U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., sent a letter Monday to the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Transportation asking for language in the Department of Transportation funding bill for 2016 that would positively affect small-business truckers. Barletta’s language would prohibit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from finalizing a regulation that would increase insurance requirements for trucking operations.
In his letter, Barletta states that the FMCSA “has not made a compelling case that the current requirements are inadequate.” He also says the agency has made no correlation between insurance limits and safety and has failed to consider the economic impact of potentially significant increases.
Barletta also filed HR 1371, the Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015, on the same day. This legislation would reform the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and remove rankings and safety measurement system data from public view.
Since its inception in 2010, the FMCSA’s CSA system has been criticized for not taking crash fault into consideration and for being unfairly punitive toward small-business trucking operations.
Barletta’s bill calls for a major overhaul of CSA and for the program to use only data that is determined to be predictive of motor carrier crashes in its scoring system.
Bill would reform CSA: remove data from public view
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