Measuring the FMCSA's Safety Objectives from March 2000 to September 2004.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set a goal of reducing large truck-related fatality rates by 41% from 1996 to 2008. In support of this effort, FMCSA has established specific objectives focusing on individual areas of improvement as outlined in the "2010 Strategy: Saving Lives through Safety, Innovation and Performance" document. The Volpe Center was requested by FMCSA to establish metrics and benchmarks against which to assess progress in attaining the FMCSA safety objectives. Work on the selection of metrics for tracking FMCSA progress toward the safety objectives was initiated by a series of studies that tested the utility of various Motor Carrier Safety Status Measurement System (SafeStat)-related measures and other industry metrics. The metrics selected as the most appropriate depiction of the achievement of the safety objectives were then calculated based on semi-annual SafeStat runs between March 2000 and September 2004. A trend analysis was conducted to document progress over time. Although results show movement in a positive direction for most metrics when compared to the March 2000 baseline, the trend over the more recent periods shows a leveling-off or worsening in most of the metrics. This report is organized by safety objective. The objectives are: (1) Reduction in commercial motor vehicle crashes; (2) All commercial motor vehicle drivers are fully qualified, safe, alert and healthy; (3) Improve the safety and performance of non-commercial drivers with respect to trucks; (4) Improve the overall safety performance of the motor carrier industry through refined and enhanced management systems; (5) Increase the safety performance of the worst offenders to meet the norm; and (6) Commercial motor vehicles have optimum safety performance.

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    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Analysis Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation Division
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 2006-1


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 66p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01638987
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FMCSA-RI-06-038
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2017 4:08PM