December 14, 2015

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST)

The new Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) was signed into law last Friday, December 4, 2015. The bill will fund $305 billion worth of programs and construction over the next five years.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) initiative will see major reforms in both the language and provisions in removing information regarding analysis of violations, circumstances of some crashes, alerts and other BASIC information from public view until corrective action is taken.

Over the next 18 months, the National Research Council of National academics will be looking at these key features of the CSA initiative. This includes but is not limited to: accuracy of the BASICs, methodology used to calculate percentiles, data gaps, percentiles for motor carriers, rates of safety violations, alternatives to SMS, and recommendations by the Comptroller General of the Unites States, the Inspector General of DOT and an independent review team.

In addition, the FAST Act requires the FMCSA to begin implementation within CSA compliance that gives recognition with credit or an improved SMS percentile for a motor carrier that:

  • Installs advanced safety equipment;
  • Uses enhanced driver fitness measures;
  • Adopts fleet safety management tools, technologies, and programs; or
  • Satisfies other standards determined appropriate by the Administrator

Lastly, the FAST Act requires that the FMCSA examine and develop a plan of action for how preventable crashes will be treated under the new SMS within one year of the certification CSA improvement completion.

Stay tuned for further implementation and compliance dates for new rules within the FAST Act.

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