Sunday, June 22, 2008

Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) Operational Model Test

During February 2008, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will begin the first phase of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) operational model test. During this test, a representative sample of interstate motor carriers within the States of Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey, and Georgia will be subjected to a new safety measurement system and progressive interventions designed to pinpoint a motor carrier's poor safety performance with significant emphasis placed on the data that is gathered at the roadside.

It is important to note that the operational model test will not provide any regulatory relief. Motor carriers will not be rated during the test because the new methodology must be implemented through rulemaking, which will begin during 2008. In advance of this rulemaking, a motor carrier found to have poor safety performance, and is unresponsive to the new CSA 2010 interventions, will undergo a compliance review and be rated in accordance with FMCSA's current compliance and enforcement process.

During the test, FMCSA will determine the effectiveness of the new operational model; both in safety impact and its effect on State and Federal resources. This test is a critical step in addressing CSA 2010's goals, which include reaching more carriers and drivers, increasing compliance, and decreasing motor carrier-related crashes and fatalities.

The test will continue for 30 months into mid-2010, at which time FMCSA is planning full implementation of the CSA 2010 model. FMCSA would like to thank our State partners who will be participating in the important test: the Colorado State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Department of Transportation, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

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