The CSA 2010 is looking to crack down on driving violations in the upcoming years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is behind the implementation of the CSA 2010 and is looking to decrease the number of crashes and fatal crashes that involve trucks. The FMCSA created and is using the CSA 2010 scorecard to rate carriers on their safety. The carriers get rated in seven different areas known as the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASIC).
- Unsafe Driving
- Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service)
- Driver Fitness
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Crash Indicator
The carriers will be given a score for each category and their score will determine whether or not intervention from the FMCSA will occur. Here is the way companies will be rated:
- RED – Deficient (90% to 100%)
- YELLOW – Warning (75% to 90%)
- GREY – Under Threshold (0% to 75%)
You can view a sample of this driver scorecard, offered by Vigillo to see if intervention will be required.
From the list of the seven BASICs, you can see that four or the seven categories are driver related. This goes to show that the FMCSA is really out to crack down on driver violations. This is the best way to stop trucking accidents that are directly caused by poor or distracted driving. The FMCSA saw too many trucker involved accidents - which reflect very poorly on the trucking industry - happen under the SafeStat System that preceded the CSA 2010 standards. SafeStat did not have strict enough guidelines so the BASICs were created and CSA 2010 scorecard was created based on the seven standards. These seven measures of a carrier should help to greatly improve trucking safety on the roads for not only truckers, but for all drivers who share the road with big rigs.