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July 28, 2017 3:00 PM, EDT

FMCSA to Host Sept. 8 Stakeholders Meeting on CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a public meeting on Sept. 8 where industry stakeholders will be able to share their views for improving a safety performance scoring program for carriers, an official at the agency told Transport Topics.

The meeting will be held in Arlington, Va., and FMCSA officials will collect input from trucking executives stakeholders, and observers in attendance. A notice with details about the event will be posted in the Federal Register 30 days prior to the meeting.

The agency has nearly four months to prepare a final corrective plan for the Compliance, Safety, Accountability performance scoring program, which was recently the focus of a National Academy of Sciences study.

The study’s authors proposed FMCSA adopt an “item response theory” for gathering and computing safety data from carriers’ performance on the roadways. As the agency adopts the proposed methodology, regulators also will gather input from the industry, Acting FMCSA Administrator Daphne Jefferson told lawmakers this month.

“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 Highways and Transit Subcommittee hearing July 18.

The 2015’s FAST Act highway law required the CSA review and adoption of an improvement plan. The final plan must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General and Congress.