FMCSA to showcase plan to reduce fatalities, injuries and crashes

| 11/28/2007

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a plan to beef up enforcement in the trucking industry and improve highway safety.

On Dec. 4, the public will be updated on FMCSA’s Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 initiative, a comprehensive review and analysis of the agency’s current commercial motor carrier safety and enforcement programs.

Officials from FMCSA will use the upcoming listening session to inform the public on the direction and progress of CSA 2010, and obtain feedback from its partners and stakeholders. This listening session is a follow-up to a series of public listening sessions held by FMCSA in 2004 and 2006.

FMCSA Administrator John H. Hill has said he hopes CSA 2010 will be a vital tool in reducing the number of fatalities in the large truck and bus industries.

“The top priority of the agency is to reduce the number of fatalities,” Hill said, at a CSA 2010 listening session held in Washington, DC, in November 2006.

Hill said he sees the combination of roadside checks, compliance reviews, enforcement and new entrant training as keys to reducing the number of fatalities.

And perhaps the cornerstone in this agenda to reduce fatalities is the CSA 2010.

In August 2004, FMCSA kicked off CSA 2010 with a comprehensive review and analysis of the agency’s existing compliance and enforcement programs. The goal of the program is to develop a new approach for FMCSA resources to identify drivers and carriers that pose safety problems and steps to intervene and address those problems.

Currently, because of the complexity of compliance reviews and staffing limitations within FMCSA, only about 2 percent of all registered motor carriers are reviewed each year. And the compliance reviews are targeted at the motor carrier and not the individual driver.

FMCSA officials have said they hope that CSA 2010 will, among other things, change that.