FMCSA five-year plan aims for zero crashes
The plan shapes the FMCSA’s efforts into four strategic areas, including a “Safety 1st” Culture, Exponential Safety Power, Comprehensive Data Utilization and Leveraging Technology, and One FMCSA.
By Lyndon Finney
The Trucker Staff
WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Wednesday morning released its 2012-2016 Strategic Plan that includes a “vision for the future that moves toward zero commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.”
The agency released the first draft of the plan last June, its second strategic plan since FMCSA was created Jan. 1, 2000. As required by law, FMCSA requested public comment, including public listening sessions.
The final plan released Wednesday incorporates changes as a result of public input, FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said.
Ferro pointed to the successes realized by the agency since its inception, but said there is more work to be done.
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“Every life is precious and even one fatality is one too many,” Ferro said. “This new strategic plan is our road map that charts our course over the next five years.”
The plan shapes the FMCSA’s efforts into four strategic areas, Ferro said, including a “Safety 1st” Culture, Exponential Safety Power (Safetyx Power), Comprehensive Data Utilization and Leveraging Technology, and One FMCSA.
It also employs the three core principles that Ferro has espoused in almost every address and interview since she became administrator in late 2009 — raise the bar to enter the motor carrier industry, maintain high safety standards to remain in the industry and remove high-risk carriers.
The plan assigns years to accomplish strategies.
For instance under the “Safety 1st” Culture, the agency plans to evaluate the effectiveness of the New Entrant Safety Assurance Program in light of sweeping regulatory changes initiated in 2010 designed to “raise the bar to enter the industry” and in 2013 to identify motor coach performance compared to statutory requirements and national/international industry safety best practices and identify opportunities to improve program safety and assess the impact of any key rulemaking.
The plan also calls for a complete evaluation of CSA in 2016.
The plan lists four core values for the agency: a commitment to excellence, innovation and data driven, collaboration for success, and integrity first.
To view the complete plan, click here.
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