The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMSCA) reports that a notice of amendment was published in the Federal Register explaining the details of a new methodology that they will use in order to calculate the threshold crash rate and driver, vehicle, and hazardous material, out-of-service rates that qualify or disqualify a driver for a hazardous materials safety permit (also known as a HMSP issuance). According to document 49 CFR 385.407 , in order for the FMCSA to issue a HMSP the motor carrier must no have a crash rate, or driver vehicle or HM OOS rate in the top 30 percentile of the national average. The new method uses eight years of data from the MCMIS; this differs from the current method which utilizes two years of inspection data. The rates will remain constant instead of changing every two years, which is how it currently operates. The new methodology came about after the FMSCA decided that crash and OOS rates, which will now remain constant over a longer period of time, will improve safety by providing a better identifiable standard for industry compliance. Furthermore it will decrease the inconvenience on motor carriers and the HM industry by allowing more suitable measures that ensure eligibility for the hazardous material safety permit.
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