FMCSA speeds work on raising carrier insurance minimums, slows on Safety Fitness scoring rule

The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal truck-crashbMotor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount of liability insurance for carriers a higher priority, according to projected rule publication dates in a Department of Transportation report issued this week.

FMCSA moved up the date in which it projects to publish a proposed insurance increase rule to Sept. 19, from last month’s November projection. The agency first announced its intention to pursue the rule in April, when it published a study saying the $750,000 minimum is too low and needs to be increased to account for inflation and higher medical costs.

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