Home > All Mercertown Blog Posts, CSA 2010 > CSA 2010 DRIVER RATINGS, CONTINUED


Well, it looks like the motor carrier will be deciding what driver point totals will be acceptable under CSA 2010. On February 5, in a speech to the Mid-West Truckers Association Annual Convention, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said that the driver violation data will be used to target interventions with carriers with unsafe drivers. “We are not at this time proposing to issue ‘safety ratings’ for drivers or to disqualify a driver based on our CSA 2010 scoring system” Ferro said. “We may consider that at some point after the program has matured but it is not part of what we are doing at this point.”

Of course, as has been mentioned previously, carriers will have to establish point standards in hope of preventing an FMCSA intervention, or perhaps as the result of one. In my last blog, I discussed the process involved in establishing Mercer’s standards in regards to CSA 2010.  I expect that the FMCSA position as outlined by Ms Ferro will speed up that process considerably, probably by a couple of months.  It is important that drivers at Mercer do not get written up for Unsafe Driving (ie speeding), Cargo Securement (ie defective or missing tiedowns) or Fatigued Driving (ie log violations). Remember, only the writeup causes the damage, a ticket or an OOS just makes things worse. Just a “warning” is not getting a break. They count. And they have been counting since January 1, 2009.

In addition to her remarks concerning CSA 2010, Ms Ferro also mentioned that a final rule  concerning driver fatigue is pending that would require electronic on-board recorders.  No other details are known at this time. This is shaping up to be a challenging year for everyone in trucking. Hang in there folks. Do it right every trip. Be safe.

  1. Holloway, Robert E.
    February 17, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I am afraid that when eobr’s are required I will have to leave as I will not put one in/on my truck at my expense. If the government wants it they can retrofit my truck as it did not or does not have one when built

    • Glenn Thorpe
      February 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      I agree, The day I must have a EOBR is my last day of driving. Not gonna happen. Not just so I can try to run fake logs, I am just fed up with the Gov. TELLING us what we will do at our expense.

      • peter rabbitt
        March 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm

        They’ve set up the system so you have to drive full bore 11 hours or more just to make a decent living. Now they want to legislate that you stay awake as you starve. If they want you to sleep properly , they all need to stop driving you like a dog , pay a decent wage for 9-10 hours of driving, and pass the real cost onto the customer.

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