Safety rating resolves Swift litigation with FMCSA

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Swift Transportation Co. announced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration assigned to Swift a safety fitness rating of “satisfactory” — its highest rating — following a review of the carrier’s operations and safety management controls.

The “satisfactory” rating resolves Swift’s litigation with the FMCSA over the agency’s proposed “conditional” rating in 2003. Swift’s current litigation with the FMCSA over civil penalties assessed in connection with audits in 2001 and 2003, in an aggregate amount of about $87,000, is not affected by FMCSA’s recent action.

“This is fabulous news,” said Robert W. Cunningham, president and chief operating officer of Phoenix-based Swift. “We are thrilled to have demonstrated, to the FMCSA’s satisfaction, Swift’s renewed emphasis on and commitment to safety. Our resolution of this issue will allow us to focus even more intently on our turnaround plan.”