Study Shows 1 of 5 Carriers Unprepared for New Safety Regs

Aug 11, 2010

Now is a good time to make sure that your fleet is in compliance with upcoming regulations, as one study has found that many are not:

If the new federal safety-scoring rule CSA 2010 were in effect today, 20% of carriers would be at risk of some sort of “intervention” on the part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), according to a recent analysis done by auditing service RAIR. The company did an in-depth analysis of more than 60,000 fleets to better understand the issues posed by CSA 2010.

The CSA Basics that are particular problems for carriers vary by fleet size, according to Singh. The smallest carriers are most likely to be deficient in Fatigued Driving. Carriers with 5-15 vehicles are most likely to be deficient in Maintenance, while fleets with 16-20 vehicles are most likely to be deficient in the Unsafe Driving Basic.  Fatigued Driving is the biggest problem area overall for fleets, regardless of size.

RAIR CEO JJ Singh noted that it stands to reason that larger carriers are more at risk of interventions because they have many more trucks on the highway and are much more likely to be inspected often.

“An intervention does not necessarily mean that a fleet would be instantly shut down and put out of business,” he added. “It might just be a warning letter first, but fleets had better start looking at their data now instead of waiting until December.”

RAIR’s analysis was done using the current government methodology, which will be revised somewhat in mid-August according to FMCSA, before the new procedures actually take effect.

[via FleetOwner]

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