Back in March of this year, the FMCSA stopped the work on its Crash Accountability Panel – read more here and here. Now, Transport Topics staff report Michele Fuetsch has written a troubling article outlining negative industry feedback to the FMCSA policy under CSA for crashes. Specifically, crashes are posted under a carrier’s CSA data, regardless of the fault of the driver or carrier. An excerpt:
Royce Brooks, an experienced tank truck driver, was hauling gasoline to Lockhart, Texas, south of Austin, when a BMW driver blew through a stop sign and a flashing red light. The car hit the tanker truck with such force that Texas State Police said the rig went into a ditch, spun around, flipped and burst into flames, killing Brooks, 41.
The driver of the BMW in the March 28 crash has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
Nevertheless, under the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability program, the crash will be posted on the public CSA website as a fatal accident for the carrier, Johnson Oil Co. of Gonzales, Texas, also known as Cinco J Inc. Missing from the posting will be anything that says the carrier and Brooks were blameless, a stark example of a situation that has the trucking industry crying foul. “It is very unfair,” said Michael Burke, Johnson’s transportation manager. “That poor guy didn’t know what hit him,” Burke said of Brooks, whom he hired last year.
Read the full article here. Fuetsch shares several other examples of the controversial policy and the FMCSA’s perspective in the article. How do you feel about the current FMCSA policy on crashes? What solutions do you propose? Keeping watching the Vigillo blog for further developments on how crash accountability develops in the future.