CSA 2010 Data Now Visible to Motor Carriers

Starting Aug. 16, carriers in all states can log on to FMCSA's data preview website "to see where they stand, and start taking corrective action prior to our scheduled implementation later this year," as Anne Ferro, the agency's administrator, said recently.

The rollout of CSA 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new safety measurement system for motor carriers, moved ahead Aug. 16 when carriers in all states could log on to a data preview website. This allows them "to see where they stand, and start taking corrective action prior to our scheduled implementation later this year," Anne Ferro, the agency's administrator, said Aug. 4 in a speech to the Minnesota Trucking Association. She also provided updates on several other FMCSA initiatives.

She said the revised hours of service rule has been in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget since July 26. OMB has a maximum 90 days to complete a review, after which FMCSA will publish the proposal in the Federal Register and seek public comment. "A comment period is expected to begin by November," Ferro said, according to the text of her comments posted on the agency's website. "At the same time, we have published a new rule to help us reach a higher standard of safety -- electronic on-board recorders, or EOBRs. This final rule will require carriers with serious patterns of hours of service violations to install electronic on-board recorders. We expect to publish a proposed rule on the broader use of EOBRs by the end of the year."

Ferro said FMCSA expects to publish both a proposed rule on cell phone use by commercial motor vehicle drivers and a final rule on texting by them later this year.

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