Two new reports were recently introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety (FMCSA) within the past year: the CSA2010 and the Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP). Both reports have greatly impacted the transportation industry in ways that the traditional DAC report does not. These reports provide visibility of an individual driver’s safety and driving record across carriers. Hence, it’s important that as a commercial driver you keep abreast of these changes in the industry.
Understanding the CSA 2010 report is important to understanding how you fit into this process as a commercial driver. CSA stands for Compliance, Safety, Accountability. The FMCSA’s goal is to increase compliance with FMCSA regulations and laws, increase safety awareness, and hold carriers and drivers accountable. This program replaced the SafeStat report and provides more focus on the driver’s behavior while at the same time also holding the carrier more responsible for the driver’s behavior. FMCSA implemented this new approach to safety compliance with the overriding objective to increase safety to the traveling public, which includes the you as the commercial driver.
The CSA 2010 only includes roadside inspections and crash reports and does not include any State or local citations or tickets. This new approach focuses on the performance of individual drivers, provides visibility of drivers across carriers, and holds carriers and drivers more accountable for compliance and safety. Here are the seven safety components with some examples for each: unsafe driving (speeding, no seatbelt, reckless driving); fatigued driving (logbook violations, out of hours); driver fitness (no valid license, missing medical card), drugs/alcohol (possession of controlled substance); vehicle maintenance (non-working lights, brakes, or failure to make repairs); improper loading/cargo issues (cargo retention); and crash indicator (documents DOT reportable crashes). What you may not know is that this information is sent to roadside inspectors to assist in determining if to inspect a CMV and if so, at what level.
All violations and inspections are recorded and during a safety investigation of a carrier, the individual driver’s complete history is available to the inspector.
Now let’s talk about the Pre-employment Screening Program (PSP). This is a congressionally mandated report to assist carriers in assessing a driver’s background only prior to employment. A driver must provide written consent before a carrier may request a driver’s history. This report provides three years of inspection data and five years of crash data. This program is voluntary for the carriers and may only be used to evaluate potential new drivers not current employees.
It’s important to know that neither the CSA 2010 nor the PSP report provides any score of the driver or the driver’s performancAs a commercial driver, it’s imperative that you are vigilant about the data maintained on your records. Some things you should be doing or should begin to do are: (a) practice good safety habits; (b) keep copies of all inspection reports, (c) keep copies of your log books, (d) review employer’s safety records by checking their rating online (http://ai/fmcsa.dot.gov); (e) periodically review the information on your PSP; and (f) promptly challenge erroneous data.