NAS Releases CSA Study
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) was tasked by Congress in the FAST Act, to conduct a thorough comprehensive examination of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) initiative. This study was commissioned because of concerns from motor carriers, shippers and brokers about the validity of the system, and the impacts of the scores on third-parties.
In summary, the NAS found that the CSA and Safety Measurement System (SMS) is:
Structured in a reasonable way, and its method of identifying motor carriers for alert status is defensible. However, much of what is now done is ad hoc and based on subject-matter expertise that has not been sufficiently empirically validated. This argues for FMCSA adopting a more statistically principled approach that can include the expert opinion that is implicit in SMS in a natural way.
TIA participated and provided testimony during one of the NAS public meetings, where we advocated on behalf of the third-party logistics industry to keep the data from being displayed on public view, and outlined the liability concerns of having the scores publicly available.
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TIA Presents Leadership Awards
The lead legislative sponsors on the Transportation & Logistics Hiring Reform Act recognized by the third-party logistics industry.
TIA awarded both Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Congressman John Duncan (R-TN/2nd) the 2017 TIA 3PL Congressional Leadership Award.
Senator Fischer and Congressman Duncan have been the champions for the industry and lead sponsors on the Transportation & Logistics Hiring Reform Act, which would create a national hiring standard that would simplify and ensure a Federal standard for the hiring of safe motor carriers. The legislation would enhance interstate commerce and promote safety within the transportation marketplace.
Senator Fischer and Congressman Duncan both understand the importance of moving this important legislative measure to the President’s desk because industry stakeholders currently are too often asked to second-guess the FMCSA in determining which carriers are safe to operate. There is not currently any federal standard for duty of care to ensure the selection of motor carriers that meet the necessary minimum requirements to operate on our nation’s highways.