FMCSA also proposes reorganizing the Controlled Substances/Alcohol, Unsafe Driving, and Vehicle Maintenance safety categories. The proposed new safety categories are:
- Unsafe Driving
- Crash Indicator
- Hours of Service Compliance
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Vehicle Maintenance: Driver Observed
- Hazardous Materials Compliance
- Driver Fitness
The new Driver Fitness category will now also hold violations of the Controlled Substances/Alcohol BASIC, and operating while under an Out of Service (OOS) violations, be it an OOS for a maintenance issue or HOS, both violations belong in the Driver Fitness category as Well. FMCSA feels the new Driver Fitness category will more accurately identify high risk carriers for intervention to help those carriers in knowing what issues they need to address to improve, whereas under BASICs there would be a risk of some carriers falling through the cracks.
By splitting Vehicle Maintenance into two categories, it will reveal more carriers with more crashes for intervention. FMCSA plans to separate Driver Fitness and HM categories to more accurately reveal safety issues experienced by each operation type in order to enable them to achieve greater safety.
Separating the Driver Fitness BASIC into straight vehicles and combination vehicles based on their operation type because straight vehicles show higher risk of crashes than combination vehicles under BASICS, but segmentation more accurately identifies high risk carriers in each segment.
The focus of the proposed changes is increasing safety in trucking that will undoubtedly save the lives of many motorists. FMCSA is accepting comments from carriers pertaining to the proposed changes. To read the entire proposed changes go to Federal Register :: Revised Carrier Safety Measurement System. It includes directions for submitting your comments.