Gallagher, Moulton Introduce the Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act
May 7, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) today introduced the Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act. This bipartisan bill will strengthen road safety by requiring the Department of Transportation (DOT) to enact a Safety Fitness Determination test for trucking companies, as well as require manufacturers and shippers to ensure trucking companies are licensed, registered, and insured.
“When manufacturers select trucking companies to ship their products, they are left without any standard to ensure those trucks are safe or fit to be on the road. The lack of a data-driven method to help manufacturers pick the best carriers has led to hundreds of thousands of accidents on roads and highways,” said Rep. Gallagher. “This bill directs the Department of Transportation to establish a safety rating process for trucking companies, and sets an interim standard to ensure manufacturers work with reliable trucking companies that are fully authorized, licensed, and insured.”
“Every single day, hundreds of thousands of Americans unwittingly put their lives in the hands of motor carriers like major trucking companies simply by driving up an on-ramp and onto the highway. That’s because right now there is no way for businesses shipping goods to verify the safety of the companies they pick to ship them,” Rep. Seth Moulton said. “Our bill orders the government to set new safety standards and, until those exist, creates a three-check system for motor carriers so that everyone who hires them knows whether they’re choosing safe drivers or companies with a reputation for cutting corners and causing accidents.”
The bill text can be found HERE.
Every year more than 100,000 truck crashes result in injury and more than 4,000 result in fatality. There are currently over 3,000,000 shippers and 20,000 third-party logistics providers (3PLs) choosing trucking companies that do not have consistent safety requirements in place to protect drivers and prevent accidents.