ASECTT is a group of shippers, carriers, brokers, and other interested parties that has been formed to alert the shipping community of the impact of CSA on capacity, competition and liability.
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I know that you are all aware of the FMSCA's SMS methodology and the resulting BASIC scores.
It is a shameful that our government has abdicated their responsibility to determine which carriers are safe or not. They have totally left us open to vicarious liability and put our companies at risk.
The unfortunate truth is that litigation and court rulings make laws these days. Therefore, it is only a hope and dream that the FMCSA will step up to the plate and provide a definitive carrier rating system without a court's directive.
I will be sending in a check for $1,000. I hope you do the same.
In issuing its guidance to shippers, brokers and carriers on May 16th, the FMCSA changed its role from a regulator to a game master. No longer does it determine who is safe to operate on the nation’s roadways under objective criteria as required by statute and regulation. Instead, it has set up an intricate game of Dancing With The Stars in which it functions as the “expert” assigning points to the remaining contestants.
The July 2012 House Small Business Committee hearing on CSA raised many of ASECTT's concerns with the program.
Official hearing materials may be found at this link, which summarizes the hearing and provides links to each witness's testimony, the official hearing notice and memo, YouTube video of the entire meeting, and the committee press release.
For approximately 30 years, motor carriers have competed for customers based on routes, rates and services. Safety was not a game but a given. Small businesses, largely blue collar entrepreneurs, were given a level playing field upon which to compete with giant, well established motor carriers. That level playing field was uniform enforcement of an objective safety criteria spelled out in statute and enforced by federal regulators (first the ICC, then the FMCSA) equally on all carriers without bias or preference with respect to carrier size, domicile, or states traveled.