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Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report (as of 3/31/12)

Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report (as of March 31, 2012)

MCMIS SAFETY OUTCOMES* CY 2009 CY 2010* CY 2011*
CRASHES
• Large Trucks and Buses 118,358 129,159 126,599
        Large Trucks 105,457 115,730 113,775
        Buses 13,310 13,856 13,261
FATALITIES
• Large Trucks and Buses 3,803 4,202 3,935
        Large Trucks 3,548 3,889 3,661
        Buses 270 325 295
INJURIES
• Large Trucks and Buses 74,242 80,230 77,348
        Large Trucks 59,551 64,668 62,885
        Buses 15,470 16,515 15,575
*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. 
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).


PROGRAM OUTPUTS FY 2010 FY 2011* FY 2012* 
(Oct 2011 – 
Mar 2012)
Federal State Federal State Federal State
• Warning Letters 15,328 42,540 12,699
CARRIER REVIEWS
• Total Reviews Performed 12,281 7,874 11,082 7,334 6,062 3,763
        Hazardous Material (HM) Reviews 1,943 1,108 1,176 867 502 374
        Household Goods Reviews 56 6 292 11 110 –;
        Passenger Carrier Reviews** 1,307 419 1,263 472 554 227
            Motorcoach Reviews** 944 213 859 196 336 107
        BY REVIEWS IN PHASED COMPLIANCE SAFETY ACCOUNTABILITY (CSA) STATES
        • Total Reviews Performed 9,997 5,365 8,850 4,980 4,957 2,578
            Full Compliance Reviews 8,116 4,884 4,460 3,530 1,393 1,323
            Focused Compliance Reviews *** *** 3,258 1,081 3,078 1,055
        BY INVESTIGATIONS IN 100% CSA STATES – AK, CO, DE, GA, KS, NJ, MD, MN, MO, MT
        • Total Reviews Performed 2,284 2,509 2,232 2,354 1,105 1,185
            On-Site Comprehensive Investigations 365 417 522 802 123 240
            On-Site Focused Investigations 584 612 987 767 308 198
            Off-Site Investigations 333 356 315 298 70 74
INVESTIGATION FOLLOW-ON ACTIONS
• Cooperative Safety Plans (CSPs) 429 479 231
• Notice of Claims (NOC) 7,152 6,865 2,877
• Notice of Violations (NOV) 95 138 67
• Unsat/Unfit Out-of-Service (OOS) Orders 1,005 912 427
• 90-Day No-Pay OOS Orders 1,598 1,644 748
• Imminent Hazard OOS Orders 5 10 8
NEW ENTRANT SAFETY AUDITS
• Total New Entrant Safety Audits 
  (Percent Completed on Time)
34,141
(92.7%)
34,272
(88.2%)
16,920 
(89.2%)
• New Entrant Pass Rate 72.6% 65.0% 73.6%
INCREASING SAFETY AND SECURITY AWARENESS
• HM Package Inspections 6,624 4,718 1,824
• Security Contact Reviews 1,897 904 352
ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS
Total Truck and Bus Inspections 3,569,288 3,600,915 1,729,549
• Trucks 129,293 3,344,448 130,824 3,354,716 60,115 1,615,755
        HM Trucks 5,375 205,464 4,966 203,584 1,736 95,106
• Buses**** 12,294 83,253 11,828 103,547 5,430 48,249
        Motorcoaches 9,890 15,791 8,749 20,233 4,084 10,368
DRIVER/VEHICLE INSPECTIONS/ 
OOS RATES
Driver Vehicle Driver Vehicle Driver Vehicle
• Total Number of Truck Inspections 3,424,657 2,330,122 3,430,156 2,329,941 1,655,013 1,105,174
• Total Number of Bus Inspections 46,049 82,848 54,127 95,739 27,312 44,273
• Truck OOS Rate 5.3% 20.4% 5.0% 20.8% 4.8% 20.4%
• Bus OOS Rate 4.9% 6.7% 5.9% 6.9% 4.9% 6.4%
*Data are considered preliminary for 18 months. 
**Changed to include non-ratable reviews. 
***No interventions of this type for the given year. 
****Level 7 school bus inspections are not included. 
Source: All data from Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), as of April 27, 2012. 
 

Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report

I. Use of MCMIS Crash Data

The December 31, 2011, Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report was the first to use 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. States have a target goal of 90 days after a crash to report the data to FMCSA. Therefore, the crash data presented in the Safety Progress Report are up to the end of the quarter 3 months prior to the date of the Report. However, we recognize that not all crashes are reported within the 90-day timeframe, so the counts of fatalities, injuries, and crashes for the most recent year are likely to increase in subsequent reports as new data are entered into MCMIS. Because crashes are considered in evaluating a carrier’s safety performance, we do not “lock down” the MCMIS crash file; rather, we continue to accept crash data submissions from the States to ensure we have the most accurate accounting. In general, we consider crash data in the Safety Progress Report to be “preliminary” for 18 months to allow for changes.

Additional changes to the crash data displayed in the Safety Progress Report result from the differences in how crashes are defined in MCMIS and FARS/GES:

Fatal crashes: The MCMIS fatal crash data will differ slightly from FARS, because MCMIS uses the gross combination weight rating (GCWR) to determine whether a crash should be reported to MCMIS, whereas 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 towaway 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

Until the full implementation of the CSA program across all 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 Safety Progress Report contains an array of pre- and post-investigation actions, such as warning letters, notices of violations, and out-of-service orders.

(July 12, 2012 release)

Updated: Friday, December 20, 2013