DOT Audit Says FMCSA Data Collection Plan About Detention Is Insufficient

(Last Updated On: February 5, 2018)


A newly released Department of Transportation audit report finds that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s current plan to collect data on driver detention is insufficient to the point that any such data collected “may not accurately describe how the diverse trucking industry experiences driver detention, which would limit any further analysis of [detention’s] impacts.”

As a result of the audit, the DOT Office of Inspector General is calling for FMCSA to “collaborate with industry stakeholders to develop and implement a plan to collect and analyze reliable, accurate, and representative data on the frequency and severity of driver detention times.”

In an appendix to the DOT report, FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux contends that “given the limitations of current data sources identified by OIG, it would be premature to draw any empirical conclusions about the impact of driver detention times on crash rates or driver incomes at this time. Once sufficient, reliable, accurate, and representative data is collected, FMCSA will be in a better position to analyze and understand the potential implications of driver detention.”

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