FMCSA extends response period for safety fitness proposal into the spring

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 18, 2016 10:49:19 AM

As a whole, the logistics and distribution industry is eagerly awaiting the final form of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Safety Fitness Determination rule. And the latest news is that you’re going to have to wait a little while longer before any final decision is reached. The original notice of proposed rulemaking was issued January 21 and, at the time, called for a 60-comment period. That would have brought the comment period to a close at the end of this month.

That deadline is no longer relevant, however, as the FMCSA announced it had adjusted course and extended the comment period to May 23 for initial comments and June 23 for any reply comments. The extension provides more time for analysis of the proposal and will be welcomed by the numerous transportation and trucking groups that petitioned the FMCSA in early February for the extension.

Much of the discussion and opposition centers on the proposed rule for use of integrated road safety data. This data would be acquired through inspections, crash reports and carrier inspections, and it would be used to update the safety data and evaluate the overall safety fitness of a motor carrier. Critics of the proposal include members of Congress and trucking organizations, among others. In their rebuttal of the proposal they have openly questioned the rule’s legitimacy, particularly as it pertains to the highway bill provision prohibiting the FMCSA from sharing such scores with the public. The FMCSA maintains that the proposal does not violate existing bylaws. You can learn more about the proposal and how to submit your own comments on the issue by visiting

We'd love to hear from you. Do you think this extension is important? [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]


Tags: Careers & Culture

Choptank Transport Market ReportMarket Report Jul/Aug 2018


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris.  The iconic picture of these two looking at the Ferrari careening down the hill might describe the shock you are feeling as the market pivoted sharply this past month.  Of course, it depends on which side you are on as to whether you have a smile or a frown!  Just as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” enjoys a resurgence after 30 years we are reminded, once again, of how things are cyclical and we should be anything but shocked by the market’s volatility.  

Here is a brief market overview and report on all the factors driving the current market, our expectations for where it’s headed, and most importantly, how to manage this market and come out on top!   

Read More

Recent Posts

Subscribe to Email Updates