Safety Fitness Determination

Trucking groups fire back at FMCSA over carrier rating rule, say it circumvents Congressional intent

An ad-hoc coalition of trucking organizations issued a letter Monday, April 11, to Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling disputing comments made by FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo last week. The groups reiterate their argument that the rule violates federal law, despite FMCSA's claims otherwise.

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Safety Fitness rule not a violation of FAST Act, FMCSA says in media briefing touting rule’s benefits

Joe DeLorenzo, head of enforcement and compliance for FMCSA, spoke briefly in a conference call with trucking industry media Thursday, April 7, touting both the rule’s ability to expand the agency’s ability to target unsafe carriers and addressing concerns about the rule’s relationship to the December-enacted FAST Act highway bill.

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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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White House clears rule to set up new FMCSA system to score, target carriers

Few details are known about what the rule entails. According to the agency’s regulatory summary, it would give FMCSA a new system to “determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.” It’s unclear whether recent Congressional action to remove CSA rankings from public view will impact the SFD rule, however.

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FMCSA sends carrier scoring rule to White House for approval, last stop before publication

FMCSA has — after eight years — sent to the White House for its stamp of approval a proposed rule to implement an absolute scoring system for carriers.

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Speed limiter mandate rule expected to see action soon, carrier scoring rule still months away

The DOT stuck with its projected June publication date of a Safety Fitness Determination rule in its latest rulemakings update, and it still expects to send a speed limiter mandate proposal to the White House for approval early next month.

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Trucking wins in restart fight, loses on insurance increase

Truck operators no doubt scored a victory this month when Congress voted to suspend the 2013-implemented changes to rules dictating the use of a 34-hour restart. But they lost elsewhere.

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FMCSA speeds work on raising carrier insurance minimums, slows on Safety Fitness scoring rule

The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount of liability insurance for carriers a higher priority, according to projected rule publication dates in a recent DOT report.

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Regulatory update: Speed limiters, insurance increase, carrier scoring rules still set for 2014

A DOT report issued June 13 indicates rules mandating the use of speed limiters in trucks, raising the minimum liability insurance for carriers and implementing a more complete and direct federal safety scoring system could still come in 2014.

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