CSA Opponents Testify the Program Harms Small Carriers

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Opponents of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program testified before the House Small Business Committee last week that the program harms small carriers.

The Alliance for Safe, Efficient and Competitive Truck Transportation, a group representing brokers, shippers and small carriers, said FMCSA is administering CSA in a way that "[deputizes] the shipper and broker community with the responsibility of making self-enforced safety fitness determinations under penalty of vicarious liability," said Chairman Tom Sanderson in a July 2 letter to the group's members.

The group is raising money to sue FMCSA over the program.

Transportation broker Jeffrey Tucker, CEO of Tucker Company Worldwide, Cherry Hill, N.J., said CSA is helping the agency but should not be used by shippers as a tool for selecting carriers.

Owner-operator Daniel Miranda, representing the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said CSA is not structured to handle smaller carriers that do not get frequent inspections.

 

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