FMCSA Releases New Smartphone App Containing Safety Data On Commercial Truck and Bus Companies

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Image courtesy of KROMKRATHOG at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tractor trailer accident statistics show that the roads of the United States witness over 500,000 accidents each year. That’s why the FMCSA is always looking for ways make the roadways safer and reduce traffic fatalities. An estimated 85 percent of those killed in commercial vehicle collisions are drivers and/or passengers.

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released a new smartphone app that will make it easier to access safety performance information for interstate truck and bus companies.

According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox, he hopes by making safety information more easily accessible to both law enforcement personnel and the general public, America’s highways will become safer.

“Safety is our highest priority, so we are committed to using every resource available at our finger tips to ensure the safety of travelers,” he said.

The app is called “QCMobile,” which stands for “Query Central Mobile,” and is expected to be a particularly valuable tool for state and federal law enforcement personnel, as well as insurers, brokers, freight-forwarders, and others interested in reviewing the USDOT registration and safety performance information of motor carriers.

“FMCSA will continue to use all the tools, resources, and partnerships available to further strengthen commercial vehicle safety across the country,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.  “Aggressive safety enforcement, research, and technology development and deployment, combined with strong stakeholder participation, will continue to be directed toward removing unsafe trucks and buses from our roadways and protecting every traveler from needless harm.”

Law enforcement officers and commercial motor vehicle safety inspectors use customized software at the roadside to log-into national safety databases to obtain highly detailed safety information on all interstate truck and bus companies.

The new QCMobile app, which requires no log-in, immediately reveals whether the federal operating status of the carrier is authorized while helping to expedite an “inspect/pass” decision by a certified commercial vehicle safety inspector.

QCMobile retrieves data from a number of FMCSA sources and provides a clear summary of the results.  Law enforcement officers and safety inspectors then have the option of retrieving more detailed information on carriers covering their seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) that are a part of FMCSA’s cornerstone safety program, Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA).

The free QCMobile app is available for both Apple and Android devices. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play to download QCMobile.

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