FMCSA report shows Safety Measurement System effectiveness

Data helps identify high-risk companies

Posted October 12, 2015

On October 8, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a Congressionally-directed report confirming that the amount of data used in the agency’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) effectively identifies the truck and bus companies involved in 90 percent of the more than 100,000 crashes that occur each year. The report also found that those that are identified as high-risk carriers continue to have crash rates that are twice the national average.

In examining commercial motor vehicle crash rates, FMCSA looked at carriers of various sizes in accordance with the Congressional directive. The analysis revealed no significant difference in actual crash rates between small carriers and those with 20 or more roadside inspections. FMCSA’s examinations further determined that the category of carriers with 11-20 inspections and patterns of non-compliance has the highest crash rates.

Under current Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), a carrier’s safety fitness can only be assigned following an on-site investigation; SMS is a tool to prioritize high-risk truck and bus companies for enforcement interventions.

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