The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is studying the feasibility of incorporating crash accountability into Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores and plans to release its Crash Weighting Research Plan sometime this year, the agency says.
Crash accountability has been a point of contingency for industry stakeholders, as FMCSA currently counts all crashes against carriers, even ones that are not the fault of the carrier or driver.
The agency’s study examines whether police reports have the quality and consistency to support some kind of crash weighting determination. The agency says it will cost somewhere between $2 to $3 million to analyze the 100,000 crash reports it receives each year.
FMCSA has not unveiled a timeline or subsequent steps for post-release of its research plan, but it is working with the Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center to develop a tool to establish some crash accountability measure and how it should affect carrier’s Safety Measurement System scores in the CSA system.
The Senate Appropriations Committee has directed the agency to work with the Volpe Center and requested the research plan be completed by Sept. 30.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.