FMCSA Withdraws SFD Rulemaking from Consideration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in the Federal Register its notice of withdrawal of the January 21, 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on Motor Carriers Safety Fitness Determination (SFD). The SFD would have revised the methodology for issuance of a safety fitness determination for motor carriers. The new methodology would have determined when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in or affecting interstate commerce based on the carrier’s on-road safety data; an investigation; or a combination of on-road safety data and investigation information.

The Agency announces through this notice in the Federal Register that it awaits the results of the National Academy of Sciences correlation study, as required by the FAST Act, based on that report the Agency will assess whether, and, if so, what corrective actions are advisable, and complete additional analysis before determining whether further rulemaking action is necessary to revise the SFD process.

TIA has been a supporter of the SFD rulemaking because it cleared up how safety ratings for motor carriers are presented to the public, and removed the confusion and liability traps that surround the four-tiered rating system. The entities that hire motor carriers, like 3PLs and shippers, need a clear-cut line to determine which carriers are safe to use and which carriers are not.