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2 Intermodal Insights | February 2016
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration announced a rulemaking proposal designed to enhance its
ability to identify non-compliant motor
The Safety Fitness Determination
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,
published in the Federal Register on Jan.
21, would update FMCSA's safety fitness
rating methodology by integrating onroad safety data from inspections, along
with the results of carrier investigations
and crash reports, to determine a motor
carrier's overall safety fitness on a
"This update to our methodology
will help the agency focus on carriers
with a higher crash risk," said FMCSA
Acting Administrator Scott Darling.
"Carriers that we identify as unfit to
operate will be removed from our roadways until they improve."
The proposed SFD rule would
replace the current three-tier federal rating system of "satisfactory-conditional-
unsatisfactory" for federally regulated
commercial motor carriers with a single
determination of "unfit," which would
require the carrier to either improve its
operations or cease operations.
Once in place, the SFD rule will permit FMCSA to assess the safety fitness
of approximately 75,000 companies a
month. By comparison, the agency is
currently only able to investigate 15,000
motor carriers annually - with less than
half of those companies receiving a
The proposed methodology would
determine when a carrier is not fit to
operate commercial motor vehicles in or
affecting interstate commerce based on:
* the carrier's performance in
relation to a fixed failure threshold
established in the rule for five of the
agency's Behavior Analysis and Safety
Improvement Categories (BASICs);
investigation results; or
a combination of on-road safety data
and investigation information.
The proposed rule further incorporates rigorous data suﬃciency standards
and would require that a significant pattern of non-compliance be documented
in order for a carrier to fail a BASIC.
When assessing roadside inspection
data results, the proposal uses a minimum of 11 "inspections with violations"
in a single BASIC within a 24-month
period before a motor carrier could be
eligible to be identified as "unfit." If a
carrier's individual performance meets
or exceeds the failure standards in the
rule, it would then fail that BASIC. The
failure standard will be fixed by the rule.
A carrier's status in relation to that fixed
measure would not be affected by other
Failure of a BASIC based on either
crash data or compliance with drug and
alcohol requirements would only occur
following a comprehensive investigation.
Federal Update - continued on page 17
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - February 2016
Insights - February 2016
FMCSA Proposes Fitness Revisions
IANA Announces Expanded Sponsorship Package
IANA’s Chair Discusses Association’s 2016 Priorities
Container Weight Verification a 2016 Reality
Caution Urged on California Driver Reclassification
People in the News
Welcome New Members
Insights - February 2016