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:
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.
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.