ATA: DOT report underlines safety program problems

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WASHINGTON (March 11, 2014) — A new report from the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation (DOT) further demonstrates the ongoing significant problems with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) said.

“The Inspector General’s report confirms what industry stakeholders, independent researchers and other government watchdogs have found,” said ATA Executive Vice President Dave Osiecki. “There continues to be significant flaws in the data the FMCSA is using to evaluate and score carriers under CSA.

“ATA continues to support the oversight mission and safety goals of CSA,” Mr. Osiecki said. “But FMCSA must acknowledge the program’s many problems and commit to addressing them.”

Among the problems the Inspector General found, according to ATA, were:

The agency’s “limited action” in addressing previously identified flaws in the CSA program;

Its inability to get 40 states and the District of Columbia to implement CSA interventions;

Not following standard technology validation and testing; and

Not monitoring states for consistency in correcting inaccurate data.

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