WASHINGTON — It likely will take up to two years to post safety performance scores for trucks on a federal website, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told senators June 8. The scores were removed from public view upon enactment of a five-year highway law.
The scoring program, known as Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA), has been under review. Congress required regulators to overhaul the programs’ methodology under the FAST Act, which President Obama signed in December.
“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do revised analysis of this,” Foxx said during an exchange with Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). The secretary, testifying before the panel about the FAST Act’s implementation, estimated it could take “more like two years” for CSA scores to go back up on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
Parts of the trucking industry, led primarily by American Trucking Associations, have criticized CSA’s accuracy as a safety indicator.
A fiscal 2017 funding bill the House is likely to take up next week would stop FMCSA from advancing a safety fitness determination rule until CSA reforms are finalized.
Senators and House members this year called on trucking regulators to stop pursuing the safety fitness proposal until the reforms. The safety fitness determination proposal would use data from agency and roadside inspections and investigations for the purpose of evaluating monthly if a carrier is fit to operate.