In 2015, then-President Barack Obama asked the transportation industry to incentivize motor carriers that were early adopters of safety technologies. Years later, the proposed “Beyond Compliance” program remains stalled.
The program urged the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to improve their Safety Measurement System, rewarding motor carriers that elevated safety efforts by installing advanced safety equipment. It also asked the FMCSA to track motor carriers’ safety compliance, as well as events like accidents and violations.
Beyond Compliance hasn’t been easy to organize, structure, or implement, as outlined in this article. There’s debate about how the program would work and how motor carriers would be rewarded for their efforts.
The trucking industry wants to see tangible benefits from the program, like providing improved safety scores to their insurance carriers to reduce their premiums.
It will likely take years to finalize and implement this program. Next steps could include surveying carriers, reviewing best practices, developing a program framework, and defining incentives.
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