Data Preview indicated that the display of SMS results needs to clarify that BASIC percentiles above the FMCSA threshold signify the carrier is prioritized for an FMCSA intervention and do not signify or otherwise imply a “safety rating” or safety fitness determination.

The Cargo-Related BASIC will be modified to:

  • Recalibrate the Cargo-Related BASIC by adjusting the cargo securement violation severity weightings based on input from subject matter experts (SMEs).
  • Modify the public display to show the SMS Cargo-Related BASIC violations only. The percentiles and intervention status will not be on public display.

Hopefully the above change will level out the scores for carriers that haul the majority of there loads on floats and lowboys versus carriers that haul mainly closed vans.

To review your CSA scores go here.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (It’s pie time)

Down the Road – Mike

28
Oct
10

Texting Ban Started October 27, 2010

Today texting while driving for CMV operators becomes part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s list of serious violations that count against a driver’s CDL. In addition, texting while driving carries a 10-point severity weight rating and is a driver responsible offense in CSA 2010.

Fines range from $2,750 for drivers to $11,000 for carriers.

Additional regulatory actions are being sought to restrict the use of cell phones while driving commercial motor vehicles.

Down the Road – Mike




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