AMM Moving Metals Conference Truckers, service centers brace for new road safety protocols

Dec 10, 2010 | 12:53 PM |

New federal trucking regulations might be a boon for road safety, but they will have ramifications for the steel industry as they raise carriers' costs, driver salaries, hauling rates, transport times and service center inventories, according to industry insiders.

The new Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 program (CSA 2010), slated to go into effect as early as Dec. 12, includes a raft of new provisions on road safety for truckers, according to Bryan Price, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association's senior transportation specialist.

Price discussed the issue during a presentation at AMM's fifth annual Moving Metals Conference in Pittsburgh.

The government's current system of trucking regulations concentrates on roadside inspections for driver, accident, vehicle and safety management issues, he said.

The new system, which goes live this month, introduces penalty points for unsafe driving, new cargo-related and vehicle-maintenance rules, and driver fitness regulations that include strict hours-of-service measurements.....

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