The U.S. Department of Transportation’s FMCSA proposed a permanent crash preventability determination program to receive additional data for recognizing possible safety risks. The program will examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of determining and displaying the preventability of specific types of accidents.
The FMCSA conducted a survey in August 2017, where they reviewed over 5,600 accidents involving semi-trucks and bus companies to determine if a crash was preventable. An estimated 94% of the crashes reviewed were found not to be preventable by the motor carrier or commercial driver.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, announced on March 29, during a Mid-American Trucking show the department plans to make the current program permanent. In addition, the agency has proposed to remove the “not preventable crashes” from the Safety Measurement System (SMS) Crash Indicator Behavior Analysis Safety Improvement Category (BASIC), a more extensive evaluation of crashes from eight to fifteen.
FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez, said the data received from the original program informed the industry to take action to expand and improve the program. Martinez stated, “Data drives our agency’s decisions…We’ve listened to carriers, drivers, and other commercial motor vehicle stakeholders throughout each step of this process, and strongly encourage all interested parties to submit comments on our proposed changes.”
The FMCSA is currently seeking public comment on the proposal, the comment period is open for 60 days ending on October 4, 2019.