CSA2010 Status Update

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DOT Safety Regulation Update Fast-FaxTM
Week of August 9, 2010

In this week’s Fast-Fax we take a look at the status of the CSA2010 program including what you can do to prepare for implementation and how you can fix any problems you might have.

As time goes by, the implementation of the new CSA2010 compliance monitoring system gets closer and closer. Currently scheduled to go into effect in November, CSA2010 has the potential of radically shaking up the industry. As such, this week’s Fast-Fax is dedicated to updating our readers to the status of CSA2010 and to explain what information is currently accessible to them.

Implementation Timeline

FMCSA has released an official timetable of implementation. While CSA2010 has already been delayed (the original implementation date was July 15, 2010) the good news is that, so far, FMCSA seems to have stuck to the new timeline.

Summer 2010
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 2010
  • SafeStat will be replaced by the CSMS. It 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.

Enforcement staff will be trained, and new interventions will be implemented state-by-state.

Reviewing Your Data Now

While CSA2010 is not active yet, motor carriers will soon be able to experience what life will be like under the new system. Starting August 16, motor carriers will be able to log into the CSA2010 website (csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov) and view how CSA2010 is evaluating their compliance.

Some information is already available; many motor carriers have already logged into the site to view the list of violations that FMCSA has gathered for their DOT number.

On August 16, FMCSA will also add the BASIC scores and percentiles to the information already available so that motor carriers will have a complete picture of their compliance.

CSA2010 Website Troubleshooting

Since the first day that the CSA2010 website has been available, we have found that many users have been having issues using it. We’ve created the following troubleshooting guide to help you through the most common issues encountered.

How Do I Log In? — To log in to the site it requires BOTH your DOT number and your DOT number PIN.
What Is My DOT Number PIN? — You should have been issued your PIN when you registered your MCS150. If you don’t know it or cannot remember it you can request a new one via safer.fmcsa.dot.gov. Be sure to request a U.S. DOT Number PIN, NOT a Docket Number PIN. You can also call 1-800-832-5660 for assistance.
The Site Is Claiming I Have Violations That I Have Never Received. — Don’t panic! One of the reasons for this preview of the CSA2010 data is so that FMCSA could remove all spurious violations from its records before the system goes online. To correct a violation you can use the ‘dataqs’ site. This is the same site that is currently being used for the same purpose under the SafeStat system. Simply go to dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov and follow the instructions on screen. Note that there are also several prominently placed links to the dataqs site within the CSA2010 site.

Upcoming Changes

FMCSA has announced a number of changes to the CSA2010 compliance Safety Measurement System (SMS). Although, these changes were not officially published before Fast-Fax went to print, we have heard from several reliable sources about what those changes may entail. It seems that several of the BASICs have been given all-new equations and percentile calculations. We have also heard that the violation weight tables have undergone a substantial rewrite.

We will bring you more details about these changes and the changes to the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program (see the Transportation Ticker sidebar) as soon as they are available.