FMCSA to Delay 2010 Safety Rules Until Fall

FMCSA to Delay 2010 Safety Rules Until Fall

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is delaying its CSA 2010 safety program to give trucking companies more time to prepare.

“FMCSA has decided to move the beginning of CSA 2010 rollout from the summer to the fall of 2010,” the Department of Transportation agency said in a notice that will be published in the Federal Register April 9.

The rules were scheduled to take effect this July. Now the introduction of a new carrier safety measurement system is being postponed until November.

The trucking industry has been asking for a delay, expressing concern in feedback at CSA 2010 listening sessions and in written comments.

In a survey released this week, nearly half of the truckload carriers polled by Transport Capital Partners said they weren’t ready for CSA 2010.

Carriers are concerned the tighter regulations could disqualify thousands of drivers. That has carriers tightening safety and driver recruiting programs.

A new Carrier Safety Measurement System will replace FMCSA’s SafeStat Nov. 30. The CSMS will help FMCSA and states identify high-risk carriers.

Contact William B. Cassidy at wcassidy@joc.com.