Agency to publish rule to strengthen ability to shut down carriers with ‘pattern’ of unsafety

| January 17, 2014

Mirror and trucks at inspection stationThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register next week that will allow it to suspend or revoke the authority of motor carriers who have been found to have a pattern of “egregious disregard” for federal safety rules, rather than relying on results of compliance reviews alone. 

The agency said in an announcement today this will help “target high-risk carriers that endanger travelers by avoiding or covering up their negative history of safety compliance.” 

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The authority for the rule change was granted by both of the most recent highway reauthorization acts, including the MAP-21 law passed in July 2012. 

The Federal Register entry will be published next week, per the agency’s announcement. 

According to the entry, if FMCSA determines a carrier “engages or has engaged in a pattern or practice of avoiding regulatory compliance or masking noncompliance,” it would be able to shut the carrier down based on the agency’s determination, rather than solely on a carrier’s safety fitness rating. 

More details will be published next week when the rule is published in the Federal Register.

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