In a report to Congress, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration disclosed the 30-month field test of its Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 yielded positive results.
Last month, the agency reported the Phase I and preliminary results for Phase II of the field testing that began in February 2008. It also updated its CSA 2010 Spend Plan, which outlines CSA’s timeline, costs and capabilities through full deployment.
Phase I indicated the test group reached 44 percent more carriers than the non-test group and 62 percent of investigations included a follow-up with the carrier to address safety deficiencies, such as a Notice of Violation, compared with 32 percent in the non-test group.
Phase II preliminary results included the following indications:
• The test group reached 37 percent more carriers than the non-test group.
• CSA 2010 has conducted carrier investigations with fewer resources, demonstrating a 52 percent increase in the number of investigations per investigator.
• Forty-eight percent of test group investigations included a follow-up with the carrier to address safety deficiencies, compared with 33 percent in the non-test group
In December, the CSA deployment will include replacing SafeStat with the Safety Measurement System to identify high-risk carriers and form the basis for prioritizing and assigning interventions. Also that month, the agency will begin issuing warning letters to carriers nationwide.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.