FMCSA FINALIZES CRASH PREVENTABILITY PROGRAM
The FMCSA has finalized the Crash Preventability program for certain types of accidents that occurred on or after August 1, 2019.
For a 4-minute summary in a narrated PowerPoint video go to:
Crashes found “non-preventable” will be excluded from the SMS system and noted on a PSP. Requests for Determinations of accidents are submitted through DataQ and must include the police report.
Only eligible crashes are eligible for review. These types of crashes are as follows:
-CMV struck in the rear or on the side at the rear;
-CMV struck by motorist driving the wrong direction or by another motorist in an accident with a motorist driving the wrong way;
-CMV struck by a vehicle making a U-turn or an illegal turn;
-CMV struck when legally parked or legally stopped for a traffic control device;
-CMV struck by a vehicle that did not stop or slow in traffic or failed to stop for a traffic control device;
-CMV struck by an individual under the influence or related offense where the individual was charged or arrested, failed a field sobriety or other test, or refused a test OR by another motorist who was in an accident with such a driver;
-CMV struck by an individual who experienced a medical issue that contributed to the crash or by a driver who admitted falling asleep or admitted a distraction (cell phone, passenger, GPS,…);
-CMV struck by cargo , equipment, or debris or involved in a crash due to an infrastructure failure;
-CMV struck an animal;
-CMV struck by an individual committing or attempting to commit suicide;
-CMV involved in “a crash that seldom occurs and does not meet another eligible crash type (e.g., being struck by an airplane or skydiver or being struck by a deceased driver).”
Of note, as indicated above, you must submit a police report with your filing. Problem—in many jurisdictions such as Pennsylvania a suicide or attempt is considered a criminal, not traffic, matter. No accident report is issued. You cannot obtain the criminal report/investigation.
For a full explanation of the program, you can go to www.fmcsa.dot.gov/crash-preventability-determination-program
CVSA AGGREGATES ACTIVE EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS ONLINE
CVSA has developed an online repository of the active emergency declarations. “Going forward, through this website, law enforcement officials, inspectors, industry and the public will have a permanent, reliable “one-stop shop” for emergency information, resulting in improved movement of critical relief supplies during national, regional and local emergencies.” according to the CVSA..
The public can access this vital resources at www.cvsaemergencydeclarations.org The CVSA obtained High Priority Grant funding from the FMCSA to do so.
PA EXTENDS CERTAIN LICENSE EXPIRATION DATES
PennDOT announced that it will extend the expiration dates for drivers licenses, identification cards, and learners permits. “Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.”
PA APPORTIONED REGISTRATIONS DUE 5/31/20
Thank you to Dennis Lamb who forwarded information obtained by Tim Cotter as to the status of apportioned registrations in PA. PennDOT indicated that apportioned registrations expire 5/31/20.
According to PennDOT, “[A]pportioned registrants should mail their apportioned renewal applications to the Department for processing. We have staff processing apportioned work at the ROC (there is no counter service) so we would encourage our customers to mail in their information as soon as possible. Apportioned invoices may be paid by certified check, cashier’s check, money order or wire transfer. Certified check, cashier’s check, money orders should be made payable to: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Payments may also be made by wire transfer.
VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM—THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF TRUCKING
Get the insights of the experts from across the various aspects of our industry as to the impact of the pandemic today and into the future.
-What is the impact on DOT physicals, D & A, and trucking occupational medicine?
-What is the impact on pending and future regulations?
-What is the economic impact on our industry today and going forward?
-What is the impact on roadside inspections and CSA going forward?
-What has been the impact on bottlenecks and truck loads today and in the future?
-How will litigation, verdicts, and juries be impacted?
You can watch the entirety of their interviews as follows:
Occupational physician Dr. Natalie Hartenbaum per the impact on DOT physicals, D & A testing, and occupational health in our industry moving forward. Telemedicine for exams? You can view her interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OGuaRCOTAc&t=9s
Bob Costello, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of ATA, examines the economics of this current, turbulent time and shares thoughts for future impact of the pandemic. You can view his interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOqwTORYYPM&t=265s
Rebecca Brewster, ATRI President and COO, shares the insights of GPS data as to the impact on bottlenecks, truck loads, and the indications for the future of the pandemic. You can view her interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdU2V1VJ798&t=18s
Steve Bryan, Transportation Vice President of Samba Safety, tells us what the data shows as to inspections and CSA during the pandemic and what the future impact will be. You can view his interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPD_FU_zW0
Dan Horvath, ATA Vice President of Safety Policy, talks about the impact of regulations that were in progress as well as the potential future regulatory impact of the pandemic. You can view his interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogX9CXIIx4U&t=4s
Jury consultant Dr. Bill Kanasky, Jr. provides insight into the impact of the pandemic on litigation, verdicts, and juries. You can view his interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oczEo44J12U&t=42s