Trade groups ask Chao to rescind proposed safety rating rule

Group cites continued concerns over integrity of CSA’s data

Posted February 24, 2017

In a letter addressed to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, multiple national, state, and regional trade associations ask for the immediate rescinding of a proposed rule to change the safety rating process. The letter also calls for a reform of the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Safety Measurement System (SMS) process.

The current safety rating process uses the results of a comprehensive investigation (i.e., compliance review or audit) to place a carrier into one of three categories: Satisfactory, Conditional, or Unsatisfactory. The proposed rulemaking, “Carrier Safety Fitness Determination,” uses on-road safety data, results of carrier investigations, or a combination to arrive at a safety fitness determination. The rulemaking would do away with the three-tier rating system and replace it with a simple pass/fail. A carrier that does not pass is given an Unfit Status.

The associations, which represent both property and passenger carriers, believe CSA’s SMS is based on flawed data and should not be the basis for a new safety rating concept. They are asking Chao to reform the CSA program as mandated by Congress.

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