News Digest – DOT 23-16

FMCSA Restores Property Carriers’ “Absolute Measures” in Compliance with the FAST Act.  Section 5223 (c) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015 requires the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to keep property carriers’ absolute measures available to the public.  These measures are generated directly from safety data and not based on relative comparison to other motor carriers.  The FAST Act prohibits the display of a property carriers’ relative percentile, so on December 4, 2015, FMCSA removed the information prohibited from display, and also removed the absolute measures to allow time to modify the Safety Measurement System (SMS) website to be compliant.  At this time, those modifications are complete and the SMS website is fully compliant with the FAST Act.  All information on passenger carriers continues to remain available.  If you are a motor carrier and do not have login credentials, please click here for more information on how to obtain your PIN.  Contact:  Duane DeBruyne:  (202) 366-9999.

National Academies of Sciences to Lead Congressionally Mandated Study of CSA’s Effectiveness in Identifying “High Risk” Truck and Bus Companies.  In response to Section 5221 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) of 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, through its Committee on National Statistics and Transportation Research Board, to carry out a study regarding high risk truck and bus companies.  The study will examine the accuracy with which the Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) safety measures used in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) and the Safety Management System (SMS) identify high risk carriers and predict or are correlated with future crash risk or other safety indicators for motor carriers.  For further information, see the National Academies of Sciences webpage available here.  Contact:  Duane DeBruyne:  (202) 366-9999.

###