Safety Fitness rule will come in 2013, Ferro says

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has in the works a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule that Administrator Anne Ferro says will be made public in the first half of 2013. 

Speaking during a conference call Monday, Dec. 3, covering the changes to CSA implemented this week — see that coverage here — Ferro said the agency may not have something in the first quarter of the upcoming year, but chances are good they agency will propose the rule by the middle of the year. 

With the rule, the agency wants to change the way Safety Fitness Determinations are made, moving away from compliance review-only data to using Safety Measurement System data from CSA that includes roadside inspections, crashes and compliance reviews — the data that makes up a carrier’s SMS.