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FMCSA withdraws proposed safety rating rule

Agency does not rule out future replacement of NPRM

Posted March 23, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is withdrawing its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), “Carrier Safety Fitness Determination,” published January 21, 2016. The NPRM would have eliminated the compliance review model to determine a motor carrier’s safety fitness determination, and replaced it with new methodology that incorporated a combination of investigation results and on-road safety data.

The decision to withdraw the NPRM is based on comments received from stakeholders and February 2017 correspondence to Secretary Chao, according to FMCSA. The agency is canceling its plans to develop a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that it announced on January 12, 2017.

If the agency decides in the future that changes need to be made to the safety rating process, FMCSA has indicated it would incorporate any appropriate recommendations from the National Academies of Science and comments received through the current NPRM in any future rulemaking.

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