Much like we all experienced in elementary and high school, every quarter, FMCSA updates and posts on its website a document called the “Motor Carrier Safety Progress Report” (Progress Report, for short). This Progress Report is essentially a self-generated ‘report card’ on how FMCSA is doing implementing various safety-related programs and, more importantly, how its efforts are influencing on-road safety outcomes.
The Agency’s most recent Progress Report was posted in late April 2020 and includes data in two main categories: (1) Safety Outcomes, and (2) Program Outputs. The Safety Outcomes category lists the number of truck- and bus-involved crashes, fatalities, and injuries for the three most recent calendar years (2017-2019). As many of you probably know, these crash outcomes are unfortunately trending in the wrong direction. The Program Outputs category includes data on the number of:
- Carrier investigations
- Violations cited during investigations
- New entrant audits
- Roadside inspections
- The latest driver and vehicle out-of-service rates from inspections
This data is presented in a user-friendly format and is easy to track and review from quarter to quarter, just like the report cards of our youth. We will resist the temptation to provide a grade on this latest FMCSA report card.