CSA 2010

What is CSA 2010  and how does it apply to truck drivers.

Tens of thousands of drivers will lose their Jobs when CSA rating system is implemented.

Beginning July 2010, the FMCSA will implement Comprehensive Safety Analysis or CSA 2010- an initiative aimed at improving large truck and bus safety, and ultimately reducing commercial motor vehicle related crashes, injuries and fatalities.


WASHINGTON-The federal government's new proposed Comprehensive Safety Analysis of how it rates trucking companies and drivers is being delayed, much to the relief of the trucking industry.

Dubbed CSA 2010, the new program is now going to be rolled out in phases, starting Nov. 1 and into next year. So the program effectively now becomes CSA 2011.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) originally planned to begin implementation of their new safety overhaul, in July 2010 and to have all states fully functional by December. It now appears full implementation could be delayed until spring, or even summer, of 2011.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that full implementation of CSA will be delayed to 2011. 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.

The new CSA 2010 approach will:

*Directly monitor the safety and performance of individual drivers

*Address problem drivers based on their records across multiple employers

*Hold both motor carriers and drivers responsible for safety and performance

How Does CSA 2010 Driver Enforcement Process Work?

The driver enforcement process provides FMCSA with the tools to identify problem drivers and to verify and address the issues. the new Driver Safety Measurement System enables Safety Investigators (SI) to evaluate roadside performance of drivers across employers over a 3-year period. Using this system, SIs can identify "high profile" drivers with overall poor safety histories, who work for carriers that have been identified as requiring a CSA2010 investigation. If the investigation results verify the driver violation(s), FMCSA takes an enforcement action against that driver,such as a Notice of Violation or a Notice of Claim.

CSA 2010 Driver Safety Enforcement Approach

*Focuses on driver enforcement for serious rule violations,such as driving while disqualified,driving without a valid commerical driver's license,making a false entry on a medical certificate, committing numerous hours of service violations.

*Enforcement action will be taken directly against the driver for these violations. If the carrier is also determined to be a responsible party, it may also receive enforcement action.

* Looking ahead, FMCSA plans to identify and intervene with unsafe drivers beyond the pool of drivers that are addressed in conjunction with motor carrier interventions.

Making Carriers Aware of Driver Safety Performance

Beginning in late 2009, FMCSA's Commercial Drivers Pre-Employment Screening Program will provide carriers with individual drivers' safety performance histories with previous employers. These "Driver Profile" contain important driver data including crash and inspection histories for individual drivers. Under the program, a driver would authorize FMCSA to release this information to carriers through a third party contractor. Drivers will also be able to obtain their own crash and inspection file through the third party or through a FOIA request with FMCSA.

What will mean for YOU ?


Drivers could face ALL of the above negative consequences if you do not begin taking action NOW to implement and follow a measurable, results-oriented safety program, under the coming guidelines.

CSA 2010

Moving from Carrier to Carrier will not keep your safety rating from being affected. Your eating will follow you from company to company.

Don't be one of the thousands of drivers that lose their job. Your DAC Report is your life make sure your driving record is correct and if not begin now to correct the errors.

Most motor carriers and drivers haven't heard of CSA 2010, yet it is quite massive in its scope, and represents a major change in the way the FMCSA audits companies.

Perhaps the most profound change, and how this affects individual drivers are going to be audited and each will be given a personal safety rating. This personal safety rating will determine weather or not the driver is considered eligible to continue driving or requires some sort of intervention.

CSA 2010 intends to use new data--such as information from police accident reports about driver-related factors contributing to a crash--and improve existing data sources--by, for example using its database of licensed commercial drivers to identify all drivers with convictions for unsafe driving practices, as well as the carriers they work for--to enable a more precise assessments of safety problems.

CSA 2010 will support evolving and new enforcement and compliance efforts. For example:

1. Carriers from Canada and Mexico that operate in the United States under open border agreements will be rated under CSA 2010 in the same way as U.S. carriers.

2. Violations found through audits of new entrants will be used in the CSA 2010 safety measurement system

3. Data sources related to 7 Core Behavioral Areas of CSA 2010 will be developed to focus attention on drivers qualifications, a key FMCSA policy area.

It is anticipated that full implementation of CSA 2010 by FMCSA will begin on or around July 1, 2010.

16 violations that FMCSA has determined will result in an automatic audit failure.

The list includes:

1) Failure to implement an alcohol and/or controlled substances testing program.

2) Using a driver known to have an alcohol content of 0.04 or greater to perform a safety-sensitive function.

3) Using a driver who refuses to submit to an alcohol orr controlled substance test required under part 382.

4) Using a driver known to have tested positive for a controlled substances.

5) Failing to implement a random controlled substances and/or alcohol testing program.

6) Knowingly using a driver who does not possess a valid commercial drivers license.

7) Knowingly allowing, requiring, permitting, or authorizing an employee with a commercial driver's license which is suspended revoked, or canceled by a state or who is disqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

8) Knowingly allowing, requiring permitting, or authorizing a driver to drive who is disqualified to operate a motor vehicle.

9) Operating a motor vehicle without having in effect the required minimum levels of financial responsibility coverage.

10) Operating a passenger-carrying vehicle without having in effect the required minimum levels of financial responsibility coverage.

11) Knowingly using a disqualified driver.

12) Knowingly using a physically unqualified driver.

13) Failing to require a driver to make a record of duty status.

14) Requiring or permitting the operation of a commercial motor vehicle declared "out of service" before repairs are made.

15) Failing to correct out-of-service defects listed by truck drivers in a driver vehicle inspection report before the vehicle is operated again.

16) Using a commercial motor vehicle not periodically inspected.

A carrier who fails an audit is notified within 45 days and given 60 days to correct the problem or lose its operational authority. Passenger carriers and HazMat haulers are given only 45 days to correct violations.

FMCSA will check compliance with requirements related to insurance, accidents reports, equipment and maintenance records, driver qualifications, CDL, license standards,truck drivers records of duty status,drug an alcohol testing, and hazardous materials, if applicable.

Under these new rules a carrier automatically fails if an auditor finds a single occurrence of these violations. The FMCSA looked back at audits conducted in a recent five year period and estimated that 47.9% would have been failures under the new rules.

So you can see that the CSA initiative represents a major change for carrier and drivers. It is important to note that the FMCSA is collecting data right now for the purpose of scoring its initial audits next year. That's right. Even though the initiative is one year away, what companies and drivers are doing right now will be factored into the CSA 2010 audit.

CSA 2010 will be looking at the last 36 months of your driving record including roadside inspections to determine your safety score. So what you do now will affect your safety rating when CSA 2010 is implemented.

Violations that occur in the last 12 months will have the point value tripled in the calculation of your safety score.

CSA 2010: The Point System

FMCSA officials have assigned point values for various violations that truckers may have noted on inspections or on crash reports. Here’s a list of some of the point values.


* Following too close – 392.2 ----------- 5 Points

* Violating OOS order – 392.5(c)(2)--------10 Points

* 60/70-hour rule – 395.1(o)---------------7 Points

* Failure to include driver signature or certification in duty status records – 395.8(d)(5)--------------------------2 Points

* Failure to list main office address in duty status records – 395.8(d)(7------2 Points

* Driver failing to retain previous * 7 days’ logs – 395.8(k)(2)---------------5 Points

* No medical certificate – 391.41(b)(3)----1 Points

* Inoperative tail lamp – 393.9(a)---------6 Points

* Failure to display current CVSA Decal: Permanent Authority – 365.511------------4 Points

* Periodic inspection – 396.21-------------4 Points

States now testing, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey and Kansas.

Here are a few things you can do now to help start preparing you for what is coming this summer.

1) Operate your truck legally, pay special attention to your hours of service.

2) Don't speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic or do anything else that would cause you to be singled out for a roadside inspection.

3) Do a good pre-trip inspection on your truck and trailer and record it in your logbook.

4) Remember whatever you do will now be reflected on your companies rating as well as yours.

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Tanker Driver 19 yrs 
Why all the focus on the driver ? I believe the FMCSA needs to put more pressure on the company's they are the one's forcing drivers to run the equipment …

Can't find a trucking job. 
It has made it hard for to find a job. As i have driven for companies that are slow about fixing stuff. I would write it up tell them this or that …

CSA 2010 Jobless 
On 11/11/2010 my dispatcher/office manager came out to my truck and told me that the insurance company said that i had to go, I was deemed a risk. …

tire of this bolony 
I think what we need is to stop at least for a week and let those stupids, who wrote this law to re-write it when not food or supplies, got at their door …

Just plain wrong 
Maybe these idiots need to spend a week in our world to see what we go through just to make a living. As company drivers we can fill out our inspection …

I think csa 2010 is a joke another way for the government to screw us even harder if they want to get on the driver for his weight or body fat tell …

csa 2010 sucks  
I understand there probably is a need for some revamping of the system but some of the fitness rules are ridiculous. It wouldn't take a person very …

Standing Up and Fed Up 
If this is going to effect everyone as much as I think it will then they want to put the little man outta business when ya put all the little men together …

In a nut shell? This is complete BS! Law enforcement EMTs and Firefighters drive double and even triple shifts no body questions fatique levels or …

Economy will never get better with this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not rated yet
They should regulate the rates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and everybody will be able to make a living and take care of ther business. Nobody will be speeding,every …

CSA2010 will put many on welfare and unemployed Not rated yet
My opinion on this topic is that the CSA point system is a bunch of BS!!!! This system will put many drivers out of work and on welfare. From articles …

Just a little something..... Not rated yet
I am new to the trucking industry - I do not even have my license yet, but my better half has been driving for over ten yrs. I am a Jane-of-all-trades …

CSA2010 is a one sided joke Not rated yet
One morning about 2:30 I was trying to deliver a load of detergent back in 2009. It was in Franklin county Kentucky where the road I took was no longer …

Shadow Not rated yet
CSA 2010 is the biggest crock that has ever been written. The program is written for one purpose only, to eliminate driver. What Law Enforcement needs …

Funny to watch how the govt and perfectionists,mke this country a notch futher towards chaos and ruin. Not rated yet
I'm a hair thickness close to getting outa the trucking world. Been in it for 5 years to long!! Its now become like being an airline pilot,minus the pay!!! …

Sign of the times!!! The govt shall answer before gods bench as to why they caused suffering to manyy families!!! Not rated yet
Was at the Oregon scales, I 84 west of Ontario. pulled in got weighed,then told to pull into the shop for an inspection. He was ready to go home but was …

CSA 2010 a big one sided headache  Not rated yet
I got stuck in 8-of 2009 no big deal I never been to the area before. I make a right at a 4 lane road 2 in 2 out I had a half mile to get to the drop point …

CDL TRUCK DRIVER Not rated yet

Pokydoright Not rated yet
This is a sweetheart deal between paid off politicians and the railroad industry in the freight competition. Railroad execs are applauding the removal …

Why should the drivers pay ? Not rated yet
Why should the drivers have to pay for what the companies do some drivers tell these companies about the problems going on with their trucks and they …

Driver Not rated yet
I am going to comment on csa 2010 I believe it great but I think if trucker's job is considered as important as flying space shuttle then they should …

Dave Not rated yet
Can anyone tell me how I can get a copy of my violations (points)? I was told last Friday that the insurance would cost too much to renew, so therefore …

Moe Durham Not rated yet
I've been driving a commercial vehicle since 1985, and this is by far the most regulated industry in the world. Albeit, truck related accidents are horrific, …

Big Government....little 'ole trucker Not rated yet
Seriously? Retroactive? It's hard enough for a lot of the truck drivers to make a living and now there are even more restrictions? Company drivers to …

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Owner Operator Not rated yet
Everyone in the trucking industry needs to park their trucks, for as long as these so called safety program is in effect. Put these A-HOLES back working …

With Gods Help Not rated yet
I have been driving for 16 years. Been o/p for 7years. With gods help there will not be a 17th. I love driving a truck,but the government has made it …

Gunslinger Not rated yet
As if the economy wasn't bad enough and there wasn't a lot of people out of work already. Now the government wants to put more people out of work with …

Gunslinger Not rated yet
I think that CSA2010 is a bunch of BS just another way for the government to mess with truck drivers. As if we didn't have enough to worry about now …

Steel Hauler Not rated yet
My Name is Garry Ambrose I thought the Unemployment rate in this country was bad enough as it is making it worse with this CSA2010 is not the answer. Our …

Another Goverment Botch Job In The Making Not rated yet
I've been driving trucks since I was in my early twenties. If I was under the proposed new rules/regulations over my driving career I would most likely …

Driver Not rated yet
The trucking industry has been under the gun ever since the birth of MADD came into effect. I can't for the life of me understand how trucking effects …

Independent Not rated yet
This is primarily caused by the larger carriers that pay lobbyist to go to Washington to bribe politicians to insure their own growth and benefit. …

Start regulating Dr's not us Truckers Not rated yet
They let Dr's work as many hours but feel the need to regulate us truckers that have to try and earn a decent living for our families. There are a lot …

#1OwnerOperator Not rated yet
This CSA-2010 IS A BUNCH OF BULL IF I MAY SAY! Who are these people in Washington trying to please. Why and how come nobody asked me if i agree with this. …

Log Truck  Not rated yet
I drive a log truck and it hard to keep truck up. We do all we can, log trucks work hard we can do as much 4oo mile a day on two lane, come out of …

Veteran82 Not rated yet
Where is this article on Fitness, can't seem to find it and is there a way to fight this catastrophe? Like a petition? Thanks, V82

Veteran82 Not rated yet
What is the section on Fitness everyone is commenting on, can't seem to find it. Thank You, V82

Retroactive isn't right Not rated yet
I really don't understand how they can go back and take into consideration your DOT stops and even if you just got a warning on something, hold it against …

Get Real Not rated yet
This is government b.s. to pave the way for the railroads way of taking over freight. Look at all the rail road work going on.

Trucking Co Owner Not rated yet
This whole thing is B.S. to raise revenue! WHY should the performance of a driver effect a company's ability to earn a living? I am a independent owner …

Too Much BIG BROTHER! Not rated yet
I am on my 30th year of driving a truck, and as each year goes by- I have made comments about hanging it up- yet as each year rolls by- I just keep trucking, …

Driver Not rated yet
Well folks it looks like the good ole days are over for good, they have exported jobs everywhere else, and with the new CSA rules your going to see a lot …

ISRAEL CORTEZ 111 Not rated yet

Driver Not rated yet
I do not have any tickets or a bad rep in a semi but this is ridiculous. To implement it is a good idea in part but to go back 3 years on driver’s records …

scott Not rated yet
So much for driving a truck they are going to get so many inexperienced who is going to cause more accidents. this is so bad for the economy but good …

Rich Glenn Not rated yet
Was stopped yesterday for a headlight out now these were "daytime headlights and one was out, How am I supposed to know until my next stop that I had a …

Driver Not rated yet
We need less educated idiots and more experianced truck drivers helping to make laws concerning HOS and many other laws

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