Regulatory and Legislative Update-November 2018

In extensive comments filed with FMCSA, the Motor Carrier Regulatory Reform (MCRR) coalition argued that the agency’s decision to pursue a complex Item Response Theory (IRT) model – aside from being problematic in its own right – ignores the Congressional mandate to respond to a series of questions concerning the efficacy of the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA). The coalition was one of a few parties to submit formal comments in the docket, although parties have participated in several narrowly-focused listening sessions since FMCSA submitted a brief plan to Congress this summer. (For a summary of FMCSA’s plan, see the August 2018 Regulatory Update.)