ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operations of the ACE Group, announced the release of a white paper discussing critical issues within the trucking industry as companies seek to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Adminstration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) safety monitoring and measuring program.
The paper provides details to increase companies’ understanding of the overall impact of the CSA regulations. Further, the paper suggests steps that companies can take to integrate the new regulations into their operations to fulfill the requirements set forth.
“The industry’s concern about fleet safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) program is reflected in the results of a survey of more than 4,000 trucking industry executives who identified the program as among the ten most critical issues they face,” said David Brown, vice president and Transportation Practice Leader for ACE Risk Management. “Federal safety programs were originally launched in the 1990s. These recent changes, however, mean fleet safety has taken on a new level of urgency as executives work to understand the new regulations and how it will impact their business.”
“Fleet Safety: Understanding New Regulations,” was authored by Jack Scarborough, senior health, safety and environmental consultant at ESIS, Inc., the risk management services division of the ACE Group. As a leader in his field, Scarborough has been instrumental in the development of the FMCSA Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system. Scarborough leverages his 20 years’ experience in large fleet management to address emerging industry concerns in the context of fleet safety and the FMCSA safety monitoring and measuring program.
In the paper, Scarborough noted that while many of the original requirements have remained unchanged, the process set forth by the FMCSA SAFER system has been re-engineered to provide a better view into how well large commercial motor vehicle carriers and drivers are complying with safety rules.
“These evolving regulatory measures put additional pressure on commercial motor vehicle carriers to reduce safety violations,” Scarborough said.
The paper shares links to materials provided by the FMCSA and explains that to most effectively implement the new standards, companies should work with experienced fleet consultants who focus on the FMCSA program requirements to support them in their efforts to identify risks and implement solutions.
“This is a great opportunity. Companies can reduce their operating risk and, at the same time, strengthen their safety records,” Scarborough said.
As part of a thorough risk management program, Scarborough added, companies should partner with an insurance carrier and risk control consultants specializing in the transportation industry.
ACE Risk Management and ESIS Health, Safety and Environmental provides a range of benefits, including:
- Primary casualty underwriting expertise with transportation industry specialization
- Experienced HSE consultants and a broad range of products
- Deep understanding of the applicable regulations
- Customized program development with the ability to identify issues and develop customized solutions
- Financial strength and an excellent reputation