When truck drivers aren’t at fault for vehicle crashes, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Administration shouldn’t record those accidents in its database, according to the American Trucking Associations.
The ATA is trying to get crashes that the driver didn’t cause or couldn’t have prevented erased from the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability monitoring system. ATA officials argue it's unfair for trucking companies to be penalized in the CSA rankings for crashes that are clearly the fault of the other driver.
“Including these types of crashes in the calculation of carriers’ CSA scores, paints an inappropriate picture for shippers and others that these companies are somehow unsafe,” Bill Graves, ATA’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.
FMCSA has been looking into the issue of unfairly weighing fault in car crashes for at least a year with more studies yet to come, but Graves said there’s no reason to look into the issue any longer. It’s common sense that the current system is unfair, in some instances, to trucking companies, he said.
“FMCSA has been evaluating this issue for years and is not due to complete additional research until this summer,” Graves stated. “We don’t need more research to conclude that it is inappropriate to use crashes like these to paint the involved trucking companies and professional drivers as unsafe.” - Jon Ross