FMCSA to Let Carriers Dispute Crash Fault

By Team Writer / January 28, 2019

On August 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will launch a demonstration program that will allow motor carriers to dispute the FMSCA’s determination of fault in some truck crashes. The agency proposed the program two years ago. Under the program, if the agency deems a crash “preventable” and the motor carrier disagrees, the carrier can submit a request for data review (RDR). To qualify for reevaluation, a crash must have occurred on or after June 1, 2017.

Key Takeaways:

  • Starting Aug. 1, motor carriers would be able to contest truck crashes deemed “preventable” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in order to achieve compliance and safety.
  • The agency would be accepting requests for data reviews (RDRs) from motor carriers on its DataQs national data-correction system.
  • The data collected would be used to evaluate the preventability of crashes and will be useful in making decisions about longer-term crash preventability.

“In addition, FMCSA said if it reviews a crash and determines it to be “not preventable,” it will post a notification of preliminary determination on DataQs for 30 days.”

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