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Trucking safety record improves

| November 16, 2011

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves recognized the continued progress in the trucking industry’s safety record.

“Based on the latest report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal crashes involving a large truck have fallen 31 percent from 2007 to 2009 and crashes resulting in injury have fallen 30 percent,” Graves said following a review of FMCSA’s 2009 Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts.

The fatal crash rate has fallen each year since 2005, according to the FMCSA statistics.

In addition, the large truck fatal crash rate fell to 1 crash per 100 million miles in 2009 from 1.1 crashes per 100 million miles in 2008, according to the report. Since 2000, the fatal crash rate for large trucks has fallen 54.5 percent compared with the passenger vehicle fatal crash rate decline of 25 percent.

“These safety gains,” Graves said, “are the result of many things, sensible regulation, improvements in technology, slower more fuel efficient driving, the dedication of professional drivers and safety directors as well as more effective enforcement techniques that look at all the factors involved in crashes, not just a select few.”

Graves also complained FMCSA hasn’t done more to announce the report.

“By not celebrating this success, the agency is doing itself a disservice,” Graves said. “These results are as much an achievement for FMCSA as they are for the nation’s trucking industry. We are at a loss on why FMCSA chose not to communicate this final data indicating great safety progress.”

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  • Rich Wilson

    I agree that Truck safety is at its highest, by Fatal crashes being at their lowest. With the economy like it is, truckers responded to the Call of the DOT, FMCSA, and Advocates, P.A.T.T., and C.R.A.S.H., to bring fatalities down for highway safety, at additional expense to apply the resource to produce the results. Now that we have responded, have lowered crash rates and fatalities, the same Groups, and Government agencies are wanting to add additional regulations and make it tougher on our industry. If we lose hours of service, and have to add trucks and drivers to our current fleets, with out additional revenue to compensate for the increased fleet sizes, where do you think the resources will be cut first? SAFETY!, and this is good for who?

  • tdills

    Thanks for the thoughts, Rich. I know many out there will no doubt agree. Other thoughts? keep ’em coming.

  • Jeff Clark

    There is no valid safety reason to eliminate the 11th hour of driving. I would not panic if they do though. It would further increase the fake driver shortage and put more value on a driver.

  • Pam Spencer

    Are their any serious negotiators in this argument? FMCSA come up with the new 14/10 no stopping the clock rules and everybody takes them to court “We cant operate like this” Court tells FMCSA to figure something else out that we all can AGREE TO ABIDE by. FMCSA ignores everything we tell them, uses bad data and comes up with rules twice as bad as the ones we fought to get changed. BUT instead of laughing at them and asking them if theyre kidding we go crazy on how ludicrise the new proposals are, forget about changing the 14/10 no stop the clock rules and now are fighting to keep the rules we have been fighting to change for the last 6 yrs. What FMCSA did is a standard negotation tactic and we fell for it. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE! If they were serious about the public safety 1/4 of the 4 wheelers would be in jail.

    My 2¢ worth ☺

  • tdills

    We hear you, Pam.

  • Excargo Services

    Thank you for posting this. The public should be made aware that truck safety is continually improving.
    -Excargo Services
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