FMCSA Proposes Removal of “Not Preventable” Crashes From Safety Scores
Washington D.C. – Today the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program it says will help to gain additional data to recognize possible safety risks on our nation’s roads.
In an announcement, FMCSA explained that the crash preventability program examines the feasibility, costs, and benefits of determining and displaying the preventability of certain crash types.
Beginning in August 2017, FMCSA says it reviewed more than 5,600 crashes submitted by truck and bus companies to determine if a crash could have been prevented by the motor carrier.
Approximately 94 percent have been found to be not preventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver, FMCSA says.
Due to what the agency deemed “strong participation in the program from motor carriers,” Secretary Chao announced plans to make the current demonstration program permanent during a March 29th speech at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking show.
FMCSA’s new proposal seeks to transition to a long-term crash preventability determination program.
In addition, the Agency is proposing the removal of not preventable crashes from the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), expanding the types of crashes that can be evaluated from eight to fifteen.
“Data drives our agency’s decisions, and the information we’ve received and analyzed during the demonstration project informed our action today to expand and improve the crash preventability program,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
He continued, “We’ve listened to carriers, drivers, and other commercial motor vehicle stakeholders throughout each step of this process, and strongly encourage all interested parties to submit comments on our proposed changes.”
FMCSA seeks public comments on the proposed changes to the program.
The comment period will be open for 60 days.
For more information about the proposal, including how to submit comments to the Federal Register docket, click HERE.
Learn more about FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Demonstration Program HERE.
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