Sanderson Continues Fight Against CSA Scoring System
Sanderson Continues Fight Against CSA Scoring System

Tom Sanderson, the C.E.O. of Alliance for Safe, Efficient, and Competitive Truck Transportation (ASECTT), wrote a letter to its members last month. In the letter, he promised the members that ASECTT would continue to call for reforms in the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. He also gave a clear agenda and working strategy to continue their battle against the CSA scoring system.

Sanderson opened the letter by reminiscing how their organization was labeled as a ‘lunatic fringe’ in 2011 by the Washington insiders. Following the recall, he highlighted the significant increase in numbers in ASECTT’s membership — which rose by 60. In his words, “trade associations joined with us in supporting the premise that Safety Measurement System (SMS) methodology was inaccurate and unfit.”

Sanderson also encouraged the members to continue to put efforts by reminding them of their previous success through the Fast Act 2015, which disallowed the CSA scores for a public preview. He added that there is still more to be done and that the “war is far from over.”

“Time has come for ASECTT to redefine its mission,” wrote Sanderson and presented his alternatives against the current scoring system. He self-proclaimed his alternatives as “fair, reasonable, and economical.”

Here are the key points of Sanderson’s proposed agenda:

  • There should be a bi-annual audit for carriers.
  • An independent judicial branch to deal with “administrative and judicial appeals” should be set up within the Department of Transportation (DoT).
  • The FMCSA should issue the APA-compliant rule-making rather than guidance and interpretations for public notices and regulations that have a legal bearing.
  • Determination and recognition of the fitness of a carrier should be the job of the agency and not the shipper or broker.
  • Whether by regulatory or legislative action, establishing that the doctrine of preemption requires that federal law “trumps” the application of state law to establish liability in accident suits, in misclassification of owner-operator actions, and in state overtime and other employment law situations.

He also enclosed with the letter the talking points that the organization had prepared for MCSAC. The following points — in addition to the above-stated alternatives — are a part of the ASECTT’s agenda:

The Unified Registration System (URS) should be replaced with a simpler and easily accessible system.
The administrative and adjudicatory responsibilities of the FMCSA should be split, and some of its responsibilities should be transferred to the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

He closed his letter by asking members to decide whether they want to join in the struggle against the CSA system or leave their place. He also asked them to fill in a survey attached with the letter to clarify their stances.

About ASECTT

ASECTT is a 26 USC 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. It aims to improve the road and carrier safety laws and ensure they are not over regulated.

The membership comprises of shippers, brokers, carriers, and other industry related people. They are lead by Tom Sanderson, the C.E.O of Transplace — a third-party logistics provider.

At present, ASECTT is on the mission to make reforms in the CSA scoring system.

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