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Working Group to Consider New Post-Accident Crash Data Elements for Tow-Away Crashes (FAST Act - Section 5306)

Goal:

To convene a working group to review the data elements of post-accident reports for reportable tow-away accidents involving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and to report to the Secretary of Transportation its findings and any recommendations, including best practices for State post-accident reports to achieve the recommended data elements.

Background:

Section 5306 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, 2015 (FAST Act) requires the Secretary of Transportation to convene a working group to review the data elements of post-accident reports for reportable tow-away crashes involving CMVs.

Summary:

The working group shall consider requiring additional data elements, including: (1) the primary cause of the accident, if the primary cause can be determined; and (2) the physical characteristics of the CMV and any other vehicle involved in the accident, including A) the vehicle configuration; (B) the gross vehicle weight, if the weight can be readily determined; (C) the number of axles; and (D) the distance between axles, if the distance can be readily determined. Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Act, the Secretary shall review the findings of the working group; identify the best practices for State post-accident reports that are reported to the Federal Government, including identifying the data elements that should be collected following a tow-away CMV accident; and recommend to the States the adoption of new data elements to be collected following reportable CMV accidents.

Outcomes:

Working group report containing findings and recommendations; recommendations to the States for new data elements to collect following reportable CMV accidents.

Milestones:

March 30, 2016: Convene working group (via teleconference).
April 26, 2016: In-person meeting to discuss Task 1 findings.
July 2016: In-person meeting to discuss Task 2 findings.
September 2016: In-person meeting to discuss final recommendations.
October 2016: Recommendations are presented to MCSAC and delivered to FMCSA Administrator.
November 2016: FMCSA creates recommendations for States.
December 2016: Secretary submits recommendations for States.

Funding:

FY 2016: $0 (work being conducted internally)

Current Status:

Active—A subcommittee within the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee was formed. Group reviewed State crash reporting forms. Several follow-up meetings are being scheduled.

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Scott Valentine of the Analysis Division at (202) 366-4869 or scott.valentine@dot.gov.

Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017
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