Crash Preventability Program

Preventability Program becomes permanent

The truck fleet industry had been brooding since donkey’s years about having to pay for inequitable crashes when their drivers did not stand guilty for the happening. It was often seen that several accidents were counted against truck drivers when in reality there wasn’t much that the driver could do to prevent the mishap from happening. Truck drivers also found themselves facing the harsh brunt of this unfair allegation with a compromised crash avoidance systems.

On looking into the matter, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had promised a permanent demonstration program for truckers, which would not consider “non-preventable” crashes in Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores. 

In 2015, the FMCSA had laid a temporary plan recognized by the term “The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program” which was to be observed and thereby made permanent in August 2019. In 2017, the FMCSA looked into the data of more than five thousand accident cases by truck and buses combined to find out that about 94% passed for the “non-preventable” category. Quite recently, the FMCSA made permanent their Crash Preventability Determination Program aiding much relief to fleet management.

What Does Crash Preventability Demonstration Program Mean?

In simple language, the crash avoidance or Crash Preventability Demonstration Program means a driver will not be held responsible for an unavoidable crash. Therefore a “non-preventable” crash will not affect a driver’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) score.

What determines if CMV owners and Truck Fleets are eligible for a Non-preventable Crash?

There are plenty of factors that could determine if the crash is eligible to participate in the Crash Preventability Demonstration Program or not. If the crash you are involved in meets the following criteria, it would be regarded as a “non-preventable” crash:

  • If the CMV was struck in the rear or side at the rear
  • If the CMV was struck by a vehicle coming in the wrong direction, or by a vehicle making an illegal turn
  • If the crash occurs while being halted at a signal or stop sign
  • If there was any medical issue that led to the crash
  • If the crash happened due to the result of infrastructure failure or a natural calamity like a fallen tree, rock, etc.
  • If the crash occurs when your vehicle was parked or left unattended
  • If your truck was struck by another vehicle that failed to pull the brakes or could slow down in time
  • If the crash is an unusual one, like being struck by a skydiver, deceased driver, airplane, etc.
  • If the other driver involved in the crash was intoxicated while driving
  • If the other driver involved in the crash admitted to having dozed off while driving or distracted due to passengers, GPS, cell phone, etc.
  • If your truck was struck by an individual attempting to commit suicide or an animal

Find every detail of the Crash Preventability Program here

If CMV owners and trucks meet any of the aforementioned conditions, there is a thick chance the crash they are involved in would be rendered “non-preventable”. However, there is a procedure that is to be followed to use the Crash Preventability Demonstration program. For every accident that took place on or after the 1st of August 2019, a request must be sent to the Request for Data Review (RDR) with a valid police accident report, video, or documentary proof backing the fact that the crash was not the fault of the driver. This can be done through the FMCSA website itself. If the proof is convincing enough, the FMCSA will approve the accident for a “non-preventable” one. You could find more information on applying for a non- preventable crash here.

“Since the inception of CSA, the industry argued that drivers and carriers should not be judged based on crashes they could not have prevented,” said P. Sean Garney, vice president of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, in reaction to the new program. “The demonstration program was a positive step in this direction.”

Owing to this success of implementation, the exploratory program 2017 slightly differs from the permanent program 2019. Here’s how they are different;

The Permanent Crash Preventability Program

The exploratory program used a different calculation for non-preventable crashes. However, the permanent program has uprooted preventable crashes from a carrier’s safety management system prioritization algorithm, entirely. In other words, a carrier’s Crash Indicator’s basic score will not be calculated using non-preventable crashes anymore.

  • On request, carriers can now review a record of their non-preventable crashes. However, this would apply only to crashes post 1st August 2019.
  • The FMCSA is organizing the process of eliminating the 30-day public notice before a review can be finalized. Public comments will still be welcome.However, determining the case will not be delayed because of them.
  • A list of all the crashes will be available on the FMCSA website with a note signifying if the crash has been reviewed along with the verdict for the crash after the review.
  • A report by the police regarding the accident is a mandate and would be considered as one of the most reliable sources for information relevant to the crash. The FMCSA research and various other institutions have validated this procedure over and over again.
  • The Pre-employment Screening record (PSP) will indicate a driver’s non-preventable crashes if any. This provision was not a part of the exploratory program.

Fleet Benefits through the Crash Preventable Program

Every truck fleet can seek benefits from the permanent program as it slashes the rule of inequitable crashes by considering factual points of the accident. The Crash Preventable Program also helps with maintaining a healthy CSA score as non-preventable crashes do not hamper this factor. This means there will not be an unnecessary hike in your insurance premium due to a low CSA score for none of your fault. Truck fleet owners can benefit profoundly with this as many businesses bank on the CSA Score check before choosing a fleet trucking company to work with. Therefore, the program proves to be a business booster especially for truck fleet companies.

Prevention is Key

No accident is better than an accident. And that’s what every fleet company should aim to achieve. Although the Crash Preventable Program is a huge relief to truck fleets and carrier companies and drivers both, drivers must be careful enough to avoid a crash in any case. Trucking companies should advise their drivers for the same. This program has not come into existence as a leeway but only to free a driver from false allegations. Truck fleet companies to imply every rule that could avoid a crash and use stringent measures to have the rules followed. ELDs for that matter are a proven way of preventing crashes.

The FMCSA however, has always focused on means to minimize road accidents altogether. It has also introduced the ELD mandate  to reduce driver’s fatigue that has been regarded as the foremost reason for truck accidents.

Near Future benefits of the Crash Preventability Program

Crash records sent by trucks to the FMCSA would sure help the department gain a deeper understanding of the cause of truck crashes and how to prevent them in the future. This would render more safe driving methods and safer roads thereby.

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Matrack Provides Real Time COVID-19 Updates For Truckers

In light of the recent worldwide pandemic, Matrack Incorporation has come up with the initiative to provide real-time updates regarding COVID-19. The information in these updates it specifically curated to cater to the needs of the truck drivers, and keep them informed.

As on May 5th, 2020, the total number of people affected by novel coronavirus in United States has reached to 1.21 million with more than 69,000 deaths, which is the highest in the world.  After having followed social distancing and lockdown restrictions strictly for over 6 weeks, several states are now gearing up to resume operations. This decision was taken by the government to fight the overwhelming unemployment and drop in country’s economy. However, the lockdown will be lifted under certain rules, as decided by the state governors. For example, in Louisiana, people can eat in a restaurant but have to sit outside, 10 feet apart, without any waiter service. Even when the lockdown is lifted, people have been asked to follow social distancing, sanitize their hands regularly and wear a face mask whenever going out.

Matrack Incorporation has created a COVID tracker that depicts the hot zones, and the areas that are worse affected by the virus. This tracker has been created keeping in mind that truck drivers often need to cross state borders in their line of work. The heat tracker will help them in knowing the spread of the virus in the cities, counties and states in they are or need to travel.

Information displayed by the heat tracker:

As a Matrack client/user, the COVID heat tracker is available to you on our FMS portal. Through this tracker, you will get the information on:

  1. Total number of confirmed cases in US, which is updated regularly.
  2. Total number of cases per million residents
  3. Total number of death throughout the country
  4. Color-coded key to help you identify the highly affected areas.
  5. State-wise and county-wise information

How to use the tracker?

The tracker is available to all for free. For Matrack users, the tracker is also available on their FMS portal, and it is extremely easy to use. The current information about the total number of confirmed cases and deaths all over the country are shown on the top-left corner, and this data is continuously updated to give you authentic information.

For state-wise and county-wise data, user can hover over the geographical location they desire to know about, and a small window (as shown above for South Carolina, and below for Calhoun County, FL) will give them the statistics of that state and county – total number of cases, confirmed cases, and total number of deaths. The above map shows the color-coded grid of Florida, darker shades depicting the worst hit or high-risk area. The tracker also allows you to fetch county-wise data, and save locations for future use.

Matrack COVID heat tracker – a tool for fleet managers and drivers

Given that the widespread and deathly nature of the COBID -19 pandemic, many industries, especially transport and fleet management has been hit really hard. Many drivers have lost their consistent source of income, and their employment as well is at risk. Now that the restrictions have been eased, it is going to be easier to get back to work. However, it is extremely important that rules of social distancing are followed diligently.

Through Matrack’s COVID heat tracker, fleet managers, drivers, and other users can easily find out the low risk areas. Up until now, the fleet managers were tasked with creating a fuel efficient route, however now they need to ensure that their drivers travel a route that is safer for them. The tracker depicts the risk areas in any geographical location via color-codes. The darker the color, the riskier the area. Fleet managers and drivers can keep safe and not contract the novel coronavirus disease, if they do not stop for any reason in high risk areas.

The tracker also shows the low risk areas, or areas that are still unaffected by the virus. For example, Carter County and a lot of other counties in state of Montana have not recorded a single case of COVID-19, and are therefore comparatively safer to travel.

There are few other precautions that drivers and fleet managers must take before resuming work as well as on the job.

  • Sanitize your hands regularly. Keep soap and sanitizer with you so you do not run out of it while travelling.
  • Sanitize all equipment like; computers, scanners, cart handles used to haul equipment, door knobs and toolboxes
  • Wear a mask and gloves all the time, and dispose them off once they are ineffective. Use an EPA-approved disinfectant.
  • Deep clean your vehicle, sanitize the steering wheel, dash board and interiors of fleet vehicles, and make sure to avoid contact with the goods that you are carrying. Also, at the loading/unloading, keep as less contact with people as possible and maintain social distancing.
  • Keep packaged food and supplies to cook your own meal as much as possible. The lesser the contact with other people, the lesser risk you will be at of getting affected by the coronavirus.
  • In case, any of your colleague shows symptoms of the virus, do seek medical help.
  • While at a fuelling station, use disinfecting wipes to clean the fuel pump handle and keypad before punching the odometer and driver ID. In case wet wipes are absent, use tissue or gloves to touch the same.
  • As States and counties have imposed their own restriction, fleet managers must ensure that the drivers do follow the norms and rules of the local authorities.
  • Avoid handshakes at all costs.
  • Once the drivers are back from their job, it is important that they self-quarantine and get temperature checks daily.
  • Avoid handshakes at all costs.
  • Once the drivers are back from their job, it is important that they self-quarantine and get temperature checks daily.
  • Avoid handshakes at all costs.
  • Once the drivers are back from their job, it is important that they self-quarantine and get temperature checks daily.

Keep up with csa trucking company scores by using Matrack gps tracking for trucking. Matrack Incorporation, in solidarity with our clients, fleet managers and drivers, is providing this tracker absolutely free. Owning a trucking company is now made easier with Matrack. If you are an existing client, the tracker is available to you on our platform on your chosen device. Others can access the information on our website here.

Effects Of COVID 19 On The Trucking Industry

Story at a Glance

  • The positive effect of Corona virus
  • The negative effect of Corona virus
  • New business opportunities in the trucking industry
  • Matrack for fleet companies

When the pandemic hit, no one raised their hopes on the luxury airlines or means to satisfy a fancy living. Instead everyone banked on the trucking industry for transportation and deliveries of their daily essentials and basic needs. A big shout-out to all you fleet owners and truck drivers, this is how important you are!

The pandemic has imposed an array of restrictions across the United States. However, there is no way you can bring the transport industry to a halt. Be it transport of goods or people (for essential purposes), the fleet industry of transportation holds remarkable importance even in the novel Corona virus situation.

The trucking industry is a link between the goods and consumers. If it was not for transport, there is no way the goods would ever reach the end consumer. While the Novel Corona virus has managed a pause in every second sector of the U.S economy, the trucking sector is more or less untouched. After all the negative effects brought about by COVID 19, the trucking industry still remains blessed with a few positives amid the pandemic.

Here’s what’s happening in the trucking industry since the pandemic hit the U.S;

The Positives of the Pandemic on the Trucking Industry

  • The closing of many sectors, temporarily or permanently, has led to a lot of layoffs in the U.S.  This made a lot of U.S. employees ponder upon making a career switch and choose truck driving as a career instead
  • The trucking industry saw an upsurge in freight as grocery stores found an urgent need to restock food and other staples depleted by panic buying
  • The employment in the trucking industry has been more or less intact ad fleets have not had to layoff drivers due to high demand of transport
  • While the pandemic imposed a lot of restrictions on businesses, the FMCSA expanded the exemptions for fleet companies and large carriers
  • 3.5 million Professional truckers across the U.S continue to work to keep stores and businesses stocked. This means that the trucking industry is still rich with employment in these crises
  • Truck drivers are the new heroes and are regarded as none less than the doctors and nurses in front line during the pandemic
  • When thousands of Americans have already lost their jobs because of coronavirus closures, truck drivers have gained job security and due respect
  • While the demand in almost every other sector begins to decline, the demand in the trucking industry continues to rise
  • A driving school in San Antonio has reported a rise in new students wanting to make a career in truck driving. “While there’s unemployment and layoffs rising, trucks are still moving. We can’t deny that trucks are involved in moving the goods needed in a pandemic every day,” Brad Ball, the President of Roadmaster in San Antonio quoted
  • Texas on the other hand has reported a surge in people seeking trucking license

Amid the crisis, there are ample truck stops that have taken extra measures to serve truck drivers as they transport good across the country. However, it is important that our front line heroes take appropriate safety measures keep themselves from contracting Corona virus and stopping the spread of the virus too.

The Temporary Negatives of COVID 19 on the Trucking Industry

Although COVID 19 has brought about a positive outcome in the trucking industry, the negative impact cannot be overlooked. There are plenty of drawbacks that the crisis has cast not only over the United States but also globally. Enlisted below are factors that contribute to slowing the trucking industry.

  • As many new students are willing to take to the roads, gaining training assistance for the same is close to impossible due to the “social distancing” rule for safety against COVID 19
  • 27 states in the U.S have shut down their DMVs due to the coronavirus. License permit for new drivers are critical for the same reasons
  • The pandemic has put excessive pressure on the trucking industry which carries 71 % of all freight across the country
  • Although the trucking industry faced ample pressurization at the beginning of the pandemic, the transport sector has seen a decline in demand of goods on the whole
  • The decline in demand has also led to delayed or empty return trips for truck drivers
  • Fleets catering to non-essential goods have their businesses on a temporary hold
  • “The trucking industry — like the rest of the economy — has never seen such an abrupt deterioration. Grocery demand might still be higher than normal, but all other areas of freight are now sharply lower. The increase in online purchasing certainly does not come close to offsetting the loss of brick-and-mortar purchasing,” says Avery Vise, Vice President, trucking for FTR Transportation Intelligence.

The negatives brought about by the pandemic is however temporary. The decline in demand is sure to last only until the lockdown lifted.

A Business Opportunity for Truck Fleets

The pandemic has made it evident that the trucking sector is invincible to a crisis as they form the core of the supply chain. This industry was also once rendered recession-proof. What better than a recession proof sector can make good business? Truck fleet owners would agree!

While almost every other sector has come to rest, the trucking industry has been on a constant run hauling goods like basic essentials, medical equipment, groceries, staples, livestock, precursor raw materials and more. Most fleets have therefore had their businesses running amid the pandemic. This is indeed a big plus for fleet companies.

Albeit the pandemic, as the trucking industry keeps the show running, statistics have estimated 25,000 to 40,000 new truck drivers from taking to the roads in near future.

Predictions also state that a surge in the need for drivers would surface once the pandemic settles and restaurants open up.

As COVID 19 made new students enrol for truck driving license, it sure must have had wise businessmen consider spreading their roots in to the truck fleet sector for transportation. A fleet business would nevertheless be a wise move.

Matrack for Fleets

Matrack takes pride in providing unblemished service gps tracking trucking services to our fleet heroes in the time of crises. It is obvious that our customers are facing the harsh brunt that COVID 19 has thrown their way but also commendable at how they have emerged with utmost bravery on the front line to serve the nation during this tough situation.

Corona virus has affected the trucking industry majorly both negatively and positively. Most companies now are faced with hampered csa trucking company scores. However, the pandemic has also rendered as an opportunity for fleets to emerge as a trending business to meet the current and future demand in the U.S. Owning a trucking company could sure be an option now.

If you are considering a fleet setup, Matrack can assist you in setting up your fleet business with ELDs, gps tracking for trucking and more.

Matrack is more than happy to provide full assistance to its customers and will leave no stone unturned while providing unprecedented service amid this crisis. By choosing us you’ve undoubtedly chosen the best and we will deliver on our word.” Says Cam Smith, VP at Matrackinc