In adherence to the congressional resolution on creation of alternative compliance measures for federal truck and bus drivers headed and regulated by the Transport Research Subcommittee of professionals, the sub-committee considers the introduction of an incentive for drivers who exceeds driver’s regulatory requirements by effectively adhering to safety and road regulations.
The findings of the group showed a need for a better observation of safety cultures and practices by drivers and were subjected to intellectual discussions at the TRB 2017 annual meeting to determine the best practicable steps to achieve “Beyond Compliance" which is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goal aimed at gaining a better working experience for drivers.
The discussion yielded sustainable suggestions such as the adequate usage of data fleet to reduce crashes by effectively monitoring lane departures by carriers because most large and middle-sized carrier companies don't employ the use of necessary data collation technology or do not analyze the data collected.
One of the most promising suggestions indicated a better use of data fleets for the collection of needful information that will help monitor safety systems such as lane departure and crash avoidance deployed by carriers.
Brenda Lantz, the subcommittee chairman and associate director of the upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University asked: "do they actually assure safety outcome, do we even know that they are turned on, are they actually used for other purposes, are they on all of the truck in the fleet?”
The FMCSA committee is working on adopting sustainable measures to promote the use of voluntary technologies and best operational methods to ensure more compliance by the parties involved. One of their prepositions is that each carrier will have a CSA score that shows in the BCS category amongst others investigations such as safety trends, crash prediction models and truck platooning.