CSA 2010 Rollout: What is Happening When?

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CSA 2010 Rollout: What is Happening When?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed a revised schedule for the roll out of CSA 2010 in line with its commitment to launch this program in the most effective way possible. The rollout schedule is designed to methodically step federal and state enforcement staff, as well as the motor carrier industry, into the program one stride at a time - increasing the safety benefits through better understanding and increased accountability for good safety performance.  The rollout timeline is outlined below:

  • 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 will end.
    • July - The four "50/50" Op-Model Test states, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri and New Jersey, will join the five 100% Op-Model Test states in implementing the program.
    • August - 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.
  • Winter 2010 - Safety Fitness Determination Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled to be released.
  • 2011 - Enforcement staff will be trained, and new interventions will be implemented State-by-State

Covenant Transport Drivers Place 1st and 2nd and 3rd at the California, Central region Truck Driving

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The California Trucking Association held its annual State Truck Driving Championship for the central region in Fresno, CA May 15 2010.

Chuck Norris, a professional driver, came away with a first place in the Sleeper Class competition. Chuck has been competing at the state championship for 6 years and this is his first state award. Chuck has been employed with Covenant Transport since 1998.

Ms. Paloma Valdez, also a professional driver, captured a second place trophy competing in the Flat-bed competition. This was Paloma’s first time competing. Paloma has been employed with Covenant Transport since 2004.

Mr. Jaime Casillas also competed in the Flat-bed competition and place 3rd behind fellow employee Paloma Valdez. This was Jaime’s 2nd year of competition and has been employed since 2004.

Chuck Norris


Covenant Transport Wins Statewide Trucking Safety Awards

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The California Trucking Association Recognizes Covenant Transport  for Excellence in Safety


Sacramento, California - Covenant Transport, Inc. was honored for its outstanding safety record at the California Trucking Association's Fleet Safety Awards Banquet in Sacramento on Wednesday, April 7th, at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento.  Covenant received first place in the General Commodity Truckload Over 7 Million Miles Division, and first place in the Local Under 4 Million Miles Division.


Covenant Transport is part of Covenant Transportation Group, Inc., the holding company for several transportation providers that offer premium transportation services for customers throughout the United States. The consolidated group includes operations from Covenant Transport and Covenant Transport Solutions of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Southern Refrigerated Transport of Texarkana, Arkansas; and Star Transportation of Nashville, Tennessee. The Company's Class A common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CVTI.

California Trucking Association's safety awards program judges companies on specific safety performance, including accident frequency, personnel and hiring systems, documented safety policies and procedures, driver-safety training, internal accident handling procedures, and participation in the association's safety activities.  Top contenders' safety programs are audited, and accident statistics are reviewed by the CTA Safety Staff.

CSA 2010 Data Preview Now Available for Motor Carriers!

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Motor Carriers can now view the inspection data the FMCSA will use to calculate CSA 2010 percentile rankings when the system comes on-line later this year. BASIC scores have not yet been assigned to the data in this preview system, but one can calculate potential inspection weights by viewing the current BASIC violation severity rankings here:

From the FMCSA: 

FMCSA is pleased to announce the Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 Data Preview, which will allow individual motor carriers to review their safety performance data by the CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs). The Data Preview begins on April 12, 2010 and ends on November 30, 2010, the national launch date for the CSA 2010 safety enforcement program.  
During the data preview period, motor carriers are encouraged to closely examine their performance data and immediately address any safety problems.  This is also an opportunity for motor carriers to update and verify their safety performance data online.
This important step is designed to focus motor carriers on identifying and addressing unsafe behaviors that can lead to crash risk. It also underscores FMCSA's commitment to data integrity and the motor carrier industry's responsibility for ensuring commercial vehicle safety.  
Complete details on the Data Preview and the CSA 2010 implementation schedule are published in the Federal Register. The CSA 2010 implementation schedule supports the critical importance of incorporating the findings from over 30 months of operational model testing in nine CSA 2010 pilot states.

Click the following link to view your company data: Data Preview


Remember that data from the last 24 months will be the first data on which your CSA 2010 percentiles will be based. This data preview allows carriers an opportunity to see where they currently stand and take pro-active measures over the next several months to clear up their records in anticipation of full CSA 2010 implementation.


Senator Lincoln Introduces Veterans Training Act in Senate

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Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has introduced S. 3171, the Veterans Training Act, as a stand-alone piece of legislation.  Similar to Rep. Joe Sestak's H.R. 3813 the legislation would open up the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to veterans/students attending career colleges.   Senator James Risch (R-ID) is an original co-sponsor of the Lincoln bill.  
The Veterans Training Act would open up considerably more educational opportunities for our nation's recent veterans by enabling them to receive the benefits of the Post/911 Educational Assistance Program for all forms of higher education.  Specifically, H.R. 3813 would deem a program of education as ‘approved' under the Post 9/11 Educational Assistance Program if the program is provided by an institution offering:  
1.     Postsecondary instruction that leads to an associate or higher degree and the institution is an approved institution of higher learning; or  
2.     Instruction that does not lead to an associate or higher degree and the institution is an approved educational institution.
70% of all Montgomery GI Bill users received vocational training, not college degrees. Unfortunately, veterans attending vocational schools under the Post 9/11 GI Bill are specifically excluded from the benefits of the program.  Covering vocational programs only at colleges unfairly discriminates against veterans pursuing VA approved vocational training programs - including those at career colleges.  Post 9/11 GI Bill veterans should be free to pursue any program of education or training whether degree or non-degree granting.  On return to civilian life, many service members are interested in quickly hitting the ground running.  Short-term certificate and diploma programs can be a critical part of a successful transition.
CVTA members should be reaching out to their respective Senators and to request they become co-sponsors of the legislation.


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On Monday, April 5, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will publish a Final Rule in the Federal Register on the use of electronic logging devices for tracking hours-of-service compliance by the trucking industry. The Final Rule went on public display today.

(FMCSA refers to such devices as electronic on-board recording devices, or EOBRs. However, this term is commonly used to describe comprehensive fleet management systems that do far more than simply monitor hours of service compliance. To distinguish these more comprehensive systems from the ones that FMCSA addresses in this final rule, ATA uses the term electronic logging devices to describe devices that merely track hours of service compliance.)


FMCSA's final rule differs from the 2007 proposed rule in that it includes broader criteria for identifying non-compliant carriers that will be required to install such devices. With the use of broader criteria, more carriers will be required to install electronic logging devices. The Final Rule has three major components:

  1. Regulatory Incentives - to encourage greater voluntary adoption of devices;
  2. Mandatory Adoption - for those motor carriers with a pattern of hours-of-service violations found during a single compliance review;
  3. Device Specifications - that address how the devices must work and what data they must collect.

A summary of each of these components follows:


  1. Regulatory Incentives to Encourage Greater Voluntary Adoption of Electronic Logging Devices


The rule does not mandate the use of devices by safe and compliant motor carriers, but instead attempts to encourage voluntary adoption. FMCSA has offered two primary incentives for motor carriers to voluntarily adopt electronic logging devices for HOS compliance.


a) Compliance Review Record Sampling - When conducting a Compliance Review on carriers that have voluntarily adopted electronic logging devices, FMCSA will permit its investigators to review a random sample of hours of service records after reviewing an initial, selective, sample of drivers' records. Under the current process, investigators deliberately choose a selective sample for review in an attempt to find violations. If 10 percent or more of the records examined show a pattern of violations of the same regulation (the 11 hours of driving rule, for instance) the carrier is found to have violated a "critical" regulation. Under the new rule, a motor carrier voluntarily using electronic logging devices could request that FMCSA examine a random sample of records that provides a representative picture of its entire operation, not just selected terminals, locations, or drivers.


b) Partial Relief from HOS Supporting Documents Requirements - Since electronic logging devices will capture sufficient data on vehicle movement required for verification of HOS compliance, some of the currently required, voluminous, supporting documents will be rendered redundant and unnecessary. Hence, FMCSA will relieve motor carriers voluntarily adopting the use of the devices from having to retain supporting documents that are retained to verify driving time. These carriers would still be required to retain supporting documents to verify non-driving time.


  1. Mandatory Adoption of Electronic Logging Devices for Motor Carriers with a Documented History of Severe Non-Compliance with Hours of Service Rules


While the new rule does not mandate electronic logging devices for all motor carriers, those who are found by FMCSA to have a pattern of non-compliance with a critical HOS regulation (10 percent or more of records checked reflect the same violation) during a single compliance review would be required by FMCSA to install and use electronic logging devices for two years. This requirement would also extend to owner-operators under lease to the non-compliant motor carrier. FMCSA's intent is to focus on carriers with severe problems, while at the same time encouraging others to adopt and use this new technology.



  1. Device Performance Specifications


The final rule includes technical specifications/performance standards setting forth what data the electronic logging devices need to capture, how frequently, with what degree of accuracy, and how the data will be available for law enforcement review. Under these standards, the devices must include Global Positioning System technology or other location tracking system technology to automatically identify the location of each truck and must be "integrally synchronized with the" CMVs in which they are installed in order to record engine use, road speed, and miles driven. As with the requirements for systems in use today, the new rules require that electronic logging devices record the basic information needed to document a driver and his or her workday, such as: the identity of the driver, duty status time data, location of the truck, distance traveled during operation, etc.


Current FMCSA regulations already allow the use of certain recording devices for HOS compliance. Under the new rule, existing devices can continue to be used for the life of the vehicles in which they are installed. However, new devices must meet updated technical specifications consistent with into today's electronic engine and digital/wireless communication systems.


The rule includes a few other matters that will be of particular interest to motor carriers:


  1. While this rule only mandates electronic logging devices for a relatively small number of motor carriers, FMCSA intends to initiate a rulemaking later this year that will consider a mandate for a broader population of motor carriers. In particular, FMCSA will likely propose a mandate for carriers it feels have "higher potential risks," such as passenger carriers, hazardous materials carriers, and new motor carriers initiating operations.


  1. Supporting Documents - In addition to including violations of the 11, 14, and 60/70 hour rule, the list of violations that could trigger a mandate also includes "failing to preserve driver's records of duty status supporting documents for six months." As a result, a carrier not found to have violated the driving and on-duty time regulations (e.g., 11 hour driving rule) could still be required to install electronic logging devices in its vehicles, merely for improper recordkeeping.


  1. Existing Fleet Management Devices - It is important to note that the final rule addresses the use of devices that can capture the data necessary for verification of HOS compliance. It does not speak to more comprehensive fleet management systems that also capture engine and driver performance data. However, motor carriers can use such devices to meet the requirements and conditions of the Final Rule if their devices also include a component that meets the specifications for capturing required HOS compliance information.


Compliance is mandated beginning on June 4th, 2012. The two-year phase-in period will allow motor carriers, manufacturers, and law enforcement groups time to make adjustments and conduct training before the final rule is enforced.



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Full implementation of CSA 2010 will be delayed to 2011, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced. The agency's original plan was to begin implementing the program in July 2010 and to have all states fully functional by December of this year. It now appears that although certain phases of CSA 2010 will begin this fall, full implementation will not be completed until spring or perhaps summer of 2011. As announced on ATA's free member webinar on CSA 2010 earlier this week, FMCSA plans to provide motor carriers with a limited preview of their CSA 2010 data beginning on April 12. ATA will provide members with instructions on how to access their data as soon as these details become available. While this preview will include carriers' safety events (roadside inspections and crashes) and resulting violations, it will NOT reflect carriers' scores in each of the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).

FMCSA also announced that beginning November 30, 2010, motor carriers and the general public will be able to view more complete CSA 2010 Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) data, including scores in each of the BASICs. However, as previously indicated, the public will not be able to view the Crash Indicator scores, because of concerns about the quality of the underlying crash data. On Nov. 30, FMCSA will also begin issuing warning letters to deficient carriers, but will not utilize the full range of CSA 2010 interventions. Instead, FMCSA will use the CSMS (instead of Safestat) to prioritize motor carriers for standard on-site compliance reviews.