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Trucking companies petition FMCSA to remove public CSA scores

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

A number of different trucking companies are calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to no longer make Compliance, Safety, and Accountability scores, along with other safety data, available to the public. Those petitioning the FMCSA claim that the information presented in this data contains statistical flaws that the FMCSA has done nothing to address, although it has been brought to their attention numerous times.

The groups and companies involved in this petition sent a joint letter to the FMCSA just weeks after both the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association also requested that CSA data be removed from the FMCSA's website.

This is not the first time that groups within the trucking industry have petitioned to have such information removed. Earlier this year, a legal case was dismissed in which the Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT) brought a case against the FMCSA to have this safety data removed from public view, claiming that the FMCSA presented this information without addressing some of the flaws with the data, which could have significant effects on drivers' and companies' business.

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ATRI Analysis Challenges FMCSA Study Findings

Posted by Genie Wood on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 02:30 PM

A recent analysis conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has found flaws in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) study concerning the efficacy of the federal agency’s new 34-hour restart rule.

The rule, which is designed to help reduce fatigue among truck drivers in order to prevent accidents, has been controversial since its announcement, particularly in light of the considerable number of new regulations the agency has announced in the past two years, a total of 29 new rules governing how truckers have to operate. The FMCSA had used the study in order to show that the 34-hour restart rule significantly decreased reported fatigue and led to better lane positioning.

However, ATRI has documented a considerable number of design flaws in the study, including problems such as failing to differentiate between drivers who had taken a 34-hour restart and those who had been off duty for longer periods of time; findings that the average lane deviation was only 1/10th of a centimeter greater for drivers in the non-34-hour restart group; and a sample size which may have been too small to offer meaningful insight. Though the FMCSA has disputed these findings, controversy over the rule is likely to continue.

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