Report: FMCSA wants to release driver safety data

| July 06, 2011

Making driver safety data and rankings public may be a bigger project than FMCSA and Congress will feel is worth the trouble, says Joe Rajkovacz, government affairs specialist with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

“I think the whole idea is going to be fraught with significant ‘due process’ issues for the agency,” he says. “Motor carriers have due process under the regulations – and use it to fight adverse safety fitness determinations. There are likely to be constitutional issues in play here since individuals arguably have more protected rights than a company.”

What’s known as “personally identifiable information,” Rajkovacz notes, is widely protected, including under the Driver Privacy Protection Act. Such information will be necessary in any public CSA driver ranking system. “There are a zillion Joe Smiths,” says Rajkovacz. “How are you sure you have the correct one without PII made available?”

Nearly two years since expiration of the last long-term highway funding law, Congressional transport and infrastructure committees were set to propose the next surface transportation reauthorization bill as early as the week of July 4.