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New “Beyond Compliance” Bill To Credit Carriers

New “Beyond Compliance” Bill To Credit Carriers

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The FAST Act highway bill that was signed on Dec 4th includes a potential addition named “Beyond Compliance”. Additional details can be found in this section such as requirements by Congress for FMSCA to build a stimulatory system to credit carriers who invest into the safety of their operations. Congress gave FMSCA 18 months to address these requirements.

The following actions are proposed as the ones carriers should be credited for:

 

Advanced safety equipment installation

Using various safety tools, such as safety management programs and technologies

Driver fitness measures

Other actions that satisfy standards by the Administrator that are not specified yet

 

The idea is not exactly new. In April 2015 FMCSA was looking for the comments on the initiative to encourage carriers to go beyond safety regulations. They have discussed crediting them for measures like installing collision mitigation systems, E-logs and speed limiters. Other proposed measures are different kinds of training for drivers and compensation models like stimulatory programs.

It was also proposed that a third party should administer the program but it is up for the agency to decide.

 

There are some challenges that the implementation can meet. For instance, it could become just a way to reward some carriers for what they already do anyway. Also only larger fleets usually get the technologies that have been mentioned above as it is a big investment.

 

The American Trucking Association recognizes these challenges but approves the new approach that uses not enforcement but encouraging as means to keep the roads safer.

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I am all for encouraging as a means to keep the roads safer although we still also need to enforce some things. Most people will react to encouragements and try to do better and stay within the rules, yet there are still those that want to get ahead in any way possible.

  2. Hmmm, I think this is a good start. We need to make moves towards a safer driving future, and even if these are baby steps, they are in the right direction. I think both encouragement and enforcement are important.

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