Barletta Claims Victory for Common-Sense Motor Carrier Safety Reform

Mar 31, 2017
Press Release
Allows Barletta-Led Congressional Reforms to Continue Unimpeded

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today declared victory in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that it is withdrawing the Obama Administration’s flawed Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule.  Barletta worked to delay the rule, which would have been based on a flawed safety program, and has led efforts to reform the safety score program.  The withdrawal of the Obama rule does not remove motor carrier safety scores.  Rather, it allows a Congressionally-mandated reform of the safety score program to continue, leading to a more accurate safety score calculation.

“This is a win for common sense and the need for an accurate method of gauging the safety of motor carriers,” Barletta said.  “I thank Secretary Chao for withdrawing the misguided SFD rule and allowing the safety program reform process Congress set forth to continue.  As a father of four and grandfather of six, I worry every day about the safety of my family when they’re out on the roads.  I strongly believe that unsafe vehicles should not be out there creating hazards.  That’s why I’ve been fighting for the best possible rule.”

The 2015 Highway Bill included Barletta’s provisions to improve the safety score calculations for carriers by making the scores more reflective of a company’s safety record.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is the lead U.S. Department of Transportation agency responsible for truck and bus safety, had appeared prematurely poised to amend safety regulations before the Congressionally-mandated reforms were completed.  The withdrawal of the Obama rule means that Congress will put forth reforms that more accurately reflect a company’s safety record.