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Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report (as of 12/31/11)

Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report (as of December 31, 2011)

MCMIS SAFETY OUTCOMES* CY 2009 CY 2010** CY 2011**
Jan. 1, 2011 - 
Sep. 30, 2011
CRASHES
Large Trucks and Buses 118,428 128,747 93,976
        Large Trucks 105,526 115,398 84,569
        Buses 13,314 13,774 9,719
FATALITIES
Large Trucks and Buses 3,803 4,089 2,906
        Large Trucks 3,548 3,797 2,679
        Buses 270 304 241
INJURIES
Large Trucks and Buses 74,280 79,731 57,132
        Large Trucks 59,586 64,338 46,639
        Buses 15,469 16,327 11,311
*First time MCMIS crash data have been reported in FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report. 
**States are expected to report crash data to FMCSA within 90 days of the crash. Data are considered preliminary for 18 months to allow for changes.
PROGRAM OUTPUTS FY 2010 FY 2011* FY 2012 Q1* 
Oct. 1, 2011 - 
Dec. 31, 2011
Federal State Federal State Federal State
Warning Letters 15,328 42,540 6,302
CARRIER REVIEWS
Total Reviews Performed 12,281 7,874 11,080 7,332 2,823 1,766
        Hazardous Material (HM) Reviews 1,943 1,108 1,176 867 228 172
        Household Goods Reviews 561 6 292 11 50 -
        Passenger Carrier Reviews 1,079 270 1,020 275 288 107
            Motorcoach Reviews 880 164 740 151 200 65
        BY REVIEWS IN PHASED COMPLIANCE SAFETY ACCOUNTABILITY (CSA) STATES
        Total Reviews Performed 9,997 5,365 8,849 4,978 2,303 1,192
            Full Compliance Reviews 8,116 4,884 4,460 3,529 726 625
            Focused Compliance Reviews *** *** 3,240 1,075 1,353 471
        BY INVESTIGATIONS IN 100% CSA STATES – AK, CO, DE, GA, KS, NJ, MD, MN, MO, MT
        Total Reviews Performed 2,284 2,509 2,231 2,354 520 574
            On-Site Comprehensive Investigations 365 417 522 802 106 214
            On-Site Focused Investigations 584 612 987 767 269 176
            Off-Site Investigations 333 356 315 298 62 67
INVESTIGATION FOLLOW-ON ACTIONS
Cooperative Safety Plans (CSPs) 429 479 103
Notice of Claims (NOC) 7,128 6,816 1,071
Notice of Violations (NOV) 95 139 31
Unsat/Unfit Out-of-Service (OOS) Orders 1,005 912 199
90-Day No-Pay OOS Orders 1,597 1,638 342
Imminent Hazard OOS Orders 5 10 6
NEW ENTRANT SAFETY AUDITS
Total New Entrant Safety Audits 
  (Percent Completed on Time)
34,143 
(92.9%)
34,266 
(89.1%)
7,286 
(89.0%)
New Entrant Pass Rate 72.6% 65.0% 72.6%
INCREASING SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARENESS
HM Package Inspections 6,624 4,711 967
Security Contact Reviews 1,897 904 142
ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS
Total Truck and Bus Inspections 3,569,450 3,598,296 847,549
Trucks 129,501 3,344,356 129,592 3,353,592 25,388 796,282
        HM Trucks 5,386 205,453 4,902 203,525 774 44,648
Buses** 12,336 83,257 11,779 103,333 2,603 23,276
        Motorcoaches 9,921 15,791 8,720 20,232 1,896 5,205
DRIVER/VEHICLE INSPECTIONS/ 
OOS RATES
Driver Vehicle Driver Vehicle Driver Vehicle
Total Number of Truck Inspections 3,424,806 2,330,263 3,427,992 2,327,813 812,095 535,451
Total Number of Bus Inspections 46,095 82,893 54,063 95,501 13,867 21,100
Truck OOS Rate 5.3% 20.4% 5.0% 20.8% 4.9% 20.6%
Bus OOS Rate 4.9% 6.7% 5.9% 6.9% 5.1% 7.1%
*Data are considered preliminary for 18 months. 
**Level 7 school bus inspections are not included. 
***No interventions of this type for the given year. 
Note: Individual subtotals may not add to totals due to the potential for double counting (e.g., fatalities or injuries in a truck-bus crash). 
Source: All data from Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), as of January 2012 snapshot. 
Release Date: April 17, 2012. 
 

Changes to the Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report December 31, 2011

I. Use of MCMIS Crash Data

The December 31, 2011 Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report uses the state-reported crash data from the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) for reporting fatalities, injuries, and crashes involving large trucks and buses. Previous reports relied on the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and General Estimates System (GES) data received from NHTSA. The MCMIS crash data are available more quickly than the FARS and GES which typically are not available until sometime between July and December of the year following the crash. MCMIS data also allow information to be reported on a quarterly basis. Since States have 90 days after a crash to report the data to FMCSA, the first report that will provide complete CY 2011 crash data will be the report "as of March 31, 2012."

Additional changes to the crash data displayed in the Safety Progress Report result from the differences in how crashes are defined:

Fatal crashes: The MCMIS fatal crash data will differ slightly from FARS because MCMIS uses the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) to determine if a crash should be reported to MCMIS, where FARS uses the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Thus a truck pulling a trailer where the GCWR is greater than 10,000 pounds would be reported in MCMIS as a large truck crash, but would not in FARS if the GVWR of the truck alone was not greater than 10,000 pounds.

Non-fatal crashes: GES data are estimates based on a sample survey of crashes, whereas MCMIS contains a census of all large truck and bus crashes reported to FMCSA by the States. There are also definitional differences between GES and MCMIS. MCMIS uses the National Governors' Association recommended crash thresholds to define injury crashes as ones where the person injured is taken to a medical facility for immediate medical attention, and tow-away crashes as ones where at least one vehicle is towed from the scene as a result of disabling damage suffered in the crash. GES follows the National Safety Council's KABCO scale where injury crashes involve disabling, evident, or possible injuries, and property-damage-only crashes involve no fatalities and no apparent injuries. Thus the MCMIS injury and tow-away crashes are subsets of the GES-eligible injury and property-damage-only crashes, and therefore are always less than the GES estimates.

II. CSA Data

The second set of changes provides additional information related to FMCSA's enforcement programs and investigation follow-on actions. Until the full implementation of the CSA program across all of the States, the 100% CSA State activities are displayed separately from the States that are "phasing" the implementation. The reviews and interventions conducted by both groups add up to the "total reviews performed," but the activities differ between the two groups. The new report contains an array of pre- and post-investigation actions such as warning letters, notices of violations, and out of service orders.

III. New Entrant Data

The final set of changes is to the new entrant and roadside inspection programs. The previous Federal and State information on the new entrant program is combined to be more reflective of the overall program. Data are also presented on the rate at which new entrants are "passing" their safety audits.

IV. Roadside Inspection Data

The roadside inspection information related to "At U.S. Borders" has been removed. A more detailed look at roadside inspections and other FMCSA Safety Programs is available through the FMCSA Analysis & Information Online website (http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SafetyProgram/home.aspx). Information related to the U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program is provided at the program's website at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/international-programs/mexico-cross-border-trucking-pilot-program.

(April 17, 2012 release)

Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014