ARLINGTON, Va. — A new report from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has found that non-preventable crashes have a significant impact on a carrier’s CSA score.
The study, involving more than a dozen carriers, calculated their CSA scores with and without non-preventable incidents included. Non-preventable crashes include: animal collisions; when another vehicle hits a legally parked truck; when another vehicle ran a stop light or stop sign and hit a truck; when the driver of the other vehicle was DUI; and truck-assisted suicide.
ATRI found a 15% improvement in CSA scores when the scores were recalculated with the above incidents removed.
“The trucking industry has identified a number of flaws in FMCSA’s calculation of carrier safety performance through the CSA BASICs and perhaps none is more egregious than the inclusion of non-preventable crashes in the Crash Indicator BASIC. ATRI’s latest analysis, using a very conservative definition of non-preventable crashes, demonstrates just how skewed FMCSA’s BASIC calculations can be,” said Scott Mugno, a member of ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee as well as vice-president of safety and maintenance for FedEx Ground.
The full report can be found at www.atri-online.org.