Agency posts carrier safety ratings

Jeff Crissey | August 16, 2010

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released individual carrier safety assessments as part of the Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 on its Data Preview Website. This update allows carriers to see where they stand in each Behavior Analysis  and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) based on roadside data and investigation findings.

Each motor carrier’s BASIC assessments are visible only to them and to enforcement staff until December, at which time assessments will be made available to the public. Also, enforcement agencies will use these assessments to prioritize the Agency’s enforcement and compliance assistance workload.

FMCSA is providing motor carriers with this early look at the new Safety Measurement System so they can see their performance data, identify unsafe behaviors and address safety compliance issues right away.

The FMCSA recommends that motor carriers verify and update their motor carrier census data, in particular power units and vehicle miles traveled on the MCS-150 form, and take the necessary steps to correct unsafe driver and/or company safety practices.

Complete details on the Data Preview are available through Data Preview Guidance (FAQs), the new SMS Methodology Version 2.0 and SMS Changes Explanation.

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