August 7, 2019
Federal regulators are moving ahead on transitioning into a long-term crash preventability determination program by seeking comment on expanding the types of crashes that carriers can have removed from a government database that evaluates their safety.
In moving to a permanent program, the agency announced a proposal to remove crashes found to be “not preventable” by the motor carrier involved in a crash from its Safety Measurement System. It also proposes modifying and expanding the set of crash types that can be evaluated for removal from the system.
In its latest proposal, the agency is considering two changes to the original crash types: combining those involving infrastructure failures and debris with vehicles struck by cargo and equipment; and changing “motorist under the influence” to “individual under the influence” to include crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
FMCSA is also proposing to test an additional eight crash types for eligibility as “not preventable,” including those where a truck is hit by a vehicle that did not stop or slow in traffic, struck by a vehicle making an illegal turn, and struck by a driver experiencing a medical issue.