FMCSA publishes notice to revise definition of high-risk motor carrier

Agency pursues more timely action against transporters

Posted March 8, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a notice in the March 7 Federal Register announcing its efforts to improve the carrier prioritization process by enabling safety investigators to take more immediate action against carriers with the highest crash risk.

Specifically, FMCSA is proclaiming a new high risk motor carrier definition and associated investigative procedural changes. These changes correspond with the “Blueprint for Safety Leadership: Aligning Enforcement and Risk” report issued by a Federal Aviation Administration Independent Review Team (IRT) in July 2014. The IRT recommended that FMCSA sharpen its priority-setting focus and improve the timeliness of investigator actions on those motor carriers representing the highest risk.

Under the new definition, passenger carriers are “high risk” if they have two or more of the following Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), most closely correlated with crash risk, at or above the 90th percentile for one month and they have not received onsite investigation in the previous 12 months: Unsafe Driving, Crash Indicator; HOS Compliance, and Vehicle Maintenance. Non-passenger carriers are considered “High Risk” if they have two or more of these BASICs at or above the 90th percentile for two consecutive months and they have not received an onsite investigation in the previous 18 months.

The Agency’s notice explains the new high risk motor carrier definition and associated investigative procedural changes in detail.

The public may comments on the notice on or before May 6, 2016. You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System Docket ID [FMCSA-2015-0439] using the Federal eRulemaking Portal.


 

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