Regulators Step Up Enforcement Programs in Effort to Reduce Commercial Truck Accidents

21 June 2013

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has significantly increased the number of vehicles and drivers that it de-commissioned. It has also stepped up its enforcement activity, including more thorough investigations into some commercial carriers.

Findings of the Study

Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicated that 48 carriers in 2012 were mandated to be put out of service because of the imminent hazard that they posed. In 2011, there were only 10 carriers who were issued the same mandate.

According to the agency, regulators have also made improvements to their approach to investigations of safety issues. Regulators have moved from an investigation into a particular type of safety issue to full compliance reviews.

An investigator may arrive at a carrier’s office with the specific desire to check hours of service to check for compliance. However, once the investigator is there, he or she can learn about the system that the carrier is utilizing so that he or she can comprehend the level of the carrier’s compliance.

These regulators are now paying attention to specific issues, such as the maintenance of the carrier’s vehicles and violations regarding the hours of service, the two most common causes for violations found within the first two years of the agency’s safety program.

Improving Driver Accountability

The study also analyzed issues related to the personal liability that drivers may face.

In one example, the agency highlighted that a driver had to pay a fine of $4,000 when regulators found that the driver had a pattern of violations related to the reporting of hours of service. While

the carrier maintained a satisfactory rating, it was only able to do so after it quickly reviewed information pertaining to logs for a six month period of time.

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