FMCSA's safety rating revamp: Truckers caution against use of CSA SMS, roadside data

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Updated Jul 15, 2024

This week's Overdrive Radio episode opens a window onto the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's virtual listening session held last week to discuss the agency’s efforts to potentially improve the safety rating system. That system, used by the agency during compliance reviews to determine carriers’ fitness to operate in interstate commerce, was the subject of a virtual listening session last week. Sit in on much of the session in this podcast, featuring a bevy of views from trucking stakeholders in response to chief areas of inquiry agency reps outlined near the top of the session: 

[Related: Another reason to fight traffic tickets: Convictions can now impact independents' safety ratings]

Regular Overdrive readers will certainly know the effort around the potential safety rating change has been a long time in coming. Since the CSA Safety Measurement System came into play a decade and a half ago, it's as if it's always been on the FMCSA's wish list to use roadside data, possibly even the SMS itself, to determine a safety rating.

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