FMCSA wants to study driver risk factors

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In a notice of new information collection, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced its plan to study commercial motor vehicle driver risk factors that will aid the agency in developing future safety initiatives.

The purpose of the study would be to identify, verify, quantify and prioritize such personal risk factors as demographic characteristics, medical conditions, personality traits and performance capabilities. Risk factors also may include work environment conditions, such as carrier operations type, and compensation methods.

The study would link the characteristics of individual drivers with their driving histories, especially the presence or absence of crashes or inspection violations.