FMCSA proposes plan to establish driver screening

| June 28, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a nine-year plan for identifying the riskiest drivers and addressing unsafe driver behavior.

The agency’s plan would strive to better identify unsafe drivers.

The current transportation appropriations act requires FMCSA to report to Congress on the Driver Fitness component of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

The agency’s report this month included possible steps to implement a driver Safety Fitness Determination. It would require completing other priorities and having dedicated resources, officials wrote.

During the first year, FMCSA would conduct a driver SFD feasibility study, including a severity weighting system for violations.

The next year, it would develop driver safety measurement methodology,  processes for identifying the riskiest drivers and possible interventions. Also that year, it would estimate the number of drivers who would be rated unfit and the potential safety benefits of the change.

During years three through five, FMCSA would test and refine the new Driver SFD methodology and related processes.

FMCSA would complete a notice-and-comment rulemaking to establish the Driver SFD methodology, enforcement and due process in the sixth year. It also would issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Agency officials would evaluate NPRM comments before issuing a Final Rule and final regulatory impact analyses during the seventh year. The FR compliance date would likely be no more than two years after publication of the rule.

In the eighth year, FMCSA would train governmental officials regarding the Driver SFD program and provide educational materials to the public. During the ninth year, the agency would fully implement the program.


  • EF McHenry

    I’m just wondering when what I been say over and over is going to finally start registering with people!! All recent changes in regulation have had one primary target, the driver! Here we have yet another proposed attack! Those of you out there who can’t see this are delluded!



    In the name of safety you can justify ANYTHING!!

  • No Reform

    No extra PAY for the driver..just more Hoops to jump thru.
    What a complete rip off..they act like WE are in the Military and are THEIR personal Property..OWNED by the Government??? They have Butt In so far s to nationalize the trucking business…this is NOT free enterprize capitalism…it is a Federally Owned and Manadated/ Regulated like a Utility. Completely Outrageous…….

  • No Reform

    They will probably try to make the driver/boy/coolie
    wear a Uniform soon..and special shoes that must be Polished…and the driver will stand INSPECTION for his well as all the other crap..sad to say we actually NEED this Monitoring..drivers look so Shabby today it is a comedy…Butt Cleaveage is trucker fashion today!

  • 66er

    Abolish the DOT! Waste of tax payer dollars, next they will be stopping you for for a blood sample.

  • EF McHenry

    Agreed! You are 100% correct this is not “free market”/”laissez faire” capitalism…

  • Robin

    at some point they’ll be setting the bar so high that nobody would be qualified to drive a truck. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.