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FMCSA Proposes New Process to Appeal Crash-data for Commercial Drivers

09/21/2023 18:36

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a new process for commercial drivers to appeal crash-data.

This proposal aims to provide more transparency and fairness in the FMCSA's Safety Measurement System (SMS), which is used to assess the safety performance of commercial motor carriers and drivers. The SMS uses inspection-based data from various sources, including crash reports, to identify carriers and drivers that pose a higher risk of crashes.

However, sometimes the crash data used in the SMS may not accurately reflect the driver's safety performance due to various factors, such as weather, road conditions, or other drivers' actions. Under the proposed process, drivers will be able to request a review of their crash data used in the SMS and provide additional information to be considered.

This review will be conducted by a neutral third-party, and the FMCSA will make a final decision based on the review's findings. This could impact future driver behavior who are practicing unsafe driving violations that need corrective action.

This blog post will detail the proposed process that will establish a timeframe for the review and decision. Read More.

FMCSA proposed a New Process

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken notice of the concerns expressed by drivers and carriers regarding the accuracy of safety data and is actively working on improving the review process.

To ensure transparency and uniformity in the handling of Requests for Data Review (RDRs) at state-level motor vehicle safety offices, FMCSA proposed a new process where it will act as the final arbiter for alleged inaccuracies in crash and inspection data. The agency is seeking feedback from the trucking industry on this proposed change, which specifically addresses RDR Reconsiderations.

With this move, FMCSA aims to provide a more efficient and effective means for addressing concerns about the accuracy of safety data, ultimately leading to better safety outcomes for all involved.

The Compliance Review Process for Request for Data Review (RDR) submissions

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a notice and request for comments regarding the review process for Request for Data Review (RDR) submissions. Stakeholders have expressed concern that program offices lack a standardized approach for the initial request RDR review and the handling of RDR Reconsiderations. Additionally, users are calling for an independent review of RDR Reconsiderations to ensure consistent application of data correction requests standards. The FMCSA is seeking feedback on these issues to improve the RDR review process.

FMCSA's DataQs system is utilized by drivers, carriers, and both federal and state agencies to review safety performance data stored in the agency's Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The system enables individuals to request corrections to incomplete or inaccurate information.

One of the critical tasks of the states is to gather and transmit data related to crashes and inspections. This data encompasses a wide range of information, including violations that are documented during inspections. Once collected, this information is fed into the state data systems, which subsequently transmit it to the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). The data collected in this manner plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of the transportation industry.

The purpose of the DataQs system is to enable all users to enhance the accuracy of FMCSA's data-driven safety systems, which are designed to prevent crashes, injuries, and fatalities related to commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). By leveraging this system, individuals can seek and obtain necessary corrections to maintain reliable safety records and improve overall road safety.

RDR Reconsideration Requested

Once the initial review of a Request for Data Review (RDR) has been completed and a decision has been made, the requester has the option to request a second review, known as an RDR Reconsideration. This process is typically considered final. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing the creation of an independent appeal to request process for DataQs users who have been denied after both the initial review and RDR Reconsideration processes.

It should be emphasized that during the third and ultimate appeal, both the requester and the program office are restricted from presenting any fresh information or evidence.

The FMCSA has put forth a proposal that would restrict the RDRs eligible for appeal to those that pertain exclusively to crucial issues surrounding the interpretation of legal matters or the implementation of enforcement policies and regulations.

The FMCSA appeal request process does not typically accept requests that involve only factual disputes between parties. It is also important to note that the Crash Preventability Determination Program and Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse petitions cannot be appealed through the FMCSA. The agency has clarified that any RDR appeals that are accepted by the FMCSA will be considered final.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced its intention to allow the public to provide their feedback on its proposal for 60 days. This period provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and other stakeholders to express their opinions and concerns regarding the proposal. The FMCSA values the input of the public and encourages all interested parties to participate in this process.

In Conclusion

The FMCSA's proposed new process for appealing crash risk data for commercial drivers is a significant step toward ensuring fair and accurate reporting. By providing a clear and streamlined process for drivers to challenge incorrect or incomplete data, the FMCSA is working to protect the reputation of safe and responsible drivers.

While the proposal is still subject to public comment and revision, it represents a positive development for the commercial driving industry. Ultimately, this new process will help to maintain safety standards and promote transparency in the reporting of commercial driving data.

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