FMCSA to hold listening sessions on crediting carriers for going beyond compliance

Agency seeking comments on recognition development process

Posted March 18, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces two public listening sessions, on April 1 and 25, 2016, to solicit information on the potential benefits and feasibility of voluntary compliance and ways to credit carriers and drivers who initiate and establish programs that promote safety beyond the standards established in FMCSA regulations.

The recently enacted Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act mandates that the FMCSA Administrator allow recognition for a motor carrier that installs advanced safety equipment, enhanced driver fitness measures, fleet safety management tools, technologies, and programs and other standards for use by motor carriers to receive recognition, including credit or an improved Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentile.

FMCSA is soliciting comments to develop a process for identifying and reviewing these opportunities to provide credit to those carriers and drivers who go above and beyond the regulatory requirements. The listening sessions are intended to provide interested parties with an opportunity to share their views on this topic with Agency representatives, along with any data or analysis they may have. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the docket for FMCSA's consideration. The entire proceedings of both meetings will be webcast.

The listening sessions will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon and 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., Local Time, and on Monday, April 25, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Local Time. If all interested parties have had the opportunity to comment, the sessions may conclude early.

FMCSA will post specific information on how to participate via the Internet on the FMCSA website in advance of the listening session.

Comments may be submitted identified by Docket Number FMCSA–2015–0124 to the Federal eRulemaking Portal.


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