Accession Number : ADA267335


Title :   Truck Safety: Improvements Needed In FHWA's Motor Carrier Safety Program


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a267335.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 29


Abstract : FHWA had rated the safety fitness of about 84,300 (40 percent) of the 213,000 interstate motor carriers in business, as of May 15, 1990. While the agency has accomplished a great deal, about 129, 000 carriers must be rated before the agency's established deadline of September 30, 1992, for rating all carriers. FHWA is unlikely to meet this deadline because (1) the universe of carriers is constantly changing (in fiscal year 1989, for example, about 21,000 new carriers entered the marketplace and about 16,000 went out of business or merged with another carrier) and (2) FHWA has assigned a limited number of safety investigators to this task. Although 70 percent of the motor carriers assessed under the safety review program received a less than satisfactory (conditional or unsatisfactory) rating, FHWA has not adequately implemented its two follow-up procedures for reasonably ensuring that carriers correct deficiencies in safety management controls-certification letters from carriers and compliance reviews.


Descriptors :   *TRUCKS , *HIGHWAYS , *PUBLIC SAFETY , CARGO VEHICLES , AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES , LAW ENFORCEMENT , LAND TRANSPORTATION


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Surface Transportation and Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE