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July 26, 2017 12:30 PM, EDT

FMCSA to Host Meeting on CSA Corrective Plan in September, Sources Say

Daphne Jefferson FMCSA FMCSA acting Administrator Daphne Jefferson/Bloomberg News

A public meeting on a congressionally mandated plan federal trucking regulators must complete this year about a safety performance scoring program will be held in September, officials with insight into the matter told Transport Topics.

The public meeting would offer a venue for stakeholders and the industry to share their thoughts with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It will be held in Washington, D.C., but the agency has yet to announce a specific date.

FMCSA has nearly four months to finish its corrective plan for the Compliance, Safety, Accountability performance scoring program.

CSA was the focus of a National Academy of Sciences study, which proposed adopting an “item response theory” for gathering and computing safety data from carriers’ performance on the roadways. The authors of the study will help the agency adopt the proposed methodology outlined in the corrective plan, FMCSA acting Administrator Daphne Jefferson told lawmakers July 18.

“One of the recommendations was that the 899 potential violations, we review those and focus on the ones that have the greatest correlation to safety, so we will be taking a look at that,” Jefferson said at a House transportation committee hearing. “We’re working now to figure out how to conduct a public meeting before the 120-day deadline for submitting the corrective plan.”

The plan is required by the 2015 FAST Act highway law, and it would need to be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Transportation inspector general.