The month of August will bring a huge change to Compliance, Safety and Accountability program scores as assessed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Drivers will now have the benefit of a new "not preventable" classification for eight different types of crashes. The change was made based on "positive feedback from industry stakeholders," said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at the 2019 Mid America Trucking Show on March 29 of this year.
With nearly 2,000,000 tractor trailers on the road in the U.S. hauling roughly 71% of total freight tonnage in the country, according to the American Trucking Association, poor maintenance of trucks and their equipment cannot be overlooked.(a) Faulty brakes, windshield wipers, tires, and distracted drivers can all lead to serious accidents.
In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) replaced the previous SafeStat System with a new Safety Measurement System (SMS) in an effort to quantify the performance of drivers and carriers as well as identify those who are at high risk of an accident. Since then, groups have been lashing out over the misrepresentation of publicized motor carrier rankings, which many argue have led brokers and carriers to lose significant business with some of their major accounts. So in December 2015, Congress passed a proposal, part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, making CSA scores (which contain six categories: unsafe driving, hours of service compliance, vehicle maintenance, controlled substances/alcohol use, hazardous materials compliance, and driver fitness measured via nearly 3.5 million roadside inspections a year) private until the system is corrected.