Safety Fitness Determination

Comments due Thursday for controversial Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule

The reply comment period for FMCSA's proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule ends Thursday. Since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in January, it has been met with opposition, not only from trucking industry groups, but also Congress.

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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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Owner-operators, industry groups weigh in on proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule

The resounding sentiment from most that submitted comments on the rule was that the FMCSA is getting ahead of itself by issuing the rulemaking before the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System has been reviewed and its problems worked out.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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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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