Over the past year I’ve seen CSA change from “CSA 2010” to “CSA late 2010” to just “CSA,” and that’s just the name of this game. During that same time period, there have also (not surprisingly) been a lot of changes in how the FMCSA will manage and measure fleets. For the most part, the industry as a whole has supported the reasons and the basic reasoning behind CSA 2010. However, there have been many portions of the methodology that have caused a lot of hubbub among fleets, drivers, and industry associations. The ATA especially has been strong in advocating for these 3 major changes in the CSA methodology.
- Change from APU (Average Power Unit) based BASICs [Unsafe Driving, Crash Indicator, Drug/Alcohol] to a hybrid of APU and Vehicle Miles Traveled.
- Speeding! Separate Speeding Warnings and Speeding Violations (in which the driver received a ticket) from each other and give different severity weights to warnings, violations, and indicate the magnitude of the violation in the severity weight.
- Crashes. Include fault determination so that only drivers found at fault for a crash would receive points.
These changes in the CSA methodology have been heavily lobbied by the trucking industry over the last year. There are many indications that the FMCSA will eventually include all of the above changes … but of course, at their own time line! The change from APU to the hybrid of APU and Vehicle Miles Traveled is expected to be complete later this summer whereas the Crash Indicator will probably look like this for the next few years…
Luckily, Vigillo customers will be kept abreast of all of these changes!
In addition to major changes in CSA, the FMCSA is constantly revising the severity weights in the BASIC, which violations are and are not being included, and we haven’t even gotten to how the FMCSA might be handling interventions. With the shifting ground carriers are standing on, it’s no surprise that rumor and hysterics abound.
But don’t worry (Vigillo Customers)! We keep your fleet updated with the most current methodology in our scorecards. We advocate for the industry by supplying ATA with statistics HERE. We worry and fret so you don’t have to.
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