The FMCSA conducted a study on crash accountability using truck crash reports. At that time, the ATA requested to see the results of the study that helped develop the current CSA scoring system.
The FMCSA responded to the ATA’s request, saying that they could not release the results of the study, because its findings were preliminary and were still being reviewed.
To live up to its goal to be open and transparent, FMCSA should release the results of its study, identify the specific concerns that caused it to place the planned solution on hold, and commit to a timeline for addressing this issue, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said.
On June 4, 2012, the ATA called on FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro to release the results of the study.
In response to ATA’s efforts, FMCSA announced its intention to establish a process to review police accident reports and make crash accountability determinations. However, just prior to publishing its planned process, the agency put the brakes on and declared that additional study was needed, the ATA stated in a press release.
FMCSA continues to use crashes that motor carriers did not cause nor could have prevented in measuring motor carrier safety performance, Graves said. Several weeks ago, the agency indefinitely placed on hold a process to correct this fundamental flaw in the system, citing, in part, concerns with the reliability and usefulness of police accident reports. To better understand FMCSA’s reluctance to act, the public should see the results of the study the agency promised almost two years ago.
Last week, the FMCSA announced it will publish the results of the study on the CSA docket “in the coming days.”
As soon as the study results are released, CDL Life will inform you of the results.