House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Highway Safety

The U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held an oversight hearing on July 18 on FAST Act Implementation and highway safety. The list of witnesses included the current heads of the agencies with jurisdiction over highway safety (FHWA, FMCSA, and NHTSA), along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

In her opening statement, Ranking Member Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) expressed her concern over the rising number of fatalities on U.S. highways; she specifically asked the committee to examine the safety rating system under the CSA initiative. This request was based on feedback Del. Norton received from TIA members during its Annual Policy Forum.

A range of issues were discussed during the hearing, including CSA reform and the National Academy of Sciences study, ELD implementation, setting a Federal standard on marijuana usage for driving limits, coercion at U.S. ports, and entry level driver training requirements. FMCSA Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson noted the agency plans to submit its report on the National Academy of Sciences CSA study to Congress within 120 days; she said the agency will work with industry stakeholders to gain feedback.
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