WASHINGTON — An accident is an accident is an accident — at least as far as Compliance, Safety Accountability ratings go.
Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began its CSA scoring system in 2010, carriers have complained about being penalized for accidents in which they were clearly not at fault.
For the time being, service record redemption is at hand, as the FMSCA has launched a pilot program in which carriers can have crashes reviewed and, if they are deemed as having been unpreventable, they will no longer figure into their CSA rating.
The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, which begins August 1 and will run for at least two years, is based on recommendations by the American Trucking Associations and other industry feedback in response to a January 2015 FMSCA Federal Register notice on the results of a study of the feasibility of weighing a carrier’s role in crashes as part of its safety assessment.
Carriers can now send requests for data review (RDRs) to evaluate crashes occurring on or after June 1, 2017, through DataQs, its national data correction system, at dataqs.fmcsa.dot.gov.
During the pilot program, FMCSA will review cases in which:
Crashes deemed nonpreventable will not disappear altogether from a carrier’s record. Instead, there will be two Crash Indicator scores, with and without the crash, along with a notation that the crash had been reviewed and had been found to have been unpreventable.
To find out more about the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program, including how to submit a case for review, visit fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/crash-preventability-demonstration-program.