As we have stated on numerous occasions, highway crashes involving large commercial trucks and buses are a nationwide problem. Over 3,600 persons in this country died as a result of crashes involving these vehicles in 2009. Until recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners tracked the safety of motor carriers by conducting resource intensive compliance reviews (records audits) of a small percentage of carriers. The FMCSA began its compliance, safety, and accountability (CSA) program in 2004. It is a pilot program intended to identify and evaluate carriers and drivers posing high safety risks. The FMCSA has focused on three key CSA program oversight activities to evaluate carriers.
The FMCSA fully expected to implement the CSA program by late 2010. One of the main tools the FMCSA is going to use to evaluate drivers and carriers is the new Safety Measurement System (SMS). That system will use more roadside inspections and other data to identify and suspend at-risk carriers and drivers.
Close to a year after the anticipated completion date, the GAO report found the new safety measurement system (SMS) program still can’t be used to get unsafe carriers off the road. This is because the program has not completed the rule-making needed to do so. Secondly, the report found that the other safety measure that was going to be implemented couldn’t be used because the technology needed to implement the program won’t be completed until 2012.
In short, the FMCSA has not provided comprehensive information to Congress. Therefore, Congress can say it lacks the information needed to make decisions based upon the FMCSA pilot program initiated back in 2004, some seven years ago. If you would like to read the full GAO report go to htt://www.goa.gov/products/gao-11-858.
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