Overdrive Staff | May 04, 2010

— Avery Vise

Agency posts carrier safety data

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun posting inspection data as part of CSA 2010.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun posting carriers’ Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 performance data.

FMCSA said this preview is in advance of full implementation of CSA 2010, which has been delayed until Nov. 30. The disclosure is expected to improve safety by effecting early compliance and providing opportunities for motor carriers to become better educated on the new Carrier Safety Measurement System. The data are available at http://www.csa2010.fmcsa.dot.gov.

Spokesperson Candice Tolliver said that FMCSA is incorporating the feedback received from the CSA 2010 pilot states, and that a Federal Register notice will address the CSA 2010 implementation timeline and data preview for carriers.

The American Trucking Associations says that while the preview will include carriers’ safety events (roadside inspections and crashes) and resulting violations, it will not reflect carriers’ scores in each of the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs).

FMCSA also announced that beginning Nov. 30, motor carriers and the general public will be able to view more complete CSA 2010 safety data, including scores in each of the BASICs.

ATA says that FMCSA on Nov. 30 will begin issuing warning letters to deficient carriers, but will not utilize the full range of CSA 2010 interventions.

— Avery Vise

Daimler projects new truck orders

With the trucking industry showing some early signs of recovery, Daimler Trucks North America executives say the company has enough orders to fill its production schedule through the first half of 2010.

“We are also seeing customers expand their focus from the cost of the new 2010 emissions technology to the long-term value and payback of selective catalytic reduction,” says Mark Lampert, senior vice president for sales and marketing for DTNA. “And with fuel prices edging up, the return on SCR improves.”

In 2009, DTNA and its Daimler Trucks parent reduced capital expenses to respond to a dramatic collapse in revenues, but it maintained research and development spending, says Andreas Renschler, head of the worldwide Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses organization. “We did not cut back on our product plan. In fact, we actually increased our investment in R&D.”

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