Henry Seaton expects a decision in the next six months -- meanwhile, two reports from House committees on the CSA SMS are expected before the end of the year.
With the Unified Registration System at final rule status and in implementation phase, some watchers see a future powerful tool for FMCSA in its efforts to target noncompliant carriers.
A small fleet owner on CSA: "We lost our triangle, and it is incredible how much difference it has made. Many of our old customers ... called as soon as we lost the triangle."
The suit brought by the Alliance for Safe and Efficient Truck Transportation (ASECTT), filed last year in federal district court in Washington, D.C., will see first oral arguments made Sept. 10.
In the two years since CSA's advent, the smallest carriers have had a much greater chance of getting inspected and put out of service than drivers and trucks of the largest carriers.
A group of carriers, brokers and other trucking stakeholders filed written arguments in its case against FMCSA alleging agency overreach with its May CSA guidance.
A suit against the FMCSA's CSA program brought by the ASECTT group alleged unfairness to small carriers within FMCSA's compliance and enforcement regime.
Trucking group disputes FMCSA's statistical correlation between the Unsafe Driving and Fatigued Driving BASICs and actual crash rates.
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