A recent report about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Carrier Safety Measurement System determined that the system is an effective and helpful tool in its work to make our nation’s highways and roads a safer place. The report concluded that tracking the safety record of commercial truck drivers and companies provides a real benefit.
CSMS Documents Safety Record
As I noted in a previous post, the FMCSA launched an updated version of the Safety Measurement System Website. The purpose of the redesign was to make it easier for the public (including shipping companies) to determine the safety record of truck drivers and trucking companies. The updated site also further enables those commercial truck drivers, trucking companies and bus companies with poor safety records to learn how they can improve their respective safety records.
As a truck accident attorney, I applaud the FMCSA for working hard to make this tool available. In a day and age where so much value can be achieved by sharing information online, it’s important that the federal government and the trucking industry do so too. The safety of our roads depends on it.
Study Investigates Effectiveness of CSMS
In January 2014, the John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center released a report following its study of the effectiveness of the FMCSA’s Carrier Safety Measurement System. A part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Transportation Systems Center is a federal agency which assesses the needs of the transportation community, evaluates research and development endeavors, assists in the deployment of state-of-the-art transportation technologies, and informs decision- and policy-making.
The National Transportation System Center report entitled “The Carrier Safety Measurement System (CSMS) Effectiveness Test by Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs)”, concluded the following:
“… the CSMS as a tool is effectively supporting FMCSA in its mission to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses by improving safety and compliance.”
Based on that analysis, I hope that the truck industry embraces trucking safety record tracking as a way to assure only competent, fit and safe trucks and drivers are operating on our nation’s highways.