WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the American Trucking Associations (ATA) supports the implementation of the new CSA 2010 safety rating system in the US, it has concerns about several elements of the new program, the association said yesterday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
Addressing the committee on behalf of ATA was Keith Klein, executive vice-president and CEO of Transportation Corporation of America.
“FMCSA deserves to be applauded for its development and implementation of CSA 2010 to date. The agency has gone to great lengths to test the program, develop and implement an extensive outreach and education program, and demonstrated a willingness to accept stakeholder input,” Klein said. “However, ATA has a number of serious concerns relating to how CSA 2010 will work that, if not addressed, will have a dramatic impact on motor carriers and on highway safety.”
Specifically, the ATA wants crash accountability to be determined before it is entered into the system so that crashes not caused by a carrier do not count against it under CSA 2010. The ATA also wants the system to be based on vehicle miles travelled rather than the number of trucks or power units as a measure of exposure. The ATA also wants only actual citations to count, not unadjudicated “warnings” issued by law enforcement.
Other concerns include: carriers being measured based on violations committed by drivers who have been terminated; carriers being measured based on citations that have been dismissed in court; inequitable measurement of flatdeck carriers; and inconsistent state enforcement practices.
“A system that is based on inconsistent data and a flawed scoring methodology will not achieve its objectives. Instead, it will create inequities for some safe carriers and inappropriately allow some unsafe carriers to avoid scrutiny and consequences,” Klein said.
Klein urged the FMCSA to delay implementation of CSA 2010 until it can review an evaluation study of the program that’s currently being conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.
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