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Commercial Vehicle Safety

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY
ACTION PLAN
MAY 25, 1999

THE CHALLENGE AND OUR COMMITMENT

Over the past ten years, the truck fatality rate has been significantly lowered, but still, about 5,000 people die in truck crashes every year. There is enormous personal loss for victims and their families associated with these statistics

The progress we’ve made in the past is not enough. We are committed to reducing deaths and injuries. We are committed to achieving an aggressive goal of reducing fatalities resulting from large truck crashes 50 percent within the next ten years.

IMMEDIATE ACTIONS

  • Increased Enforcement - Tougher Review of Carrier Operations and Increased Penalties
  • Shutting down "unfit" motor carriers. Using new authorities given the Department under TEA-21.
  • Increased penalties for violations: Safety investigators have been direct to use their new authority to levy penalties of up to $10,000 for each separate violation. Record keeping violations that conceal a fact constituting a serious violation can lead up to a $5,000 penalty per violation. This should persuade irresponsible carriers, who have histories of repeat violations, that small fines are not just a cost of doing business.
  • Doubling the number of compliance reviews each safety investigator will conduct each year, from 24 to 48.
  • Where a death occurs in a crash, aggressively pursuing criminal or civil actions, when warranted.
  • Limited negotiated settlements of fines in enforcement cases. "Wrist slaps" will be eliminated.
  • Backlog Elimination: By January 1, 2000, we will have eliminated the current backlog of 1200 enforcement cases.
  • Increased Resources: The Administration has amended its FY 2000 budget asking Congress to provide $55.8M to expand our capabilities and further aid our state partners.

Enhanced Regulatory Power - More Tools for Safety Inspectors

  • Our goal is to have a final rule on hours-of-service completed as soon as possible. We will engage all interested and affected parties in the process of achieving this goal.
  • Railroad grade crossing violations. By this Summer, we will complete final rules to disqualify from holding a commercial drivers license, drivers who violate warnings.

Improved Information Management Systems

  • Aid state efforts to improve the quality and timely reporting of data they collect on accidents and enforcement actions in their states. This will help target investigations and enforcement.
  • By this Fall, a newly strengthened collaborative among FHWA, NHTSA, and BTS will be started to collect better data on the causes of truck crashes.

New Research and Technology Initiatives

  • Improve safety in over-the-road motor coach operations. Collaborative research with the motor coach manufacturing and operating industries will start this Fall to identify possible improvements that can practicably be made to improve rollover protection while maintaining existing frontal crash performance.
  • Real-world, in-service evaluation of advanced technology collision avoidance systems. Testing will begin early next year.

Public Information, Education, Partnership, and Outreach

  • Begin this Fall, a new safety awareness campaign, titled "Safety is Good Business." The needs of new motor carriers entering the business will receive special attention. The campaign will highlight the links between profitability and following proven safety practices.
  • Expand the "Share the Road/No Zone" campaign to inform all drivers how they can operate more safely and comfortably around large trucks with which they share our highways.

FUTURE ACTIONS

During the next 90 days, engage all affected parties in frank discussions about the long range strategy that will be needed to achieve our aggressive fatality and injury reduction goal. This broad agenda will involve the integrated and coordinated efforts of the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Research and Special Programs Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Actions that will be considered include:

  • Crashworthiness requirements to reduce fatalities in truck/car collisions.
  • Requirements for effectively controlling speeding of large trucks.
  • Imposing requirements that new carriers demonstrate knowledge of existing safety regulations.
  • Setting aggressive and accountable goals for states to reduce fatalities.
  • Imposing stiffer requirements on CDL applicants for traffic and drug and alcohol related violations.
  • Establishing a National Commission to study how pay affects drivers’ decisions to drive too many hours.


This information came from a
US DOT online article.

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