BELLEVUE, Wash. — Nearly two months after announcing an indefinite delay of a highly anticipated process to assess and assign fault on carriers’ safety records for truck-related crashes, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said the agency has begun to answer critical questions about the issue. 

FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro said the agency is studying concerns over the reliability of police accident reports and other issues related to the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.


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“We’re getting at the heart of the questions that people have asked,” Ferro told Transport Topics in an interview at a joint meeting of FMCSA and Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance leadership here.


By the end of the year, the agency hopes to answer the question of whether a new process would improve the CSA’s focus on truck crash predictability, Ferro said. Last month, Ferro called a closed-door meeting with industry stakeholders to announce that she had last-minute concerns over the reliability of police accident reports as the sole source of a determination of whether a truck driver could have prevented an accident that was recorded in the agency’s crash database and carriers’ safety records.