What is CSA 2010? More Intrusion by the Federal Government

Rumors abound regarding the DOT's CSA 2010 program. The "Comprehensive Safety Analysis" is only in a test phase in six states and may be implemented nationwide near the end of the summer in 2010.

SafeStat, short for Motor Carrier Safety Status Measurement System, is the present automated data-driven system that calculates the safety fitness on motor carriers.
CSA 2010 will replace SafeStat with a new Safety Measurement System (SMS), that will attempt to measure the previous two years of roadside violations and crash data. Both the driver and carrier safety performances are set to be monitored under this program.

The following is an excerpt from the DOT website that defines their mission statement.
"Comprehensive Safety Analysis (CSA) 2010 is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative designed to provide motor carriers and drivers with attention from FMCSA and state partners about their potential safety problems with an ultimate goal of achieving a greater reduction in large truck and bus crashes, injuries, and fatalities."

It has been reported that approximately one hundred fatalities occur each day in America's Interstate and Highway system. How more or new and improved bureaucracy and regulations will reduce this number is simply ludicrous. The transportation industry is over regulated and in dire straights with the sagging economic conditions that exsist.

The present laws are not being enforced by law enforcement nor being followed by several transportation companies. Increased rule making is nothing more than a repeated attempt at trying to control the masses in an industry that cannot be controlled with the present enforcement manpower made available today.

CSA 2010 is a far reaching application to attempt to connect the dots and then magically the roads and by-ways will be accident free. The only good thing I have seen about CSA 2010 is the professional driver is not having to pay any increased fees.

This is another example of our Federal government expanding rather than contracting and being more invasive in private industries and private lives.

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