The implementation of a motor carrier safety selection standard has remained a top priority for the association for more than a decade

Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics (3PL) industry, released today the following statement from President & CEO Anne Reinke regarding the recent introduction of H.R. 3042 - the “Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act” - by Congressman Seth Moulton (D-6th/MA) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-8th/WI):

This legislation is a common sense, bipartisan measure that lays out in the clearest terms possible that before you select a carrier, one must certify specific information regarding the carrier. The Federal government’s safety rating system is effectively broken, leaving industry stakeholders with no reliable information on carrier selection. This has created a situation of confusion and conflicting vagaries in the marketplace and quite frankly less safe highways and roads.

H.R. 3042 would amend the way the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducts its compliance review audits and replaces the physical system with one of data. Currently, nearly 90% of motor carriers remain unrated, which is a direct result of the dysfunctional system that exists today.

This legislation is about one thing, safety. The current process for selecting a carrier does not work; we need the federal government to facilitate one that does. This legislation adds clarity and rigor to our member's day-to-day operations.

Chris Burroughs, TIA's Vice President of Government Affairs, went on to note that “When CSA 2010 was rolled out in December 2010 the goal was to tie a data-driven system to the safety rating process, unfortunately here we are 11 years later, still waiting for the fix. H.R. 3042 is a bipartisan solution to address a severe safety gap in the marketplace supply-chain, by fixing the system and in the interim establishing a standard that requires entities selecting motor carriers to undertake due diligence.”