FMCSA wants to make crash preventability determination program permanent
FMCSA’s proposal to make its crash preventability determination program permanent was officially published in the Federal Register on Aug. 5.
Public comment on the notice will be accepted until Oct. 4.
FMCSA started the program in August 2017, reviewing more than 5,600 crashes submitted by truck and bus companies to determine if a crash could have been prevented by a motor carrier. According to the agency, 94% of the crashes were found to be unpreventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in March announced plans to make the program permanent at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.
“After 18 months of operating the program, FMCSA has decided to operate a crash preventability determination program, using a streamlined process, and proposes to modify the Safety Measurement System to remove crashes found to be not preventable from the prioritization algorithm and noting the not-preventable determinations in the pre-employment screening program,” the notice stated.
“In addition, FMCSA proposes to consolidate two of the original crash types in the demonstration program and start reviewing additional crash types to determine if crashes in the additional categories are predominantly not preventable.”
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the proposal is a move in the right direction.
“OOIDA supports the permanent establishment of the crash preventability determination program,” said Jay Grimes, OOIDA’s director of federal affairs. “For far too long, these nonpreventable crashes have unnecessarily discredited safety ratings for drivers and motor carriers. We also applaud FMCSA for expanding the types of crashes that can be reviewed and for removing nonpreventable crashes from the SMS crash indicator BASIC.”
Comments may be made at the Regulations.gov website by
entering docket number FMCSA-2014-0177. LL