FMCSA: Non Preventable Crashes Won’t Affect CSA Scores
(April 17, 2019)
- Beginning in August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to make permanent a demonstration program that allows truck crashes in which the driver was not at fault to be listed as “not preventable” in Compliance, Safety Accountability program scores.
“Based on positive feedback from industry stakeholders, the department will propose to make this demonstration program permanent,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a March 29 speech. Chao noted that DOT had launched its Crash Preventability Demonstration Project on Aug. 1, 2017 for a two-year run that will conclude at the end of July.
The program currently classifies a crash as “not preventable” on a carrier’s Safety Measurement System profile in instances where the carrier is not at fault. However, before that determination can be made, a carrier must submit a request for data review through the agency’s DataQs system, attaching documentation that establishes the carrier could not have avoided the crash.
Prior to the demonstration project, fatal crashes listed on a carrier’s safety profile did not contain information on whether the carrier was at fault in the crash. Under the demonstration program, if a crash is found to be not preventable, a carrier’s private Crash Indicator Behavioral Analysis Safety Improvement Category, or BASIC, score would be recalculated with the crash omitted. BASIC scores underpin carrier ratings in the CSA program.