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Truckload carriers not ready for CSA 2010, survey finds

Results from Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) recent Business Expectations Survey of truckload carriers in the United States show that only half of the carriers were prepared for CSA 2010, which will be delayed according to the ATA (American Trucking Associations).

TCP uses the quarterly survey to collect insights and opinions of executives nationwide in order to report on the current state of the truckload industry and future expectations.

“TCP’s survey shows only half of the carriers have reviewed their SafeStat numbers to understand what FMCSA will be reviewing, and about one-third have already made changes in their safety programs based on these reviews,” Richard Mikes, a managing partner for TCP, said. “But one in six do not anticipate the need to make any changes.”

“The survey shows that larger carriers appear to be further along in preparing for changes than smaller carriers, and delaying the implementation of the new regulations will address some carrier concerns and allow time for better understanding and preparation,” Lana Batts, a managing partner for TCP, said.

“Carriers that have made changes are engaging in multiple initiatives,” Mikes said. “This includes over 60% adding training so that drivers understand how these new regulations can not only affect their jobs but also their careers.”

The survey found that 41% of respondents expect to change the way they monitor sub-performing driving and 29% have already changed hiring standards. In another aspect of the survey regarding California environmental regulations, a third of carriers operating in or going into the state are considering some type of environmental compliance fee.

Both Batts and Mikes said carriers are facing increased costs because of California’s environmental regulations and over time these must be reflected either in rates or surcharges.

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