Today, ABA commends the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for announcing its intent to revise its May 27, 2015 final rule titled “Lease and Interchange of Vehicles: Motor Carriers of Passengers,” stating the agency made the right decision after reviewing a multitude of petitions for reconsideration submitted by the industry.
“Safety is the number priority for our passengers, drivers and motorcoaches and while we absolutely support the need to put “bad actors” out of business, we should not be penalizing good, compliant carriers with unnecessary, ineffective leasing requirements” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso, CTIS. “We applaud the FMCSA for taking this step to ensure they get this rule right and maintain the established rule of law that carriers with operating authority be held accountable for their actions at all times or risk losing such operating authority.”
The FMCSA cited the various petitions for reconsideration of the original rule as the reason for their action. Further, to inform their new rulemaking effort, the agency will hold a public roundtable in late October to discuss the aspects of the original rule to be addressed in the new rulemaking.
“We look forward to participating in the next rulemaking, and will ensure our members and the industry are represented at the upcoming roundtable discussion,” Pantuso added. “We want to help FMCSA reach their goal to weed out bad apples, just not at the expense of responsible and safe carriers who follow the rules day in and day out, carrying more than 600 million people each year.”