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Crash Data Changing for Truckers?

In late 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented a new set of rules designed to reduce the number of serious trucking accidents that occur on U.S. roadways. Commonly referred to as CSA 2010, the new rules would impact both drivers and trucking companies.

One of the major changes that would be facing drivers and operators concerned safety ratings. If drivers were found to have been involved in too many trucking accidents, or if operators were found to cut corners concerning safety, they FMCSA could shut the company down or take the driver off of the road.

Drivers are upset that their accident statistics include all accidents that there are involved in, even those that are the fault of other motorists. Currently, the agency does not separate the data to list just those accidents caused by the truck driver.

The FMCSA believes that this accident data can present an idea of a driver's potential for accident. Despite repeated calls by drivers and advocacy groups, the agency is reluctant to make a change. The initial data is still being compiled, and any changes could limit its usefulness.

The FMCSA examines police reports from accidents, and this is also one major reason for not wanting to eliminate some crashes from the records. Each trucking accident will have a different report, and officials may have to really search to find out how an accident occurred.

By examining all of these documents, the agency can help to develop a system for accident reporting that includes all of the necessary information. If reports can be made more consistent, it can help to remove unsafe drivers and companies from roadways.

Source: Layover.com "ATA Pushes for FMCSA Response on Crash Accountability" June 5, 2012.

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