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FMCSA Expands Crash Preventability Determination Program

Today, FMSCA announced  they are expanding and making permanent their Crash Preventability Determination program.

Beginning next week, FMCSA will start accepting preventability determination requests on an expanded set of crash scenarios, including a new “rare or unusual” category. Crashes determined to be not-preventable will be noted on the carriers CSA profile, removed from the calculation of the carrier’s Crash Indicator BASIC measure and reflected on the driver’s PSP score.

Carriers and drivers will use the DataQs system to request review of a crashes occurring on or after August 1, 2020 but must submit a copy of the police accident report to be considered. FMCSA has also streamlined the process by eliminating the 30-day public notice period before a review can be finalized. FMCSA has said they will continue to monitor the program and will consider further expansion if it is warranted. FMCSA has developed a 12-page guide to the program which includes detailed descriptions the 16 crash types that are eligible for review.