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Safety Fitness Determinations; Public Listening Session

Notice of public listening session.

FMCSA announces that it will host a listening session pertaining to development of an updated methodology to determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles in or affecting interstate commerce. Specifically, the Agency would like to hear from members of the public on issues of concern relating to the current Safety Fitness Determination (SFD), including, for example, the three-tiered rating system (Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, Conditional) versus changing to a proposed single rating only when a carrier is found to be Unfit; utilizing inspection data and FMCSA's Safety Measurement System (SMS); incorporating driver behavior into SFD ratings; and revising the list of safety violations used to calculate the rating, and adjusting the weights allocated to particular violations including increasing the weight for unsafe driving violations. This FMCSA-hosted listening session will be open to all interested persons and will take place concurrently with the Texas Trucking Show in Houston, TX. All comments will be transcribed and placed in the public docket for the regulatory action. Individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives are encouraged to attend. In a separate notice, FMCSA will formally announce and provide separate registration information for two related virtual-only listening sessions on the same topics to be held in June and July, 2024.

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