The public comment period for the DOT’s study on the feasibility and potential impact of implementing crash weighting or “crash accountability” into FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program has been extended 30 days, the agency announced Feb. 18. The new comment deadline is March 25.
FMCSA issued the report Jan. 27, in which it concluded that crash accountability in CSA would not affect percentile rankings and would be too complicated to do.
Industry groups argued otherwise, however, arguing that any information used to judge or rank carriers should be accurate and complete.
“We want to be fairly judged and not be penalized by crashes our professional drivers could not reasonably avoid,” said ATA Chairman Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, Raleigh, N.C. “It’s not only a fairness issue; it’s a good government oversight approach. We continue to trust FMCSA might eventually arrive at this conclusion.”