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FMCSA proposed changes to truck carrier safety scoring system

Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a new report highlighting its plans to reform its struggling Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The report was created in order to comply with a 2015 order from Congress to better identify the unsafe trucking companies operating on roads in Louisiana and across the United States.

The 10-page report outlines a number of proposed reforms. The most prominent one involves replacing the current CSA Safety Measurement System with an improved scoring system. The report also suggests increasing the quality of data in the scoring process. This improvement would allow carriers to better understand and improve their safety scores compared to the current scoring system.

The FMCSA hopes testing of the new scoring system on a small scale will begin in September 2018. If testing goes well, a full-scale test would begin as early as April 2019. The changes to the scoring system would be, by far, the largest ever made to the CSA program.

The report, referred to as a ‘corrective action plan,” was dated June 2018. The plan was made public on July 4 after it was posted on the FMCSA website. The report is in response to the FAST Act highway bill that President Obama signed into law in December 2015. The new system was created in conjunction with the National Academies of Science. The bill was brought about after carriers complained that score results were hard to understand and based on bad data.

Despite the FMCSA’s best efforts to streamline federal trucking regulations, drivers will continue to be injured in crashes caused by negligent truck operators. Injured drivers likely will have claims against the truck operators in the form of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and property damage repair bills. An attorney with experience in personal injury law may be able to help a victim recover those damages.

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