Motor carriers, truck drivers, shippers and freight brokers will have more time to comment on proposed changes to the Compliance, Accountability, Safety or CSA program.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extended the comment period for changes to the CSA Safety Measurement System by 60 days, through July 30.
The FMCSA issued a notice in the March 27 Federal Register stating it plans to improve its SMS, to better identify biases in data collection and creates scores.
The American Trucking Associations and shipper and broker groups brokers are highly critical of the SMS, the system FMCSA plans to use to rate trucking companies.
The system uses real-time information from states to assign carriers scores in seven categories. Those scores help FMCSA identify carriers with safety problems.
However, the system pushes up carrier scores following an accident even if the carrier was not at fault, one of several issues truckers have with the program.
In statements released last week, ATA executives called the FMCSA “increasingly unresponsive” to freight industry concerns about the SMS methodology.
The ATA asked members of Congress to mandate changes to CSA in the next surface transportation bill.
The agency said Friday it will conduct further outreach to carriers “to encourage them to review how proposed enhancements will affect their SMS score.”