Thursday, August 13, 2015


August 12, 2015

Highway Bill Related Legislation Involving SMS Methodology

Before the Senate skipped town for a month, a Bill was introduced as a compromise in an effort by the Senate to pass a highway funding bill (S. 1732). With little attention or advance notice, the Senate compromise perverted the intent of both the TIA supported House Bill 1120 (Duncan) and House Bill 5532 (Barletta) which is supported by OOIDA, NASTC and ATA.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SMS Update

SMS Update
            1.         Legislative Initiatives.  There are 3 Bills pending in Congress:

                        (1)        H.R. 1120 – "To Enhance Interstate Commerce by Creating a National Hiring Standard for Motor Carriers."  Introduced by John Duncan (R-TN) on 2/26/15.  This Bill, supported by TIA, would establish a new hiring standard of "licensed, authorized and insured" and is designed to protect shippers, brokers and intermediaries against negligent selection lawsuits.

                        (2)        H.R. 5532 – Reintroduced as H.R. 1371 – "Safer Trucks and Buses Act of 2015." Introduced by Lou Barletta (R-PA) on March 16, 2015.  Supported by NASTC, OOIDA and ATA, this Bill would require removal of SMS methodology from the website pending further study of its efficacy and a report back to Congress.

Friday, September 19, 2014

News Update

 A second bill aimed at nullifying misuse of SMS methodology has been introduced by Pennsylvanian Congressman. See following press release "Barletta Introduces Safer Trucks and Buses Act."

See also some good press coverage of our letter to Secretary Foxx sent Tuesday - Blocking CSA scores: More calls for FMCSA to remove them from public view - Article: "More trucking, shipper groups ask Foxx to block ‘flawed’ CSA scores"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ASECTT and Coalition Members Call for Removal of SMS Methodology from Website

Several weeks ago, 10 trucking associations led by ATA and OOIDA requested Secretary Foxx to remove SMS methodology from public view.  See Fleetowner Article, "Groups ask DOT to hide CSA scores from public view."

This request shows a building consensus for ASECTT's position that SMS methodology is flawed and not fit for use.  

Today, ASECTT has filed a similar request with Secretary Foxx, pointing out the flaws in SMS methodology, our consistent opposition to its publication and the adverse consequences of publication on shippers and brokers as well as carriers.  See the letter to Secretary Foxx.

Joining in ASECTT's request is a coalition of affected industry participants including carrier, shipper and intermediary groups.  We are heartened by the increasing industry recognition that SMS methodology is not fit for use and should not be a tool for plaintiff's bar in tort liability suits.

Yours truly,
Henry Seaton