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March 2010

March 2010 Newsletter

 CSA 2010 re-engineers the existing enforcement and compliance business process to provide a better view into how well large commercial motor vehicle (CMV) carriers and drivers are complying with safety rules, and to intervene earlier with those who are not. When the program is fully rolled out by the end of 2010, FMCSA will have a new enforcement and compliance Operational Model that will utilize its resources, and those of its state enforcement partners, more efficiently and effectively, making the roads even safer for everyone.

This new CSA 2010 operational model has three major components:

•    Measurement - CSA 2010 measures safety performance in new ways, using inspection and crash results to identify carriers whose behaviors could reasonably lead to crashes.

•    Evaluation - CSA 2010 helps FMCSA and its State partners to correct high risk behavior by contacting more carriers and drivers, with interventions tailored to their specific safety problem, as well as a new safety fitness determination methodology.

•    Intervention - CSA 2010 covers the full spectrum of safety issues – from how data is collected, evaluated, and shared to how enforcement officials can intervene most effectively and efficiently to improve safety on our roads.


CSA 2010 has been carefully planned and developed over the past few years. It began with a thorough review of the agency’s current compliance review (CR) process, and proceeded through the development of a new Safety Measurement System (SMS) that will use all roadside inspection and crash data and the development of a new interventions toolbox to deal efficiently and effectively with safety problems of various natures and different levels (as identified in SMS). In addition, the new model includes a proposed change to Safety Fitness Determination (SFD), also tied to SMS results, although implementation of CSA 2010 is not dependent on the proposed change.

The expanded suite of intervention tools enable investigators to systematically evaluate why safety problems are occurring, to recommend remedies, to encourage corrective action(s), and, where corrective action is inadequate, to invoke strong penalties. The new SMS and interventions toolbox are now being tested in Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, and New Jersey. Testing began in February 2008 in four states, and expanded to add two more (Montana and Minnesota) in spring 2009. Two additional states may be added in Fall 2009.

Feedback from enforcement staff and carriers indicate that the new model is both efficient, reaching more carriers, and effective, with some carriers undertaking proactive efforts to learn more and to correct their safety problems.

When will it happen?

In February 2008, FMCSA launched a field test of the CSA 2010 Operational Model in Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, and New Jersey encompassing about 50 percent of the carriers and government resources in each State. In spring 2009, FMCSA added Montana and Minnesota to the test group. New interventions are being applied to all interstate and hazmat motor carriers domiciled in these States utilizing all government resources on the test.

Federal and State participants provide feedback and input into the Operational Model through participation in the CSA 2010 Federal and State Working Group (FSWG), supporting development and refinement of the new model.

Quantitative and qualitative data relating to the CSA 2010 Operational Model will be collected through the conclusion of the test in mid-2010. An independent third party, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), will evaluate the program using this data to determine the new Operational Model’s effectiveness (i.e. potential for improving safety) and efficiency (i.e. impact on scarce resources). Preliminary results are promising.


By Transport Topics Express

Diesel fuel will climb to average $2.95 a gallon this year before rising
to $3.16 in 2011, the Department of Energy said.  Trucking’s main fuel
averaged $2.46 a gallon last year, DOE said in its monthly short-term
energy outlook released Wednesday.

The projection is in line with a previous department forecast. DOE’s
latest weekly price survey released Feb. 1 showed a 5.2-cent decline to
$2.781 a gallon.  This week’s price survey has been delayed due to a
mid-week blizzard around Washington.

Gasoline will rise to $2.84 a gallon this year from $2.35 last year and
continue climbing to an average $2.97 in 2011, DOE said, pinning the
gain to projected higher crude oil prices.  Oil averaged $78.33 a barrel
in January — almost $4 higher than December and matching DOE’s January

Crude peaked at $83.12 on Jan. 6 before falling to $72.85 on Jan. 9, in
part on concerns about the strength of the global economy.

DOE said oil will remain at or near current levels in the mid-$70s over
the next few months before rising to near $82 in the late spring and $85
by late next year.



Sometimes it’s difficult to savor the good moments when the challenges of the day are so ever present.  I’d like to take a moment to shift that paradigm.    

I’m very proud to announce a wonderful award that was presented to Acme this past week at the annual Xcel Energy Efficiency Expo awards luncheon
.  Acme was recognized as having the most energy savings at one premise and was one of only 12 honorees for similar accomplishments.  

This recognition was the result of a large scale lighting upgrade that began back in 2008 and was completed in stages over a relatively short period of time.  The coordination of this effort was anything but simple particularly in a facility as large and busy as Acme’s.

 While it would be naive to suggest that this sort of project wasn’t financially justified and considered, it would be extremely shortsighted to overlook Acme’s focus on resource conservation and social consciousness.  It was truly a combination of both that spurred this large and successful undertaking.

This was indeed a group effort at every stage of the game and I’m very proud of our organization for this wonderful accomplishment.

Jeff Goldfogel




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