Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FMCSA pilot adds element of carrier culpability to CSA scores; deem some unpreventable


Thursday, July 27, 2017
by KLINT LOWRY/The Trucker Staff

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.
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.

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:

  • The CMV was struck by a motorist driving under the influence (or related offense);
  • The CMV was struck by a motorist driving the wrong direction;
  • The CMV was struck in the rear;
  • The CMV was struck while it was legally stopped or parked, including when the vehicle was unattended;
  • The CMV struck an individual committing or attempting to commit suicide by stepping or driving in front of the CMV;
  • The CMV sustained disabling damage after striking an animal in the roadway;
  • The crash was the result of an infrastructure failure, falling trees, rocks, or other debris, or
  • The CMV was struck by cargo or equipment from another vehicle.

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.

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