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


  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
  74,028
  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
    2,243
   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
3,334,356
  129,592
3,353,592
25,388
796,282
HM Trucks
     5,386
  205,453
     4,902
  203,525
     774
  44,648
Buses**
   12,356
    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: Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), as of January 2012 snapshot.

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.

Last updated: Friday, December 20, 2013