The FMCSA Wants a New Crash Minimum for Commercial Truckers CSA Scores

Commercial Trucking Crash indicator

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has added a provision to the suggested two-year program that would allow carriers to potentially eliminate certain types of non-preventable crashes from their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Crash Indicator BASIC scores. 

The Agency proposed a change in the rating determination by raising the minimum number of crashes to three in a 24 month period, from the current two crashes, before motor carriers could receive a recalculation of their Crash Indicator BASIC rating.

Under FMCSA’s proposed change, using a minimum of three crashes would identify a group of carriers with high crash rates because “the change barely shifts crash rate associated with the 65 percent intervention threshold for the Crash Indicator BASIC, raising it to 6.34 crashes per 100 power units from the current 6.33.”

As the current suggested regulation now stands, potentially, those crashes deemed non-preventable by the driver and carrier would be removed from the CSA rankings and Crash Indicator BASIC scores.

If the crash is determined to be non-preventable, the carrier’s score would then be recalculated. The proposed regulation is still available at the regulations.gov rulemaking portal, and the suggested change will be published to the Federal Register within the next few days.

The same docket number will apply. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 12th.

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