Introduction

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a high priority initiative underway that will change the way motor carrier safety compliance is measured and enforced. This initiative is called "CSA-2010: Comprehensive Safety Analysis."

CSA 2010 is designed to assess the safety performance of a greater portion of the motor carrier industry and intervene early to change unsafe carrier and driver behavior. This initiative introduces two new Safety Measurement Systems (SMS), one for carriers (CSMS) and one for drivers (DSMS). These new systems will allow the FMCSA and its state partners to identify high-risk carriers and drivers. The data will be placed in Behavioral Analysis & Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) that represent unsafe behaviors for carriers or drivers. The BASICs categories include:

  1. Unsafe Driving

  2. Fatigued Driving

  3. Driver Fitness

  4. Controlled Substances and Alcohol

  5. Vehicle Maintenance

  6. Loading and Securement

  7. Crash History

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