FMCSA has scheduled public listening sessions April 1 and April 25 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Spring 2016 Workshop in Chicago concerning the agency's "Beyond Compliance" initiative. The FAST Act requires that FMCSA allow recognition – including improved Safety Measurement System (SMS) percentiles – for motor carriers that install advanced safety equipment or adopt enhanced driver fitness measures or fleet safety management tools.
The listening session at MATS will run from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:15 to 3 p.m. Eastern. The CVSA session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Although the FAST Act mandates a program for giving carriers credit for going beyond compliance, FMCSA already was headed down that road, partially in response to a request from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance that the agency consider a voluntary compliance program. In April 2015, FMCSA requested public input on a "Beyond Compliance" program.
In addition, FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee has explored the question of voluntary compliance and crediting carriers for going beyond compliance and presented a report to the agency in September.
FMCSA has asked for information in specifically three areas:
What voluntary technologies or safety program best practices would be appropriate for beyond compliance
What type of incentives would encourage motor carriers to invest in technologies and best practices programs
How FMCSA would verify that the voluntary technologies or safety programs are being implemented.
For more information, click here for FMCSA’s March 16 Federal Register notice.