FMCSA Seeks Comments on Vehicle Maintenance Practices

Date: December 6, 2018
Source: Transport Topics Magazine

Federal trucking regulators have issued a request for comments on the role that vehicle maintenance plays in motor carrier safety. The responses will be included in research that will use online surveys to obtain data to address the study’s objectives.

“The survey described in this notice is to determine what improvements, ranging from better compliance interventions to better vehicle maintenance requirements, would enhance motor carrier safety,” a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Federal Register announcement said Nov. 27. The agency is seeking comments through Dec. 27.

FMCSA has contracted with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg to conduct the study.

A 2014 study by the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center looked at identifying the highest-risk motor carriers targeted for intervention using FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System.

“One finding from the study was that motor carriers targeted for intervention due to vehicle maintenance issues had a 65% higher crash rate compared to the national average,” according to FMCSA. “While these initial findings are important, they raise additional questions.”

One question is prompted by a current regulation that states every carrier must have a program to “systematically inspect, repair and maintain all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control.”… To continue reading, CLICK HERE.

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