NTSB issues safety monitoring recommendations to FMCSA.July 16, 2012 -
Safety recommendations H-12-13 through -19, issued by NTSB to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), include guidance for motor carriers on using onboard monitoring systems, and determining they reduce accidents or injuries. Board also suggests states retain records from Commercial Driver's License Information System for 10 yr. In addition, it suggests rating scores to determine carrier's fitness and process for identifying causes of safety risks found during compliance reviews.
NTSB Safety Recommendations H-12-13 through -19
National Transportation Safety Board
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC, 20594
Press release date: July 13, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
Develop and disseminate guidance for motor carriers on how to most effectively use currently available onboard monitoring systems and develop a plan to periodically update the guidance.
Upon completion of the field operational tests for onboard monitoring systems, determine whether test results indicate that such systems would reduce accidents or injuries, and, if so, require commercial motor carriers to use these systems to improve driver safety.
Revise 49 Code of Federal Regulations 391.23 to require that motor carriers obtain a 10-year driving history for all prospective commercial vehicle drivers.
Revise 49 Code of Federal Regulations 384.225 to require that states retain on the Commercial Driver's License Information System driver record all convictions, disqualifications, and other licensing actions for violations during the prior 10 years.
Include safety measurement system rating scores in the methodology used to determine a carrier's fitness to operate in the safety fitness rating rulemaking for the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative.
Include in the safety fitness rating rulemaking for the new Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative a structured process, such as the Safety Management Cycle, to be used by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration investigators and their state Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program agents, as an audit tool for investigators to (1) identify the root cause of safety risks found during compliance reviews, and (2) deliver constructive guidance to motor carriers to ensure the promotion of safety management.
Include information regarding the Safety Management Cycle in your Safety is Good Business motor carrier website.