ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Less-than-truckload carrier Con-way Freight says that 2009 was a “great success” for its safety program, which contributed to improved statistics and numerous industry safety awards.
Using Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration standards, the company reported an accident frequency rate of .53, or one accident for every 1.9 million miles driven. That number represents a 13.1 percent decrease from Con-way Freight’s 2008 figure. The nationwide average accident frequency for motor carriers is .71, and FMCSA considers a carrier to be operating safely when its rate falls below 1.50, according to Con-way.
FMCSA defines a reportable accident as an occurrence that renders a vehicle inoperable or causes a fatality or an injury requiring immediate medical assistance away from the scene. Under Con-way Freight’s more stringent internal accident reporting standards, the company recorded its best statistics since 2003, the company said. It achieved an accident frequency rate of 8.87 per million miles driven in 2009, the lowest since the score of 9.50 it achieved seven years ago.
Con-way Freight also has seen a reduction in accident frequency every year for the past five years, with 2009’s figure a full 26 percent lower than the rate it reported in 2005. Within the company, an accident is defined as any incident in which a company commercial motor vehicle makes contact with another vehicle, causing any type of damage or injury.
“Con-way Freight’s exemplary results demonstrate a clear dedication to the safety of its drivers and the motoring public,” said Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations. “I congratulate the company on continuing its successful trend of progress in this extremely important area.”
Con-way Freight’s 2009 safety performance also extended to the National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) — also known as the “Super Bowl of Safety” — to which the company sent a record 88 competitors, ultimately racking up Grand Champion, Rookie of the Year and three divisional first-place wins.
In addition to its seven-year safety record and highest-ever number of competitors at NTDC, 2009 was also a banner year for Con-way Freight in winning safety awards. The company received more than 70 during the course of the year.
“These impressive safety achievements truly exemplify the commitment to safety shown by the drivers who represent Con-way Freight on the roads and at our customers’ facilities every day,” said John G. Labrie, president, Con-way Freight. “We employ some of the safest drivers in the industry and our drivers’ accomplishments in 2009 are further evidence of that. I commend them for their safe practices and proven dedication.”
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., a $4.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company.
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