Vigillo offers view into new CSA 2010 methodology

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Vigillo – creators of data mining software products designed to aggregate, organize and deliver complex fleet safety information in an easy-to-read scorecard format – announced it has updated the Vigillo CSA 2010 Scorecard with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recently announced methodology changes.

Vigillo customers now can view their new scores prior to the scheduled FMCSA projected viewing date of Aug. 16. The new methodology changes made by the FMCSA include 31 new violation codes not in the previous methodology; 300 violations removed; 260 weight severity changes; 88 violation description changes; and 335 violation code changes.

Examples of these new changes include areas such as cargo securement where violations in the old methodology were weighted 1 point now are weighted at 5 points. Speeding violations now are tiered based on the number of miles over the limit; a speeding violation previously was ranked at 5 points, but now the new methodology gives 1 point for 1-5 miles over the limit, 4 points for 6-10 miles over, 7 points for 11-14 miles over, 10 points for 15 or more miles over, and 10 points for any speeding in a construction zone. Also, 18 of the possible 21 intervention thresholds, depending on carrier type, have been modified.

“These are game-changing moves the FMCSA has made,” says Steve Bryan, chief executive officer of Vigillo. “Because we have the ability to make these changes with relative ease, our 1800 customers are now being scored using the new methodology and can view their new scores now – versus waiting until the official FMCSA release date of August 16.”

Early comparisons between the “before and after” August 2010 revised methodology suggest an equal dose of elation and depression, Bryan says. Some examples: Under the previous methodology, one fleet with 1,100 power units was over the intervention threshold in Vehicle Maintenance & Driver Fitness; they’re also now over the intervention threshold in Cargo Securement. Another fleet had two BASICs over the intervention threshold (Drug & Alcohol & Vehicle Maintenance); under the new methodology, they now have zero BASICs over the threshold, and in fact, this carrier’s Drug & Alcohol BASIC went from 91.9 to 5.9 under the new methodology

“Perhaps the significance here is not in the fact that our customers are getting a bit of an advantage, but in the fact that nearly 1,000 changes have been made to what was CSA 2010 and we incorporate those changes to reflect what will be CSA 2010, and make them in less than 24 hours,” Bryan says. “Because we made the changes so rapidly, we can now start running sophisticated analytics using real customer data, not ‘estimates,’ to see exactly how these changes will impact our customers and the industry as a whole.”