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Table 5-5. Commercial Motor Carrier Compliance Review Activity by Safety Rating: 2000-2010

The safety fitness of motor carriers has improved markedly over the past few years. In 2010, the share of motor carriers rated satisfactory was nearly 68 percent, up from 51 percent in 2000.

Table in Excel format | Historical data

Safety rating 2000 2009 2010
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Satisfactory 5,309 51.1 (R) 6,916 (R) 68.5 6,046 67.6
Conditional 3,354 32.3 (R) 2,731 (R) 27.1 2,506 28.0
Unsatisfactory 1,481 14.3 (R) 293 (R) 2.9 198 2.2
Not rated 245 2.4 152 1.5 190 2.1
Total 10,389 100.0 (R) 10,092 100.0 8,940 100.0

Key: R = revised.


A compliance review is an on-site examination of a motor carrier's records and operations to determine whether the carrier meets the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's safety fitness standard. This entails having adequate safety management controls in place to ensure acceptable compliance with applicable safety requirements to reduce the risk associated with: alcohol and controlled substance testing violations; commercial driver's license standard violations; inadequate levels of financial responsibility; the use of unqualified drivers; improper use and driving of motor vehicles; unsafe vehicles operating on the highways; failure to maintain crash registers and copies of crash reports; the use of fatigued drivers; inadequate inspection, repair, and maintenance of vehicles; transportation of hazardous materials; driving and parking rule violations; violation of hazardous materials regulations; and motor vehicle crashes and hazardous materials incidents. Percents may not add to totals due to rounding. Numbers and percents may not add to totals due to rounding.


U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), Compliance Review Activity by Safety Rating for Calendar Years, available at as of August 28, 2011.


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