New FMCSA Pilot Program
A new pilot program has been put in place by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) that would allow carriers to have non-preventable crashes removed from their record. (So if they are at a light and are hit from behind by someone too distracted with Pokémon Go this will be removed from this crash would count against their record) The ATA (American Trucking Associations) are obviously big fans of said program. Previously there was not a distinction between a preventable crash or non-preventable crash.
Crash data is only a portion of the CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) program that went into effect in 2010. The program was set up as a preventative measure. The program is set up to find and track safety problems before a crash. Alongside crash data was 6 other categories that make up their Basic indicators ( Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement).
Previous crashes are a strong indicator of future crashes for preventable accidents, however trucking companies were not satisfied with the previous system as whether or not the crash was preventable was not public information. So a company who vets carriers as PNG Logistics Co. LLC does, could refuse to tender a load or to stop working with a carrier solely based on the publicly available information.
For more information on our process be sure to check out our previous blog on Motor Carrier Due Diligence This pilot program is just one measure the FMCSA is reviewing. For any questions on CSA, Basics or other FMCSA programs give us a call at 717-626-1107×3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org