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

Friday, August 1, 2014


Please see below for important updates.

SMS Website Enhancements

Critics of SMS Methodology and its publication for use by "stakeholders" have reason to be concerned about the Agency's recently announced "enhancements." The public, shippers and brokers including plaintiff's bar, with a click of the mouse will be able to see a listing of all carriers with better percentile rankings than their preferred carrier vendor in each of the BASICs.  In furthermore of Plaintiff's Bar's argument that the consumer must second guess the Agency's ultimate safety fitness determination, this enhancement will make it all the easier for Plaintiff's Bar to argue that a shipper or broker was negligent in not selecting the safest carrier available based upon the Agency's readily available listing of all competitors by percentile rankings and peer groups.