Preparing for CSA 2010

Let’s Get Prepared for CSA 2010:

Proposed changes replacing the safe-stat system and a timeline for their implementation.

Rollout Timeline

  • April 12 – November 30, 2010

Motor carriers can preview their own data by seeing their roadside inspections/violations and crash events organized by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).

Summer 2010 

  • June 30th: The Operational Model (Op-Model) test ended.
  • July: The four test states partially applying the CSA 2010 Operation Model (Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey) will fully switch over to CSA 2010, bringing total CSA 2010 states to nine.
  • August: The Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology will be modified to increase its effectiveness. Details to follow.  Motor carriers will be able to see an assessment of their violations based on the new Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) which will replace SafeStat later in 2010.

Fall/Winter 2010

SafeStat will be replaced by the CSMS. CSMS will be available to the public, including shippers and insurance companies.

FMCSA/States will prioritize enforcement using the CSMS.

FMCSA will begin to issue Warning Letters to carriers with deficient BASICs.

Roadside inspectors will use the CSMS results to identify carriers for inspection.

Outline of key differences in assessment of:

  1. The emphasis is on individual driver safety.
  2.  Drivers safety record will impact a carrier’s safety score.
  3. Drivers and carriers can be targeted based on the high-risk driver ratings.
  4. The first and last items will have particular weight.


Unsafe Driving – Operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner. Example Violations: Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane change, and inattention. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 397)

Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) – Operation of CMVs by drivers who are ill, fatigued, or in non-compliance with the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. This BASIC includes violations of regulations pertaining to logbooks as they relate to HOS requirements and the management of CMV driver fatigue. Example Violations: HOS, logbook, and operating a CMV while ill or fatigued. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 395)

Driver Fitness – Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications. Example Violations: Failure to have a valid and appropriate commercial driver’s license and being medically unqualified to operate a CMV. (FMCSR Parts 383 and 391)

Controlled Substances/Alcohol – Operation of CMVs by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Example Violations: Use or possession of controlled substances/alcohol. (FMCSR Parts 382 and 392)

Vehicle Maintenance – Failure to properly maintain a CMV. Example Violations: Brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, and failure to make required repairs. (FMCSR Parts 393 and 396)

Cargo-Related – Failure to properly prevent shifting loads, spilled or dropped cargo, overloading, and unsafe handling of hazardous materials on a CMV. Example Violations: Improper load securement, cargo retention, and hazardous material handling. (FMCSR Parts 392, 393, 397 and HM Violations)

Crash Indicator– Histories or patterns of high crash involvement, including frequency and severity. It is based on information from state-reported crashes.