The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) will host a meeting this week for stakeholders and the public to weigh in on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative, Transport Topic News reports. The FMSCA launched the CSA initiative in December 2010 to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicles, or CMVs, such as heavy trucks and busses operating across the country.
As Safety and Health Magazine notes, the CSA is used to rank CMVs’ safety records. In 2015, Congress mandated an analysis of the CSA because of the trucking industry’s outcry that it is flawed and unfairly assesses a CMV’s risk potential.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) analyzed the CSA and announced its findings earlier this summer. The NAS concluded that the Safety Measurement System is “conceptually sound,” but advised the agency that it could improve the implementation aspect by developing “a more statistically principled approach.” It suggested the agency consider using an item response theory (IRT) model on a limited basis for two years with full implementation if the model is effective.
The NAS report emphasizes CMVs’ responsibility to maintain the highest level of safety compliance – noting that “[a]bout 100,000 fatality- or injury-causing crashes involving large trucks and busses occur in the United States each year.” It also stresses the importance of the specially trained inspectors that conduct about 3.5 million roadside inspections each year, looking for safety violations that fall under six categories including: unsafe driving, hours of service compliance, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances/alcohol use, hazardous materials compliance, and driver fitness.
Beasley Allen has previously underscored the importance of safety regulations governing the trucking industry and the need for better oversight to ensure the safety of all those who share the roads. Input from the public as well as industry insiders may provide some helpful guidance, but public safety should remain a top priority for any changes to the CSA or other safety regulations intended to keep all road warriors safe.
* * *
Beasley Allen attorney Chris Glover handles cases of personal injury involving heavy trucks, log trucks, 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles. He is practicing in Beasley Allen’s new Atlanta office. For more information about these types of claims, contact him by email at Chris.Glover@BeasleyAllen.com. To get your free copy of “An Introduction to Truck Accident Claims: A Guide to Getting Started,” visit Chris Glover’s website at www.ChrisGlover-Law.com.
Transport Topics News
Safety and Health Magazine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration