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FMCSA announces next step in its proposed safety rating process

Agency will take into consideration stakeholder comments and NAS study on CSA

Posted January 17, 2017

A Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) is the next step in the rulemaking process to revise the current motor carrier safety rating process, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) stated.

It’s been a year since the agency published its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to replace its compliance review model. FMCSA proposes a new Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) methodology that aligns with its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The NPRM public comment period ended June 23, 2016.

A SNPRM will allow the agency to take into consideration — and possibly incorporate — comments it has received on the NPRM. In addition, FMCSA wishes to address any recommendations that result from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study on the CSA program.

More information will be made available on the agency’s projected rulemaking schedule when it releases its monthly Report on DOT Significant Rulemakings.

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