In a letter to US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, an American Trucking Associations-led coalition of transportation trade groups urged that the scores produced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability fleet monitoring system be removed from the agency’s website. The group cited recent government research that found the scores unreliable.
“Given the results of this research, we urge you to direct FMCSA to remove motor property and passenger carriers’ CSA Safety Measurement System scores from public view,” wrote ATA President Bill Graves and representatives of nine other industry groups. “Also, recognizing the merits of raising public awareness of fleets’ true safety performance in the future, we also call on you to direct FMCSA to make CSA improvements a high priority.”
Specifically, the letter cites research by the Government Accountability Office that found, with respect to most motor carriers, that “FMCSA lacks sufficient safety performance information to reliably compare them with other carriers. The report went on to say that the lack of data “creates the likelihood that many SMS scores do not represent an accurate or precise safety assessment for a carrier.”
“Given the many identified data sufficiency and reliability issues outlined by the Government Accountability Office, we urge you to direct FMCSA to remove carriers’ SMS scores from public view,” the letter concludes. “Doing so will not only spare motor carriers harm from erroneous scores, but will also reduce the possibility that the marketplace will drive business to potentially risky carriers that are erroneously being painted as more safe.”
Besides ATA, the letter was signed by representatives of the Truckload Carriers Association, National Private Truck Council, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, National Tank Truck Carriers, Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association, American Bus Association, American Moving and Storage Association, National School Transportation Association, and United Motorcoach Association.