I’ve yet to speak to anyone in trucking who’s overjoyed about Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010. After all, a much more meticulous safety mindset will be required to avoid getting caught on the radar of this huge data-crunching machine when it cranks up in December.
Some carriers in CSA 2010 test states have been to the mountain, seen the New World Order, and report that yes, it is a massive, intrusive project. But there’s a good side, too, for drivers and carriers. Or “good for you,” like medicine, in that it’s forcing some tedious but long-overdue safety practices. Some will help drivers keep their jobs and relieve anxiety that can come with the creative logging necessitated by uncaring shippers, receivers and dispatchers.
That conclusion is based on comments from Aaron Thompson, vice president of operations for Kansas City, Mo.-based American Central Transport. He spoke to fleet executives at this week’s CCJ Symposium 2010 in Birmingham, put on by Overdrive’s sister publication Commercial Carrier Journal.
As for logging and compliance, ACT hasn’t mandated electronic onboard recorders, as have a growing number of large fleets, Thompson said. But they’ve introduced it, and actually have a waiting list of drivers who want in on the program. Imagine that! Here are other points he made about logging and other changes inspired by CSA 2010: