FMCSA’s Crash Preventability Program could be here to stay
The FMCSA announced a proposal on Aug. 5 to make the crash preventability program permanent. The program has grown to be relatively popular among drivers, as it allows non-at-fault drivers to list crashes as “not preventable,” which in turn does not affect their CSA score.
The program came to fruition in August 2017 and was initially expected to only last for 24 months, with crashes that occurred between June 1, 2017 and July 31, 2019, being the only ones eligible.
Nonetheless, the program’s effectiveness may seemingly be the root cause of its continuation. According to Land Line Magazine, the Owner-Operator Drivers Association is in favor of the proposal.
“OOIDA supports the permanent establishment of the crash preventability determination program,” said Jay Grimes, OOIDA’s director of federal affairs. “For far too long, these non-preventable crashes have unnecessarily discredited safety ratings for drivers and motor carriers. We also applaud FMCSA for expanding the types of crashes that can be reviewed and for removing non-preventable crashes from the SMS crash indicator BASIC.”
The program will also be expanding its list for the types of crashes that can be reviewed from eight to 15, which is as follows, according to the FMCSA:
- CMV struck in rear
- CMV is legally stopped or parked
- Suicides or suicide attempts
- Other drivers driving the wrong direction
- CMV strikes animal
- CMV struck by an individual under the influence
- Infrastructure failure or struck by cargo,equipment, or debris
- CMV struck on the side in the rear
- CMV struck by a vehicle that failed to stop or slow
- CMV struck by vehicle that failed to stop at a traffic control device
- CMV struck by a vehicle making U-turn or illegal turn
- CMV struck by driver experiencing medical issues
- CMV struck by a driver who’s asleep
- When an individual under the influence is involved, regardless of who struck CMV
- When an individual is driving in the wrong direction, regardless of who struck CMV
In the FMCSA’s Federal Register post detailing the findings of the program, the agency reviewed 5,619 submissions and found that 5,247 crashed (a whopping 93 percent) were found to be not preventable, meaning that the driver was not at fault and the crash would not affect their CSA score.
Additionally, while only 83 crashes were found to be preventable, the FMCSA reports that the majority of drivers were operating with an out of service condition, including that the driver was not properly licensed on the day of the crash.
The FMCSA has also requested public comments from those involved in the trucking industry, which people can submit through the Federal Register. Comments will continue to be accepted until October 4, 2019.
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