DOT Truck Census
|Source||U.S. Department of Transportation|
|File Size||1.81 GB|
|Dates Covered||Current as of Sept. 2008|
The Truck Census database contains safety ratings and accident ratings, but that information has not been updated on a consistent basis for all carriers. The DOT is phasing in a new safety review program called SafeStat. It replaces the old system that used “satisfactory,” “conditional” or “unsatisfactory” ratings with a four-part statistical analysis based on data about drivers, vehicles, safety management and accidents. In 2002, several fields related to SafeStat were added to the Census1 table, but the data is not available for all carriers. Contact the SafeStat program directly to find out if additional SafeStat records exist for carriers identified in this data. (For program details and online carrier reports, see http://ai.volpe.dot.gov/mcspa.asp).
A word of caution when joining this data: If you do try to join the two, beware of incomplete census numbering by the Accidents database. Over half of the Truck Accidents file contains multiple carriers with census numbers that have all zeros, which is obviously incorrect. There are also errors in the existing DOT census numbers. Accidental duplication of numbers, omitted numbers and other errors do occur. If it seems that the name of the carrier in one database is not consistent with a name in a joined table, you will need to verify information on a case by case basis.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Main documentation (readme08.doc)||33.0 KB|
|Data sample (census08.xls)||267.2 KB|
|Record layout (Layout08.xls)||45.0 KB|
- Hammer Down: Trucking’s Poor Safety
This Winston-Salem Journal series examines the safety records of the trucking industry in North Carolina. Extensive problems, gaps in regulations and relaxed enforcement caused serious issues. Most of the state’s trucking companies have “unsatisfactory” safety ratings from federal inspectors. Also found the number of roadside inspections by Division of Motor Vehicles has dropped; rare check-ups; minimum regulation.
- Truck Stop
“A six-month Dateline investigation revealed an extraordinary number of eighteen wheelers driving the nation’s highways with serious defects. We searched accident and inspection records of trucking companies throughout the country and spent several days at truck inspection stations and found forty percent of big rigs were so dangerous they were ordered off the road. Incredibly, the main defect we found was brake problems.”
- Deadly Trucks
The News-Journal investigates increasing truck fatalities in Florida. The investigation found that average truck weights are increasing, Florida’s weight limits are some of the most lenient in the country and the Florida Trucking Association gave $163,200 to legislative candidates between 1996 and 2000, lobbying vigorously against strengthening weight and safety laws.
- State Truckers Scandal: Licenses for Sale
WLS-TV began it’s investigation by looking at a truck vs. van accident in which 6 children were killed and the truck driver obtained his Illinois commercial driver’s license under “unusual” circumstances. WLS-TV learned that truck driver’s licenses in Illinois were routinely and illegally being sold by Secretary of State employees to unqualified, untrained drivers.
- Pot Truck
KGTV-TV investigated the case of two Mexican citizens sentenced to five years in a Mexican prison for drug trafficking after they bought a truck from the U.S. Customs auction hall that still had old Marijuana hidden inside. The KGTV-TV investigation revealed U.S. Customs did not perform a thorough search of the truck before selling it at the auction. The investigation helped overturn the Mexicans’ conviction and freed them from prison.