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SFD Proposal Fails to Deliver


Vigillo’s Steve Bryan comments on FMCSA’s recent Safety Fitness Determination proposal


By Steve Bryan Guest Writer


Editor’s note: the author was a presenter at ATA’s recent Annual Business Conference in Little Rock. This article is largely a written narrative of his presentation.


In December 2010, after two


years of testing in selected pilot states, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began using the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program as its new tool for identifying unsafe motor carriers. It also made public a motor carrier’s CSA scores – a percentile view of how well the carrier “performed” against others of similar characteristics. CSA was designed to be a data-


driven system enabling law enforcement to more precisely identify motor car- riers who present a higher crash risk, and then prioritize them for height- ened scrutiny. With approximately 1,100 FMCSA employees and 15,000 contracted law enforcement person- nel tasked with regulatory oversight of over 500,000 motor carriers, CSA was intended to focus those limited resourc- es where the greatest safety impact could be realized. While the strategy of CSA was


noble, and initially had the support of a broad swath of the trucking industry, the execution left much to be desired among many of those early supporters. Concerns were raised, early and


often, regarding CSA’s accuracy in indi-  ARKANSAS TRUCKING REPORT | Issue 3 2016 33 Steve Bryan speaks at the ATA Annual Conference


PHOTO: Jon D. Kennedy


SOME MIGHT HAVE ASSUMED THAT FMCSA WOULD HOLD OFF ON ISSUING THE PROPOSED SFD RULE UNTIL THOSE DEFECTS WERE ADDRESSED. THOSE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG.


—STEVE BRYAN, CEO OF VIGILLO


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