Rair: Large fleets face less risk of intervention under new methodology

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Updated Aug 20, 2010

Addressing concerns raised by industry groups earlier this summer about the design of Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced updates to the Safety Management System methodology intended to better identify carriers deemed “high risk” or otherwise having safety compliance problems. Rair on Monday, Aug. 16, announced that it analyzed the safety performance of more than 60,000 fleets to understand the impact of the new CSA 2010 SMS methodology.

Rair’s research is a follow-up to its original study based on the old methodology. Rair says its analysis revealed:
• The risk of intervention remains at 1 in 5 carriers under the new methodology.
• Among the smallest fleets (1 to 5 vehicles), the risk of intervention rose from 10 percent to 15 percent.
• Among the largest fleets (501 and more vehicles), the risk of intervention declined from 72 percent to 42 percent.

Among the most problematic BASICs:
• Carriers are most likely to be deficient in Fatigued Driving, regardless of fleet size. Vehicle Maintenance and Unsafe Driving are the second and third most problematic BASICs respectively.
• The likelihood of being deficient in the Crash Indicator and Unsafe Driving BASICs decreased significantly for all but the small fleets (15 and fewer vehicles). Conversely, the smallest fleets (1 to 5 vehicles) are significantly more likely to be deficient in these two BASICs.
• The risk of deficiency in the Improper Loading BASIC fell significantly across all fleet sizes.

Starting Monday, Aug. 16, FMCSA is providing individual commercial motor carrier companies a preview of their safety rankings under CSA 2010 to give carriers a clear assessment of their over-the-road performance through the seven CSA 2010 Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs): Unsafe Driving, Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service), Driver Fitness, Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Vehicle Maintenance, Cargo-Related and Crash Indicator.

Carriers have until Dec. 5, the national rollout of CSA 2010, to preview their safety performance data and address any unsafe behaviors that can lead to crashes and fatalities on our roadways. For complete details on the CSA 2010 program and the safety rankings preview for carriers, go to www.csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.