Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Withdraws Controversial Safety Fitness Determination Rule

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Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-838-2929, Email: jryder@uma.org

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UMA Calls Regulatory Victory a Win for Common-Sense Safety Reform

Alexandria, VA – The nation’s motorcoach operators scored a key regulatory victory this week with the announced withdrawal of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Carrier Safety Fitness Determination (SFD). The United Motorcoach Association prioritized this issue throughout 2016 and made it one of the centerpiece issues of last year’s Capitol Hill lobbying day for members, holding more than 400 meetings with federal legislators last April.

UMA not only filed vigorous comments with the agency against the flawed proposal, but UMA’s lobbying efforts resulted in a provision being inserted in the FY ’17 Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill prohibiting the proposal from being finalized.  That bill is still pending.  Most recently, UMA led a multi-industry coalition that sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging the proposal to be withdrawn.   That letter, signed by 62 national, state and regional passenger and property carrier associations, was cited as one of the reasons for the withdrawal, in addition to the comments filed in the docket.    

The proposed rule represented FMCSA’s attempt to change the bus and motorcoach operator rating system without first fixing the data upon which this system is based. In the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Systems (FAST Act) enacted by Congress in December of 2015, Congress, at the request of UMA and several other affected industries,  directed that the agency implement significant reforms to the  Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA)/Safety Measurement System (SMS)  programs.    The first step in that reform process was a National Academy of Sciences study which is still underway.  In January of 2016, FMCSA proceeded to move forward with a proposal for a new safety fitness determination system built on the flawed CSA system that Congress had just directed them to overhaul.   

“This regulatory win is a victory for the common-sense safety reform that our nation needs,” said Dale Krapf, Chairman of UMA and Krapf’s Coaches. “UMA thanks Secretary Chao and many Members of Congress who have helped us on this issue. UMA gives special thanks to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, (R-FL), Chair of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee; Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA); Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH); House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE).  These legislators have been stalwarts for us for many years on reforming the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) program in the FAST Act and helping UMA fight this ill-advised and premature rulemaking. “  

 

About the United Motorcoach Association

The United Motor Coach Association is the nation’s largest organization exclusively protecting and promoting the interests and welfare of privately owned bus and motorcoach companies. Members include motorcoach owners and industry suppliers. UMA’s website is www.uma.org.

The Association enjoys the support of more than 1000 members located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. UMA Motorcoach EXPO annually attracts nearly 2,000 industry professionals and vendors to its event. The 2018 Expo will take place in San Antonio, TX, January 6-10. Pre-registration and show floor bookings are taking place currently. More information is available at  www.motorcoachexpo.com.

 

 

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