U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx testified on implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. During the hearing, he was asked how long it would take to do a revised analysis of a methodology that calculates safety performance scores for motor carriers. The scores were pulled from the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in early December 2015.
The FAST Act is a bipartisan five-year reauthorization of surface transportation agencies and programs signed into law on Dec. 4. Part of the FAST Act required the FMCSA to take down the safety scores and not put them back up until it ensured that the scores accurately reflect a carrier’s safety record. The next day the scores were pulled from public view.
The scoring system is called CSA, or Compliance, Safety, Accountability. Foxx says it’s going to be a while before the FMCSA will again start posting the safety scores of carriers online.
Responding to U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Foxx estimated it could take two years for CSA scores to go back up on the FMCSA website.
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