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Letter to Representative Petri regarding the Motor Carrier Safety Status Measurement System (SafeStat)

On June 19, we issued correspondence to Representative Thomas Petri regarding the quality of the underlying data used by SafeStat. Our review, conducted at Representative Petri's request, found that, although improvements have been made, problems still exist with the reporting of crash data to FMCSA. While states are reporting more commercial motor vehicle crashes to FMCSA, we found anomalies that caused us to question the completeness of the non-fatal crash reporting. We recommended that FMCSA implement a new, more reliable estimate that would allow evaluation of non-fatal crash reporting, both nationally and state-by-state, before the Department makes all SafeStat scores available to the public. FMCSA expects the estimate to be in place by October 2007.