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July 26, 2010

Trucking Association: New Truck & Bus Safety Initiative Needs Work

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has serious concerns about a proposed Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and reduce related crashes, injuries and fatalities.

The Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) introduces a new enforcement and compliance model to address safety problems before crashes occur. It is based on safety performance rather than compliance with paperwork requirements; focuses limited enforcement resources on specific areas of deficiency; and will eventually provide real-time, updated, safety performance measurements.

While ATA "fully supports objectives of targeting unsafe operators, changing their behavior, and removing the most egregious actors from the road," it says it has concerns with the current design of CSA 2010 and how these flaws will affect the industry and highway safety if not corrected. ATA recommends that FMCSA:
 Blue_Bullet_SmallMake crash accountability or "causation" determinations on truck-involved crashes before entering them into a carrier's record so drivers and carriers are held accountable only for crashes they cause.
 Blue_Bullet_SmallUse vehicle miles traveled (not number of trucks or power units) as a carrier's exposure measure.
 Blue_Bullet_SmallFocus on using only actual citations for moving violations and not unadjudicated "warnings" issued by law enforcement.

FMCSA plans to implement the program by the end of 2010. Learn more with these links:

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