How safe are your shipments?

How safe are the Motor Carriers that you use on a daily basis. Part of your sourcing selection criteria should include the carrier’s safety rating.  The FMCSA has recently issued new guidelineline of truckss to evaluate a carrier’s risk of adverse incidents.  The following is exerted from the: Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2016; [Docket No. FMCSA–2015–0439] Notification of Changes to the Definition of a High Risk Motor Carrier and Associated Investigation Procedures

As part of FMCSA’s continuing efforts to improve Carrier Safety , the Agency has created a New Definition of High Risk to improve the carrier prioritization process to enable safety investigators to take more immediate action against carriers with the highest crash risk.

The current High Risk definition does not specify which carriers require the most urgent attention or allow for dynamic risk management. For these reasons, FMCSA developed, … a new High Risk motor carrier definition. Under the new definition, Non-passenger carriers are considered ‘‘High Risk’’ if they have two or more of these BASICs at or above the 90th percentile for two consecutive months and they have not received an onsite investigation in the previous 18 months.


New High Risk Moderate risk Risk
Number of carriers identified in 12 months 2,800 1,500 9,200
Crash rate (24 months) per 100 Power Units * 18.25


14.25 10.80
Criteria New High Risk Current mandatory
SMS BASIC Performance Two or more of the following BASICs at or above the 90th percentile:

·  Unsafe Driving.

·  Crash Indicator,

·  HOS Compliance.

·  Vehicle Maintenance.

·     Unsafe Driving, Crash Indicator, or HOS Compliance BASICs greater than or equal to the 85th percentile and one other BASIC at or above the ‘‘all other’’ motor carrier threshold; or

·     Any four or more BASICs at or above the ‘‘all other’’ motor carrier threshold (65th/80th percentiles)

Frequency for – Non-Passenger Carrier Occurs in Two Consecutive Months Occurs in Two Consecutive Months.

* Current Mandatory Carrier Crash Rate: 13.35.

The new definition will identify a smaller number of carriers, but this group of carriers will have a higher crash risk than the group of carriers identified under the current High Risk definition. This newly defined High Risk list will be the Agency’s investigative priority. It will allow the Agency to more promptly conduct investigations of carriers that pose the greatest risk to public safety, rather than placing carriers at high crash risk in a longer queue of investigations. In addition, to address those carriers with poor safety performance that will no longer fall under the High Risk definition, FMCSA will identify and monitor additional carriers with significant crash risk using dynamic risk management tools.

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