ACTION: Notice of virtual public listening sessions.

SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that it will host two virtual public listening sessions pertaining to development of an updated methodology to determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate commercial motor vehicles in or affecting interstate commerce. Specifically, the Agency would like to hear from members of the public on issues of concern relating to the current Safety Fitness Determination (SFD), including, for example, the three-tiered rating system (Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory, Conditional) versus changing to a proposed single rating only when a carrier is found to be Unfit; utilizing inspection data and FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS); incorporating driver behavior into SFD ratings; and revising the list of safety violations used to calculate the rating, and adjusting the weights allocated to particular violations including increasing the weight for unsafe driving violations. In a separate notice, FMCSA announced and provided registration information for a related in-person listening session on the same topics to be held in June 2024.

DATES: The first virtual public listening session will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. A copy of the agenda will be available in advance of the session at https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/24fb5978-6282-4bc0-9edf-606db60155aa@c4cd245b-44f0-4395-a1aa-3848d258f78b.

The second virtual public listening session will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. A copy of the agenda will be available in advance of the session at https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/6d8b1246-2138-4ba9-821c-e926441fd2e1@c4cd245b-44f0-4395-a1aa-3848d258f78b.

Either session may end early if all participants wishing to express their views have done so.

Public Comment: The virtual sessions will allow members of the public to make brief statements to the panel. FMCSA will also accept written comments to the docket through August 7, 2024.

ADDRESSES: Both sessions will be held virtually. The link will be sent to participants after they register, which may be done at any time.

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Virtual Listening Session_Safety Fitness Determination_2024-13500 (06-20-2024)