New Regulations Increase Transportation Department's Authority To Revoke Operating Authority
New regulations will increase the ability of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to revoke trucking and bus companies’ authority to operate. The new regulations would permit the FMCSA to take this action even in situations where the scores on safety audits normally would not trigger action. According to the FMCSA the new rules are meant to target trucking and bus companies with a history of purposely violating safety requirements.
According to the FMCSA Administrator, Anne Ferro, “We are intent on shutting down bus and truck companies that willfully endanger the public” and the regulations permit the agency “to take stronger action against businesses and individuals that have a history of disregarding basic safety standards.” This new regulation comes on the heels of an audit that criticized bus regulators from the FMCSA for overlooking or not catching safety violations. For additional information on the new regulations read “U.S. to Go After Worst of Worst With Tougher Bus Rules”.