CSA change could help flatbedders, hurt hazmat haulers

For the Record



Flatbed carriers will get some relief on their safety rating under a change in how load securement is weighted in the CSA program.

Bryan Price, CSA program manager for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, spoke about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program in March in Louisville, Ky., previewing some of the changes that are expected to take effect this month.

The revised Safety Management System’s conceivably biggest change is moving load securement violations from CSA’s cargo BASIC (behavior analysis and safety improvement) into the vehicle BASIC, Price said. That leaves only hazardousmaterial standards under cargo, and that BASIC will be renamed hazmat.