April 8, 2010 2:30 PM, EDT

FMCSA Pushes Back Start of CSA 2010 Enactment

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday it was pushing back the start of its new carrier safety monitoring system, CSA 2010, until late this year, with some portions delayed until 2011.

Under the new schedule, while carriers will be able to see the data FMCSA will be using to calculate their relative safety performance on April 12, they will not be able to see where they stand until August.

American Trucking Associations said last week that such a delay would be likely. (Click here for previous story.)

“FMCSA had originally planned to roll out CSA 2010 beginning in the summer of 2010,” the agency said a Federal Register notice scheduled to be published Friday.

“However, the agency has received valuable feedback . . . [and] has decided to move the beginning of CSA 2010 rollout from the summer to the fall of 2010,” FMCSA said.

The new schedule calls for a so-called “data preview” to begin next week and run through Nov. 30, at which time FMCSA will begin issuing warning letters and using CSA 2010 scores to target fleets for compliance reviews and extra roadside enforcement.

FMCSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said that full, nationwide implementation of all of CSA 2010's new enforcement tools would not begin until 2011.